Robert Barnby is a young British designer whose work combines chic simplicity, good functionality and a slightly retro, Scandanavian aesthetic.
Based in Herefordshire, he graduated from Nottingham Trent with a 1st Class Honours in Furniture and Product Design. His designs are intentionally subtle, but maintain a warmth and character lacking in much modern design.
The Frame Desk, pictured below, is versatile piece made out of either oak, or oak and sycamore, which has been sanded and oiled several times to give that smooth finish.
The Felt Stool makes the most of contrasting colours and textures and results in these charming, slightly retro pieces. They are made from locally sourced Ash, with the legs being carefully turned on a lathe to achieve the tapered effect.
The Bridge Hall Bench, inspired by 60s Scandanavian furniture, is a fun but practical alternative to traditional hall tables. The Cross Side Table and Cork Side Table are equally charming pieces with a style that will endure.
Robert’s work exemplifies the Visionnaire trend identified by Kronospan – simple, chic, but with a nod to retro ideals of contrast and fun – and a style that is both current and likely to endure.