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Planks Collection

Designed by Max Lamb, Planks’ roots lie in the humble carpenter’s workbench and 17th/18th century English country furniture. The collection (a dining table, bench, shelving, console table and lounge table) promotes utility, strength, durability and economy of material. Easily accessible storage prevents clutter from gathering on work surfaces. Varying plank sizes have been used for each piece of furniture to minimize waste.

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“I started with a rigorous understanding of the processes involved from log to boule and then stripped away all superfluous detail. I’ve used full width planks as the defining feature, both structurally and visually, with the key intention being to make a collection of furniture with utility, strength, durability and economy of material.” – Max Lamb

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“As a maker I really admire Max Lamb’s clarity of thought and way of approaching design. He is entirely driven by his fascination with material and process, breaking it down to its purest expression with no concern of style or fashion. I am naturally drawn to Max’s enthusiasm and values. I really like his association with nature, which provides so much of the inspiration for his work, and the way he immerses himself wholeheartedly, and more, into every project with seemingly unbounded energy. He is a joy and an inspiration to work with.” – Sean Sutcliffe / co-founder of Benchmark

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Full- width planks are used as the defining feature. Narrower planks are joined to form structural rails to support the top. Four simple L-shaped legs, structurally strong yet physically light, connect to the side of the box and support the cantilevered top. Available in Douglas fir or oak.

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Max Lamb:

Planks is all about working furniture. Its roots lie in the humble carpenters workbench and 17th and 18th century English country furniture such as boarded chests, box stools and dough troughs. Common to all is the additional function of storage to which legs are attached, providing easily accessible storage and preventing clutter on the working surface.

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Planks acknowledges the fact that a milled tree yields boards of varying widths by utilising multiple sizes in the construction of each piece of furniture. Three wide planks side-by-side offer a generous surface with uninterrupted wood grain whilst the impressive scale of the tree remains visible. Narrower planks are joined to form structural rails to support the top. By adding a fourth plank to the underside, a hidden storage box makes good utility of the otherwise wasted space below the surface. Four simple L-shaped legs, structurally strong yet physically light, connect to the side of the box and support the cantilevered top.

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The wide planks of oak and Douglas fir give the pieces an apparent simplicity but one which presents significant challenges around construction and stability of the timber.

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Planks is plain, simple and useful furniture made with well executed and workmanlike techniques. The combination of our craftsmanship with Max Lamb’s lateral approach to design, thoughtful detailing and attention to proportions results in pieces that have both function and beauty.

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Data:

Name: Planks
Type: Furniture Collection
Materials: British Douglas Fir or European Oak
Materials Combination: Wood, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions:

  • Dining Table – 2500 x 900 x 720 £2450
  • Bench – 2500 x 300 x 440 £1195
  • Lounge Table – 900 x 900 x 378 £1395
  • Lounge Table – 900 x 1350 x 378 £1450
  • Console – 1500 x 300 x 800 £1775
  • Shelving – 2500 x 330 x 2230 £3300 (with storage); £2285 (without storage)

Colors: Natural Color
Year: 2016

Awards:

  • 2016 – The Wood Awards – Category: Production Made – Winner

The people:

Furniture Designer: Max Lamb – United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Benchmark Furniture – Bath Road, Kintbury, Hungerford RG17 9SA, United Kingdom
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Text Description: © Courtesy of Max Lamb, Benchmark Furniture
Images: © Benchmark Furniture

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