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Pop-up at 67 York Street from 20-26 May

PAR-AVION CO. x DOVEDALE DESIGN STUDIO PRESENT:

Norfolk-based contemporary furniture brand par-avion co. are joining forces with Battersea-based luxury craft brand Dovedale Design Studio in the heart of London for one whole week of events, talks, demonstrations and a pop-up display at 67 York Street in Marylebone, London.

Be prepared for an exploration of materials, familiar and unfamiliar, through a specially curated selection of products demonstrating the utmost commitment to handcrafted quality. Both brands represent an ongoing dedication to preserving a sustainable design economy, while exhibiting stunning craftsmanship at the highest level.

par-avion co. is a furniture and lighting design partnership consisting of Simon and Monica Cass. Showcasing their original ‘pi stool’ alongside many new furniture and homewares launches, their work is evocative of a carefully crafted process that mixes traditional craft and modern styling.

Dovedale Design Studio is a luxury product design partnership consisting of Oliver Tebbutt and Charl Heynike. Their limited edition runs of Damascus steel and bog oak chef’s knives and Spanish cedar-lined humidors will be on display alongside new pieces evocative of their contemporary yet traditionally crafted style.

For further queries please contact:

Monica Cass, Partner at par-avion co., +44(0)7584228798, pi@par-avion.co

Charl Heynike, Partner at Dovedale Design Studio, +44(0)7793822428, info@dovedaledesignstudio.com, www.dovedaledesignstudio.com

British Craft Pavilion at the London Design Fair from 21-24 September

We are excited to announce that we will be at the London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery next week, exhibiting as part of the British Craft Pavilion.  Stop by and see us from 21-24 September.  You can register for your pass here or contact us if you are press/trade for a complimentary pass.

We have two brand new launches being showcased this year: the pi-cubed bench, which is the third and largest size in our pi stool range (pictured above); and an oak slatted daybed featuring a delicately handwoven mat made from English rush harvested from Oulton Broad in Lowestoft.

Finally, we will be taking part in a panel discussion titled, “How We Make Things” on Sunday, 24 September at The Common Cafe situated in the British Craft Pavilion.  Along with Forest + Found, Stoff Studios and Julian Mayor we will be talking about where ideas come from, our conceptual approach and how we collaborate with others (and each other!).  The talk is free and open to the public. You can register for the talk here.

We look forward to seeing you all there.  If you make it down, be sure to say hello!

Simon & Monica

Summer Sale Continues at par-avion co.

We have had tremendous response to our Summer Sale and have decided to continue the savings all summer long. Through the end of August you can finally pick up an original or bog oak pi stool at special low prices on our webshop, but only while stocks last.*

We are also extending the discount code for our other items available online. Just enter ” pi-summer17 ” at checkout for 15% off off your entire order. This code may be applied to all orders worldwide – within the UK as well as orders shipping internationally.
Make the pleasures of summer even more memorable with an extra treat of a British-made piece from par-avion co.!

*Available only to customers in the UK and Europe. After stock runs out you can still order the pi stool in any wood, finish or seat, but the sale price will no longer apply. This promotion ends at midnight (GMT) on 31 August 2017.

par-avion co. SUMMER SALE

The summer is here and we have had a great 2017 so far!  The pi-squared stool was successfully launched at Clerkenwell Design Week in May and we have a pi-cubed and daybed already in the works for a debut launch at the London Design Festival in September.  With so many new products landing this year that can mean only one thing: STOCK CLEAR OUT!

For one week only you can finally pick up an original or bog oak pi stool at special low prices, but only while stocks last.*

We would also like to offer a discount code to all of our customers worldwide which will entitle you to 15% off at checkout.  As the pi stools are already discounted they are excluded from this promotion, but anything else is fair game!  

Just enter ” pi-summer17 ” at checkout and it will be automatically applied to your order.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, particularly if it involves treating yourself (or someone else) to something exquisite from par-avion co.!

*Available only to customers in the UK and Europe.  After stock runs out you can still order the pi stool in any wood, finish or seat, but the sale price will no longer apply.

Launched at Clerkenwell Design Week 2017: the pi squared stool

The pi-squared stool is the second major release from our pi stool range. Like the iconic pi stool, the pi-squared stool draws on the signature shape borrowed from the mathematical symbol, while stretching the proportions to create a more delicate curve and provide a more versatile product than the original design. And as with all of our designs, the pi-squared stool uses ethically-sourced and environmentally-friendly materials.

Texture and colour are key to the intriguing aesthetic. The contrast between the rigidity of the oak frame and the soft give of the woven paper cord seat create a perfect balance between structure and comfort. The colour of the oak has been fumed with ammonia to create a deep, dark brown, similar to the 5000 year-old sediment-rich bog oak that we use with our original pi stool. This darkness starkly contrasts the lightness of the natural coloured seat providing a clear distinction between the two elements.

While the design of the stool remains functionally and formally simple, the manufacturing process behind it is much more complex. With subtle-yet-specific angles of leg-splay in both directions, several of the joints are made up of compound angles, the execution of which is accomplished through a design process informed by computer aided design.

A series of laser cut jigs were created from these digital files, allowing us to shape the parts with machine and hand tools to fit together seamlessly, like a well-formed 3D puzzle. While our stool is ultimately bonded together with solvent-free wood glues, this design feature is heavily influenced by the traditional complex construction joinery that still holds together many of the centuries-old buildings of Japan.

To accommodate the woven seat, the frame has shallow notches designed in the top rails to take the depth of the 3.5mm Danish cord so that the weave sits at the same level as the frame when finished.

Every element of the Pi Stool points towards simplicity of form, excellence of craftsmanship and quality of materials. Our environmental commitment combined with a sensible artisan design aesthetic pleases both the conscience and the eyes.

Stay tuned for a video in the next few weeks showing the design process that goes into making a pi squared stool from start to finish.

Visit us at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Next week, from the 24-26 May 2016, we will be exhibiting our latest pi collection at Clerkenwell Design Week in London. If you’re in town, please stop by and say hello. We will be in the Platform venue at the House of Detention on Sans Walk, Stand P8a, from 10am-9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The 2016 pi collection features the original Danish Modern inspired pi and pi-squared stools made from European and bog oak, with traditional Danish cord or split cane woven seats.

par-avion co. is a furniture and lighting design partnership based in Norfolk, UK. Husband and wife team, Simon and Monica Cass, carefully curate a mix of modern styling with traditional crafts in the fields of furniture making, wood turning, basket making, seat weaving and pottery.

Supplementing the furniture is a range of homewares using local and natural materials. These pieces complement the pi stool range while using completely British-sourced materials such as bog oak, willow skein and clay.

“Our aim is to design and make good quality products at a reasonable price,” explains partner Simon Cass. “Our interests lie in design pieces that weave classic sensibilities with artisan techniques. We hope what we make is timeless and will be treasured for many years to come.”

New products to be launched at Norfolk-by-Design and Clerkenwell Design Week 2016




 

We are pleased to announce that we will be unveiling our full “pi collection” at Norfolk-by-Design and Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. The “pi collection” features the original Danish Modern inspired “pi stool” in both European and bog oak and the “pi2 stool” in reclaimed woods, all with traditional Danish cord or split cane woven seats.  

This product line is evocative of a carefully crafted process that mixes traditional craft and modern styling.  Utilising local craftsmen in the fields of carpentry, metalwork, basketmaking, seat weaving and pottery, the collection represents quality handmade pieces with a classic design style.

Supplementing these furniture designs is a range of homewares using local methods and natural materials.  These pieces mimic the “pi stool” range while using completely English-sourced materials; bog oak, willow skein and flint from Norfolk, as well as oak and clay from further across Britain.

Our aim is to design and make good quality products at a reasonable price.  Our interests lie in design pieces that weave classic sensibilities with artisan techniques.  We hope what we make is timeless and will be treasured for many years to come.

Back to the Bronze Age with par-avion co.

We are quite excited that our bog oak pi stools have finally started production. Bog oak is a very interesting timber and is actually oak trees that died and fell into peat bogs (marsh)around  5000 years ago. The peaty water and lack of oxygen preserves the timber and turns it a wonderful dark brown to black colour. It is also very hard and heavy.

The bog oak we use is extracted from fenland not far from here and is usually pulled out of the ground by farmers, frequently when they hit the hidden trees when ploughing. In years past it was generally burned but now there is a demand for this wonderful resource and the timberyard we work with is able to source some really good quality logs.

These trees were alive around the start of the bronze age when many people here in Britain were probably still using stone tools. We get a direct link back to these ancient times when we handle and work with the bog oak, a real sense of who we are and where we came from.

What’s in a name: par-avion co.

par-avion co. is not a retro company but the name does refer to a time when the luxuries we have were appreciated for what they still are. We do our best to reduce our carbon footprint by manufacturing and shipping locally where we can. We try to use renewable materials in a sustainable fashion. Our aim is to provide well designed, good quality items that are intended to last and transcend fashion trends.

Our lives in the developed countries are filled with luxuries, many of which we take for granted or even deride. Not so long ago air travel was seen as the miraculous luxury that it actually still is. A great many people take this so much for granted that air travel is now seen as something to be endured rather than marvelled at.

Tuna fish was once a delicacy, now it has become a default cheap protein source, with disastrous results for the tuna and many other marine creatures due to commercial over fishing.

Our lifestyle in the developed countries is a direct result of our education systems. Education is a legal obligation for parents and our governments alike.  For many people in developing countries education is a luxury not a right, especially for girls. We support the charity Room to Read in their efforts to redress this by donating a percentage of our profits.