Snug furniture say that they are ‘inspired by the evolving character of modern life’. We say they tread an exciting path between the unexpected and what works. Founded by Alex Brandon Hendricks and Maybelline Té, they now have six designers creating an idiosyncratic product line and a growing band of enthusiasts. Unless we say otherwise, the pieces we are featuring are designed by Debbie Palao.
These are cloud chairs. Made out of Viro grey or white fiber over a steel frame. 62.5″ X 64″ X 32.5″. We think they would work indoors or out. Maybe in an orangery? You do have one don’t you? But what’s this on those side tables? Water? Maybelline Té! Has no one told you what fish do in water?
Ahhhhhh, that’s better. Just what we need, a table with an indent for a champagne bottle. Guess you could also use it for, oh who cares? Everyone should have a table with a hole full of ice and Champagne. It is called Bucket Table and behind it is the Lo Rider Love Seat. They are both designed by Clayton Tugonon. The Bucket Table is individually hand inlaid with rattan core and 48x48x8″. The Lo Rider Love Seat is hand inlaid with coconut twig and is 32 x 29 x24″
We asked Maybelline about the impact of all that ice and champagne on the wood and she told us that thanks to the resin coat it simply wipes off. She also said she uses it to float flower and candles, which sounds like a lovely idea. Maybelline’s friends have used the Egg Table, shown above, in a covered outdoor area at their beach house. Even after a number of years it is holding up well. In fact, the slight weathering actually adds something.
Now that’s a sign of what some people call heirloom pieces. Isn’t it so much more satisfying to buy something that will endure rather than this week’s trend to be thrown away and replaced with something else which will, in turn, be heading for the landfill? Being green is, as much as anything, about reducing what we consume. And that means buying quality furniture, furniture like this, which we will want to keep. OK, sermon over.
Back inside for one of my favourite Snug pieces, the Tattoo Cocktail Table. Snug are the sort of people who may possibly have secret tattoos and would certainly have cocktails. No mere coffee table this! Made from sustainably grown mahogany. I wish the arms also went up the side of the table but now I’m being picky. Sorry.
Tables are so often all about the top and the legs are almost an embarrassment, hidden away, rarely a feature. Maze Dinning Table makes a feature of the legs and the glass top makes sure you appreciate them. Made from black rattan, copper wire and , of course, glass. 26.5 X 29″ Inspired by scaffolding.
We thought those legs deserved a close up. And how often do you say that about a table?
And finally the Bambooty, which is, apparently, a reference to a modern American anatomical term. When we saw it at ICFF it featured a sign saying ‘please sit’. So I did. The poles that form the seats are on springs and gently give way under you. The sensation is strangely pleasurable in ways we are far to reserved to elaborate on. It is made out of sustainable mahogany, inlaid with baby bamboo, finished with red lacquer and the pillars are also bamboo. It’s wonderfully playful and it sums up all that is good about Snug furniture. As you can tell, we’re fans.