To celebrate fifty years of supplying furnishings to student accommodation providers (originally under the PeelMount banner), we commissioned international furniture designer Nathalie de Leval to design a range of contemporary modular furniture suitable for both refurbishment and new-build schemes in all types of residential and contract settings – especially student accommodation.
With a brief to create something flexible, durable and beautiful, Nathalie developed a system of components that cleverly ‘fit’ together to make an almost unlimited number of configurations possible. Another key requirement of the brief was to make it very easy to install, reducing the amount of onsite fitting and eliminating cutting and scribing-in altogether.
“ The biggest challenge was to find a way to bring a sense of quality and warmth to the furniture. I was also adamant that this should be grown up furniture, without the often over used flashy colours and novelty handles.”
Nathalie de Leval
For the designer, thinking about the student experience of the students was fundamental to the design. Even given the tight constraints of the materials - predominantly melamine faced chipboard and cost, she was determined to give the same level of care and consideration to the design to create furniture that feels warm and inviting, helping to create a home away from home for the students. This has led to a design that sits as comfortably in a residential setting as it does in a student bedroom.
The modular furniture is based on a system of low plinths or plinths with legs onto which are fitted the different units; wardrobes, chests of drawers and shelving, in different arrangements to suit the size and shape of any room. All the units are designed on a grid to ensure that however they are put together there is a consistency in terms of heights and depths, creating calm, clean lines in even the smallest rooms. Long, solid oak handles bring a moment of warm natural material just where you feel it. The result is a range of furniture whose design is both contemporary and timeless.
Nathalie de Leval is an internationally renowned furniture designer and maker, whose work ranges from bespoke commissions and products, to design for production. She has worked with Sir Paul Smith, Chelsea award winning garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and Sir Terence Conran’s Benchmark Furniture. Originally a sculptor, she studied cabinet making to improve her making skills, and discovered a passion for furniture which led to an MA in furniture design at the Royal College of Art.
Nathalie is passionate about the role good furniture can have on people’s lives. She cares deeply about designing and making furniture that lasts. Her designs are driven by the importance of having a clear understanding of the needs and demands of her clients and the places where her furniture will live. Through extensive model making to refine and develop ideas, and her skill as a cabinet maker understanding materials and craft, Nathalie strives for her furniture to transcend our throw away culture, and become pieces that are loved and cared for over many years.
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