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Fast Company

Partisans Reimagine Furniture Design With A Fusion Of Taste And Art

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After returning from architectural internships in Rome and New York, Alexander Josephson discovered a Restoration Hardware catalog resting on his parents' kitchen counter. "There's a divide in furniture design," says the founder of Toronto-based architecture group Partisans. "There's mass-consumer taste and what architecture designers actually want to produce." So he fused the two. Inspired by the classic tufted leather bench--"It's that object everyone wants to buy for their library"--Josephson used 3-D modeling software to create fractal patterns that lend the look to other materials. A wood bench like this one costs up to $5,000, but Partisans can produce a concrete version for just $500. "I'm planning to drop them off in public spaces," Josephson says. And for park visitors who skeptically eye the bench's curves, Josephson offers an assurance: "It's really comfy." (Price upon request, partisanprojects.com)

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