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New Relo chair from Gresham

The Relo collection of cocoon chairs takes inspiration from sea-smoothed stones.

27/10/2021 2 min read

Spurred by research on view preferences (Joye, 2007), which argues biomorphic forms and patterns reduce stress, while encouraging focus and concentration, Gresham’s designer, Steven Parkinson, crafted a comfortable cocoon for this latest collection from Gresham.

With a curved, cushioned base and back, Relo offers a balance of form and function. Its winged element also serves a practical purpose, enabling users to rest their arms at an ideal height.

Presented in a contemporary colour palette, with combinations ranging from cool coral and grey, to sea blue and white, and a multitude of textural blends, each piece can be made specifically to suit various styles or settings.

‘With all that’s happened over the last year and a half, we felt it was really important to create a collection of furniture that specifically helped with the transition of bringing people back into the office,’ explains Steven.

‘After a prolonged period of homeworking for many, comfort was at the top of our agenda when it came to the design of Relo. And this spanned physical comfort, but also helping people to feel at ease in their surroundings. Taking aesthetic cues from nature, we built an imbued sense of calm into the chair. The opposite of angular, it’s a welcoming piece that provides support to the user – in every aspect.’

‘The colour palette we’ve selected for Relo is trend-led, while reflecting our biomorphic inspiration. We’re also allowing customers to combine textured materials to further add personalisation and comfort. Woven fabric can be cooled with a juxtaposition of smooth leather, while suede might meet a hard outer shell. The ability for building bespoke is a very exciting prospect.’

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