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Nic Graham is one of today's designers pondering how to make a sofa modern and he strikes a brilliant note with his version for the Chillax collection from Stellar Works. The Australian-born creative anchors the sofa with generous proportions and a single elongated seat cushion and adds a mix of back and cushions for changeable comfort in the sleek wraparound structure. A steel tubing framework gives a kinetic quality and banishes any heaviness of scale often seen in seating. And its matte powder-coat and brass detailing subtly redefine what a luxurious finish can be.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.