Finding Form Design
The Way It used to be made
Lightness and Durability
Finding Form Design is about the use of natural, living materials like wood and leather in the home, on the trail, and at the campsite. Each piece is made by hand with locally sourced wood in upstate New York. It is indoor and outdoor living at its finest.
The Campaign Chair
Also known as a Roorkee Chair or the 1898 Chair, this piece is part of the Campaign Furniture tradition, which embodies mobility, lightness, and durability. The design was a solution to the traditional furniture used in the field, held together by metal screws, glue, and heavy joinery. The Roorkee has none of these - the act of sitting in the chair reinforces its structure and tightens it together. The human body at rest is the final piece of this chair.
It functions as a sort of silent icon in the design world and the history of design. You can see it its echoes everywhere. Some of them, like Kaare Klint's "Safari Chair" are almost exact replicas; others, like the famous Wassily chair, enact the same principles in subtle curves of metal.
In the span of few minutes, you can break the Roorkee down into a pack just thirty inches long, eight inches wide and eight inches high. Whether you take it to the campsite regularly and keep it in your car overnight in deep winter or leave it assembled in your living room year-round, this chair will last for a generation and continue to perform.
The leather is premium English Bridle from one of America's oldest tanneries. It is hot-stuffed with tallow and waxes, making it durable and water-resistant.
Owing to the absence of fixed joinery, the chair is able to effortlessly adapt to uneven terrain - even the side of a hill.
Please inquire for custom combinations of leather color and wood species.
Also known as a campaign stool, Tijuana stool, or painter's stool, this folding stool is lightweight yet extremely durable, equally at home in a living room, around the campfire, during seated massage sessions, or in front of a painting.
Riveted with industrial-strength, corrosion resistant saddler's rivets, available in either brass or copper. The stool folds up, making it very easy to fit into a bag and transport. It is surprisingly light and has been described as "astonishingly comfortable".
The legs are turned from domestic hardwood - Walnut, Ash, Cherry, Oak, and spalted Maple - sourced from local arborists. Imported species like Teak are also available.
The finish is free from petroleum products, and all of the leather is premium vegetable-tanned only, from either Wickett & Craig or the renowned, Tuscany-based tannery Walpier Conciera.
The seat sits at 18" off the ground. The legs are 23" long. This height is comfortable for anyone and has been tested on children and adults alike at up to 325 pounds.
This stool is designed to last for a long time.
Belts, valet trays, and keychains made to order and available in the catalog. Leather can also be incorporated into things like drawer fronts or a work surface for a desk.
Cutting boards, shower mats, plant stands and more items for the home are available in the catalog or made to order.
the tokyo bench
In 1945, Charlotte Perriand left France
for Tokyo ahead of the invading German forces. It was perhaps there that she conceived of this seminal piece, the Tokyo Bench. Perriand was Le Corbusier’s right hand, his most important assistant, and she would go on to drastically shape the world of modern furniture design after him.
Her LC1 Sling Chair is a descendant of the Roorkee Chair, in fact - the fixed-joinery, aluminum version.
The Tokyo Bench is slung low to the ground, perfect for lounging and close conversation.