Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER will launch the AXYL collection for UK furniture brand Allermuir at the London Design Festival in September at Somerset House. Comprising a chair, available with and without arms, a barstool and a café table, AXYL utilises a strong geometric design language that is entirely original yet draws on familiar references, such as the A-frame typology and a Mid-Century Danish wrap-around shell.
AXYL is Benjamin Hubert’s and LAYER’s first collaboration with a British furniture brand, and the intensive project, including high tooling investment, was completed in 2 years from sketch to full production. The AXYL collection is part of LAYER’s ongoing commitment to working with companies to lower their impact on the environment.
The recycled aluminium in the Y-frame of the chairs uses just 5% of the energy required to create new aluminium and also offers significant cost savings; the chair shells, stool tops and café table tops are available in a variety of low-impact materials, including recycled wood fibre, reclaimed timber and recycled nylon, offering an effcient way of re-using waste product from the furniture industry.
The AXYL collection is a sophisticated combination of recognisable elements – such as the A-frame typology and the Mid-Century wrap-around shell – that come together to create a distinctive new form. The chairs employ a unique recycled die-cast aluminum Y-frame silhouette topped with a softly geometric injection moulded shell, which is designed to embrace the sitter, and an optional cushion. The AXYL chairs stack four-high to enable easy storage. The café table and barstool share the same characterful design language, with recycled aluminum frames topped with gently curved tops.
Info and images courtesy of LAYER