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Mark Gabbertas
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Characterised by the combination of a soft appearance and feel, with a precise and defined upholstery detail. Oran is a modular sofa system designed to work in both workplace and hospitality environments. The rounded and voluminous interior of the sofa is restrained by a defined seam, that leads the eye with ease around the sofa profile. Carried by a minimal powder coated aluminum frame and cast aluminum corner leg, the system allows the creation of an infinite number of configurations from a limited number of individual seat units.


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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