This Daybed (2004) was designed “to be seen in the round,” says Craig Bassam, by
which he means that it can be seen and used from all sides. Such an approach isn’t
surprising from a design team living in a glass house where furniture is visible from every
angle, whether you’re standing inside or out. The house is the work of Philip Johnson,
the architect who designed the Glass House for his own private residence in
New Canaan, Connecticut. To see how seamlessly this Daybed (and all the furniture
BassamFellows has created) works in a space designed by the iconic Johnson, makes it
very clear that these are the next icons – destined to become highly collectible. Bassam
is an architect whose career started with Bruce Eeles, a disciple of Marcel Breuer. His
partner, Scott Fellows is a Harvard MBA who transformed the Swiss firm Bally. Together
they are BassamFellows, described as “the design world’s A-team” by The Times of
London. This fully handcrafted Daybed is made of solid American black walnut that is
sustainably and locally harvested. The leather cushions are hand stitched with inverted
seams; the backrest adjusts to three positions. Made in U.S.A.
Solid American black walnut; oxidized brass adjustable back support; dense foam corecushions with down topping; Elmo Elmotique aniline leather upholstery.
"Luxury has to be comfortable and has to be easy," says Scott Fellows, half of the superstar design team BassamFellows. Fellows, a Harvard MBA and creative director, is credited with the complete makeover of Swiss fashion house Bally. His business partner, Craig Bassam, is an architect and designer whose career started with Bruce Eeles, the Australian architect who worked with Marcel Breuer. From Eeles, Bassam learned to emphasize nature's relationship to design. Together Bassam and Fellows have created Craftsman Modern, a new design movement that focuses traditional modernist principles honest materials, solid construction, utility, beauty without elaboration alongside warmth and natural materials, believing that nature is a key part of luxury living. "My work," says Bassam, "is all about merging the rationality and clarity of modernism with the warmth and texture of nature." ... Read more >