Morgan has unveiled its latest collection, designed by Tim Rundle: Bilbao, a contemporary and curvaceous tub chair, offering a generous sitting space amongst plump, pebble-like cushions.
Launched during London Design Festival 2022 (19-23 September), the Bilbao chair combines crisp defined edges with gentle, organic surfaces, reminiscent of the Frank-Gehry designed museum in the Northern Spanish city after which it is named.
Tim and Morgan Studio sought to create a chair with a solid, yet sensuous presence, being fully upholstered and planted on the ground. Through its luxurious soft forms, Bilbao evokes a retreat-like atmosphere in commercial spaces, including hospitality, cruise and workplaces.
Morgan’s production team pushed the boundaries of the upholstery process to create Bilbao. While the forms of the chair are ones normally associated with highly industrial techniques, the team achieved the soft organic shapes in cut foam, a considerably more hand-made process, which provides greater control.
This marks Morgan’s second collaboration with industrial designer Tim Rundle, having launched their first collection, Rakino, together in 2019.
Tim comments: “I have a strong interest in how historical furniture typologies evolve over time, and this sits well with Morgan’s collections, which encompass both classic and contemporary aesthetics. While Rakino captured the evolution of a chair type born from mid-twentieth century Scandinavia, Bilbao pays homage to 1920’s Central Europe.”
“In designing furniture, we acknowledge that we are evolving existing typologies. However, we always ensure our new pieces are fully contemporary in their attitude, with a reductive approach to detailing and strong consideration of mass production.”
This year marks 20 years of LDF and 30 years of Morgan under the ownership and direction of Rodney McMahon and Katerina Zachariades.
Arriving in Clerkenwell on the 19th September, join Tim Rundle and the Morgan team for a celebration of design excellence, with a design-themed quiz, happy hour drinks and nibbles, and the chance to win the Bilbao chair.
Find out more and RSVP to Morgan’s LDF activities here.