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Mark Gabbertas
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The Metis seating programme uses a single, universal frame to carry different seat and back elements, making it a highly flexible solution for both interior and exterior use. The option of a wooden lamination, perforated steel, tubular steel or upholstery is applicable across all variations of frame: dining, occasional, and two heights of stool. All versions stack and the chairs can incorporate arms. This extent of versatility in a chair programme is rare. The LINE version of Metis uses a profiled tube in a simple, graphic way to provide excellent comfort even without a cushion.


Mark Gabbertas was born in Yorkshire in 1962 and came to the world of furniture design in a circuitous way having started his working life in advertising before changing career path to train as a cabinet maker. Apprenticed to Codrington Furniture and then with Stemmer and Sharp in the acclaimed Oblique Workshops in Hackney, it was Hackney he chose to found his own design/making studio in 1994. In 2001, he established the Gabbertas Studio in West London to focus on furniture design, before moving the main studio to the Oxfordshire countryside in 2016.

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