DE LA ESPADA
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This volume includes lifestyle photography shot at Casa Da Escrita and Fonte Boa House; an interview with João Mendes Ribeiro; and features on craftspeople.
This volume includes lifestyle photography shot at São Mamede House and Monte da Azarujinha; interviews with Aboim Inglez Arquitectos, Manuel Aires Mateus, and Jason Miller; and features on De La Espada craft and events.
FOCUSING on the key pieces of furniture for the home:
A PLACE TO EAT, REST, SLEEP AND WORK.
Objects with Meaning
The objects in our lives should be useful and beautiful, well thought through, and designed to last. As our experiences become layered memories, the reassuring presence of our valued possessions reminds us of our life’s journey. Objects that connect with us originate from a place of connection: creators invested in the integrity of their craft, materials that appeal to the senses, consideration of the wider world. At De La Espada we build for life; furniture that ages well, with enduring relevance.
Luxury in the details
There is no greater luxury than time and personal attention. It is the small moments that define the whole of our lives; likewise, a product is the culmination of its details. From our design partners to our craftspeople, there is a deep engagement with our furniture, and a mission to make it as beautiful and enduring as possible.
No detail is too small for consideration, from the particulars of joinery, to tactility, to decisions over how to apply each plank of wood to showcase the individuality of its colour and grain. We define luxury as experience, taking the time to enjoy the process of creation, and passing this pleasure on to those who spend a lifetime with our furniture.
At home in the world
De La Espada is deeply connected to Portugal, home to our dedicated factory and many of the people who pour passion and skill into creating our products. The warmth and history found in Portuguese design and architecture is present in our work, combined with an international perspective brought by our homes in London and New York, and our collaborators in Stockholm, Venice, Shanghai, London, New York, and Istanbul. We work closely with our design partners, combining expertise and exchanging cultures, friendships, and ideas. De La Espada furniture is where the creativity of some of the world’s leading designers meets the highest level of European craftsmanship.
KIMBLE WINDSOR CHAIR
Kimble is a Windsor chair named after a neighbouring village of High Wycome in Buckinghamshire, where the Windsor chair originated. The chair uses traditional Windsor chair making techniques in order to further the story, the evolution of the English Windsor chair. The contrast of the black walnut seat on this otherwise ash chair, attractively highlights the wedge tenon detail where the leg intersects with the top of the seat.
CLASSON TALL CHEST
Jason Miller’s furniture for De La Espada is inspired by the housing trend currently prevalent in Brooklyn, where 100-year-old brownstones, originally built as single family homes then converted into apartment buildings, are being converted back into single family homes. Many of these buildings still retain original details such as ornate fireplaces, moldings and woodwork, but are in need of renovations, creating an interesting juxtaposition of old and new design. Jason Miller’s product line captures this juxtaposition of time, purpose, and aesthetics.
SOLO DINING CHAIR
Inspired by the Eames Shell Chair, the Solo Chair is an updated version that transforms the early industrial look of the Eames iconic chair into a sophisticated, comfortable chair that is suitable both in domestic and commercial settings. Solo chair has an upholstered shell that hugs the sitting body to create a microcosmic universe for the person, becoming an object of shelter and refuge, where the person can be “solo” and undisturbed while being hugged in this position.
FRAME SOFA SYSTEM
The Frame series explores the architectural concept of tectonics, celebrating the art of construction. It was developed with the objective to create a single frame that could serve all the needs of the product such as a base, legs, decorative feature, and even practical support for accessories including trays. Made from solid wood, the frame’s appearance reveals clearly how it is constructed through the visible joinery details.
All lifestyle photography by Yuki Sugiura