For the past two years bassike has collaborated with one of our favourite homewares stores Cult Design as part of their annual ‘Chairity Project’. Each year the project has seen Cult working with a collective of Australian creatives to reinterpret the design of a historically significant chair, in previous years bassike has had the honour of reimagining the CH33 (1957) by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son and the Series 7 (1955) by Arne Jacobsen for Republic of Fritz Hansen.
bassike x cult design chairity project
This year, instead of looking to the past for inspiration Cult focused firmly on the future with the challenge of reinterpreting a more contemporary piece of design, the Officina chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. bassike joined 15 other creatives including Henry Wilson, Studio Elke, Fiona Lynch, Olsen Ormandy and Tracey Deep to take on the challenge of reinterpreting the Officina chair.
The concept for bassike’s reinterpretation of the chair began with the idea of working with earthy, natural materials to bring a warmth and softness to industrial design. bassike co-founders Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan selected a premium Italian leather to create a second skin for the chair in the form of two removable slips. Each slip is thoughtfully finished with contrast stitching and bound with thick leather lacing.
The 16 one-of-a-kind designs are now available to bid for online until the 27th of November, alongside a travelling exhibition at Cult's Sydney and Melbourne showrooms. During this period, Cult hopes to raise significant funds for the 16 charities nominated by the creatives, and support a wide range of causes from depression to wildlife conservation and cancer research.
bassike’s nominated charity is the Mirabel foundation, a not-for-profit charity which provides vital support to a growing number of children who are orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family. bassike is proud to work closely with Mirabel on a number of charity initiatives each year as part of this ongoing partnership.