Benjamin Hubert’s expertise lies in industrial design, not fashion, but he sure is on a roll with apparel-inspired furniture. Garment, a recent collaboration with Cappellini, wrapped a polyurethane club chair in a single sheet of fabric like a custom piece of clothing; Pelt, a new plywood piece for De La Espada, is a wooden seat with a back that, when unbent, looks surprisingly like a simple T-shirt--a thoroughly human hide rendered in thin timber.
The London-based designer is notoriously keen on experimenting with process and materials, and it took a solid year of prototyping to perfect the shape and structure of Pelt, which sits atop an ash frame. Its cross-legged construction makes stacking possible, meaning a six-unit dining set can be stowed away easily--they’ve even got a handy handle to make schlepping them around no sweat. Hubert has experimented with watches and bags before, so who knows--there might be a ready-to-wear collection in his future, in addition to his ever-growing ready-to-sit series.