Tim Rundle's new collection for SP01 includes the Caristo armchair and ottoman, the Michelle mirror and the Mohana nest of tables, here with black frame and marble tops. 

Tim Rundle's new collection for SP01 includes the Caristo armchair and ottoman, the Michelle mirror and the Mohana nest of tables, here with black frame and marble tops. 

The figures are in and Milan Design Week 2018 was the city’s biggest design gathering ever with half a million visitors in just six days. Now that the dust has settled, more space revisits the week’s highlights with a look at Australian brand SP01.

SP01 showed in two locations, one in the city and the other on Milan's industrial fringe. Inside Casa Via Cesare Correnti an 18th-century traditional Milanese residential building, the satellite exhibition 'Local Milan' was curated by Local Design’s founder Emma Elizabeth and presented a collective of Australian designers.

 The Chee high chair and new high table designed by Tom Fereday for SP01 Outdoor. 

The Chee high chair and new high table designed by Tom Fereday for SP01 Outdoor. 

On show at Via Tortona 31 the new Tim Rundle collection celebrated detail, simplicity and refinement. The New Zealand-born and London-based designer marked his first collection for SP01 by using a diverse palette of materials, including marble, soft and luxurious fabrics including velvet, simply detailed metals and finishes that celebrate each element. 

Describing the design intent of the new collection as based around the principle of honest design, Rundle remarks: “It is the process I apply to every piece. That’s why we worked with raw materials like stone and timber and just metal.” The key element of the collection is the articulated metal frame, a detail that beautifully counterbalances the plush upholstery and hewn stone. 

Further additions to the brand include new pieces for both the indoor and outdoor collections, including a series of high tables for outdoor dining, and a sneak preview of a new storage and table collection by Metrica. When it all comes together in one show, the beauty of the brand can also be seen in the ability of each piece to work together, every new collection comfortably weaving in with the last.

My work is always grounded in a strong knowledge of design and history and a respect for what has been done before. It is not about repeating, but connecting in a new way. We were thinking about elements of mid-century Italian design, a Milanese palazzo and pieces that would comfortably sit in spaces all over the world.
— Tim Rundle, Tim Rundle Studio
 The Shu-Ying armchair and Mohana tables designed by Tim Rundle, and the Anita armchair with new storage/table unit by Milan-based studio Metrica.

The Shu-Ying armchair and Mohana tables designed by Tim Rundle, and the Anita armchair with new storage/table unit by Milan-based studio Metrica.

 The Shu-Ying armchair and Mohana tables designed by Tim Rundle for SP01.

The Shu-Ying armchair and Mohana tables designed by Tim Rundle for SP01.

Tom Fereday presented his first collection for SP01, an outdoor range of chairs and tables in various configurations crafted in intricately bent metal wire. 

Building on SP01’s first collection by the Milanese design studio Metrica which presented the brand’s philosophy for rigorous design and integrity in form, material and production, SP01 Outdoor continues the group’s partnership with Italian manufacturers and craftsmen who when talking with Fereday, really pushed their production capabilities to achieve the details required. Working on this collection was also challenging for SP01 in terms of meeting the demands of a tough Australian environment, so the group undertook salt mist testing for 1500 hours to ensure the highest quality outcome.

 

It was a truly collaborative effort between me, SP01 and the manufacturer to achieve that [outdoor] collection. Everything’s on show, every weld and every detail, and it took us nearly 2-years to resolve the production because they are not easy products to manufacture.
— Tom Fereday, Tom Fereday Design

A brand that is just over 2 years old (their first collection launched in Milan in 2017), SP01 is already turning heads and winning hearts around the world. The collection now represented by design showrooms from Sydney to Vienna – including A+R Design in LA, Inform Interiors in Canada, Archetypal in Hong Kong, Koperhuis in Belgium; Silvera in France and the UK; and Diseno in Austria.

SP01 Design is available exclusively in South East Asia from Space – Australia – and Space – Asia
 

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