Introducing Seam Designed by Adam Cornish
Through a simple series of cuts, folds and joins, Seam is materialised with elegant and precise form. The Seam collection is conceived with a design process not dissimilar to the way in which a piece of fabric is tailored into a form-fitting garment, a refined ‘seam’ along the spine of the chair making reference to a seam detail used in garment construction.
The Seam collection is prominent Australian designer Adam Cornish’s first collection for Tait. In manufacturing their first chair to hero sheet metal, Seam breaks new ground for the brand in a departure from the signature wire chair designs for which they are renowned. “Although fabric and sheet metal seem worlds apart, the tailoring process used to construct shapes is surprisingly similar” says Cornish. The result being a unified series characterised by clean lines, fluid contours and refined design detail – contrasted by an inherently robust construction and hard- wearing tactility. The Seam collection forms a family of seating and tables designed for a variety of applications. Comprising six typologies, the collection includes dining chair, stacking chair, bar stool, dining table, café table and bar table. Spanning commercial to residential applications including hospitality, breakout, alfresco and balconies, the Seam collection is designed for outdoor use, though is equally at home indoors.
With a shell formed and folded from a single piece of flat sheet aluminium, ends meet to form a ‘seam’ along the spine of the chair – celebrating and showcasing the elegant design detail. This process enables a natural water drainage point to be created at the base of the shell and doubles as a practical handle for moving the chair as required. Perfectly pressed and moulded contours offer increased levels of comfort and functionality. With a restrained, modernist aesthetic underpinning the design, Seam is able to harmoniously blend into almost any space, whilst remaining sculpturally pleasing in its own right.
The Seam collection is personified through a rich and earthy colour palette, making reference to Australian coastlines, terrains and flora – hues include Deep Ocean, Paperbark, Ochre, Pale Eucalypt and Woodland Grey. Finished in hard-wearing, UV-stable, textured powder coat, Seam’s surfaces take on a soft, tactile and refined quality. The chair, stool and table legs are available with the option of either powder coated stainless steel or variation of finished timbers.
In staying true to Tait’s ethos and design DNA, the Seam collection has been designed and made to last a lifetime. Seam has been carefully considered at every point of the design and manufacturing process to offer superior levels of durability, longevity, functionality as well as timeless aesthetics. Structurally, the Seam shell and table top are made from aluminium – highly resilient, light, strong and with great corrosion resistance – making it an ideal material choice for an outdoor product exposed to the elements and enduring heavy-use. The chair, stool and dining table legs are supported by a robust cradling system made from stainless steel – also with beneficial properties including high strength and corrosion resistance. The hard-wearing, textured powder coat adds an additional barrier of corrosion resistance to the design.
The Seam collection demonstrates environmental conscience with regards to product longevity, minimal use of resources, replaceable componentry as well as recyclable, sustainable material choices. Seam’s timeless design will remain relevant for years to come, coupled with high durability and options to replace componentry, the collection is a nod to the notion “buy once, buy well”.
Photography by Haydn Cattach.