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Mark Gabbertas
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Plum is a lounge chair collection by Gabbertas Studio for Allermuir with an exceptionally comfortable upright sit. This characterful collection is the result of an intensive design process and marks almost 25 years of partnerships between designer Mark Gabbertas and the furniture brand. Plum has a simple aesthetic that masks the complexity of engineering required to make it appear so. The lounge chair, with or without arms, uses a series of inviting pillow-like structures that allow the internal structure of the chair to be hidden. These contoured forms, defined by a pinched seam, meet and lightly kiss.


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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