EST: How did you envisage the piece being used? Has the response to the design brought
DE PASS: I always envisaged this bench to be a comfortable, versatile piece of furniture suitable for indoor and outdoor, public and private, formal and more informal settings and I think that it has fulfilled these aims. It’s always great to see your work out there in the world, having a life of its own.
EST: Designs often develop over time. What parts of the design do you feel will remain fixed?
Are there any elements that you plan to revisit and change?
DE PASS: The key language of the bench consists of the repeated base element, and the inverted seat, these are the more ‘fixed’ elements, if you like. The changing elements on the other hand, so far, have been the bench top materials, the paint finish, the length of the bench. So far this has been the case, but in the future who knows! The physical language and form are strong so could always be translated into another manufacturing process or could lead to other product types, for example a table.
EST: What for you is the secret behind innovating, pushing the boundaries of design forward?
DE PASS: One of the secrets is allowing time to work through an idea. But equally, it’s important too to be bold and push up against and challenge norms. Established & Sons have never been scared to take products in unexpected directions. They are always up for trying new things, alongside valuing the time needed to develop the product properly.
EST: In the shortest sentence possible describe what you believe the goal of a designer
DE PASS: Responding not only to the constraints, but also the opportunities that are inherent
in a problem or in the needs of a client and society.
Words by Anna Winston
Photography by Peer Lindgreen
Production Photography by Livia Lauber