New outdoor Ribbon Range at Robert Plumb by David Harrison of Design Daily


Robert Plumb has a longstanding reputation for solid, Australian-made timber outdoor furniture that is designed, and built, to last. But for a recent expansion of the product offering they turned to David Harrison of Design Daily to help them produce a new range with an alternative aesthetic.

“Robert Plumb wanted something different to what existed, a product that
is visually finer and more streamlined, that in turn attracts a different customer,” says Harrison.

The Ribbon Range is designed primarily for outdoors, but looks surprisingly comfortable indoors as well, and takes its inspiration from Bauhaus tubular metal furniture reinterpreted in a flat steel bar.

“The benefit of metal is that spans are greater than in timber as so this uncluttered, open and airy result feels lean and minimal in appearance,” says Harrison.ribbon_lounge_setting_swisspearl_02

One of the key considerations was the longevity of the furniture given Australian conditions of extreme UV and so, a base structure of stainless steel has an etch-prime paint finish and then a durable polyester powder coat.

There are 11 standard finishes for the frame including an option for a raw 316 marine grade, garnet blasted stainless steel finish (as well as the opportunity for a custom shade), which works with the Westbury Textiles Linnen range.

“For me the concept of a continuous ribbon of metal, a mobius strip, with its loop sled legs and the special feature in the armchair of the twist – works visually but is also where you rest your elbows”, says Harrison.

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