Rhubarb Seating: The Delaunay at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

Rhubarb Seating Limited, an Oxfordshire-based manufacturer of non-domestic seating, are proud to announce the newest edition to their soft seating collection – The Delaunay.

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The art deco inspired Delaunay is a sleek and sophisticated sofa designed as a showstopper with the ability to instantly elevate a space. The design originated from a client’s bespoke request for a curved sofa that would mirror the radius of a circular rug situated in the lobby of a prestigious property development complex.

Commenting on the original design concept, Filipe Oliveira Head of Projects & Design, said:

“The client wanted the contour of the sofa to curve in symmetry with a circular rug and coffee table and produced a sketch for what they had in mind. Affectionately nicknamed ‘the jellybean,’ I used our CAD software to play with the design idea and achieve a curved structure that would aesthetically meet the brief and would also form the base of a sturdy frame to support the seating unit. This was the early stage of the product development process to allow the client to conceptualise the design and to permit us to optimise the technicalities of construction.”

Rhubarb Seating has a skilled and experienced in-house team of product designers, upholsterers, and joiners, enabling them to control their own production processes from end to end and to offer clients expert advice and competitive lead-times, as well as best value pricing. As a British manufacturer the company is focused on working with UK supply chains who share their sustainability objectives to encourage more environmentally friendly processes and materials. The Delaunay’s core structure is made from FSC® timber, an internationally recognised certification that the wood comes from an ethical, sustainable, and responsible source.

As well as its eye-catching look, The Delaunay offers ultimate comfort with high density foams on the seat and back. The design of the curved back rail ensures relaxing support for those sitting or reclining on the sofa. Managing Director David Matthews commented:

“The Delaunay demonstrates our innovation in product design and really showcases the skilled craftsmanship we have in seating manufacturing. It has proven to be a popular piece for clients looking to make an impression when redesigning their reception or welcome areas, particularly when it is upholstered in plush velvet fabric.”

Rhubarb Seating have The Delaunay on display in their showroom in Thame, Oxfordshire, upholstered in their signature brand colour purple. It can also be seen in the Koplus showroom in Clerkenwell, London. Commenting on The Delaunay, Barry Foley, Koplus UK’s CEO, said:

“We love the contemporary style of The Delaunay and it attracts attention from the clients we have visiting the showroom. We are thrilled to have it on display, especially for our first time in location at 93 Goswell Road for Clerkenwell Design Week.”

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