Craig 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. Carved entirely from solid wood, their Mantis Chair (2008) is a study in contrasts – from the mixture of thick and thin to the combination of sharp and gently curved. Its dignified stance and commanding arms and back are evocative of the noble praying mantis, as is its ability to fit comfortably in both contemporary and traditional interiors much like camouflage. The Mantis Chair is used for residential and contract use worldwide, including Le Dauphin restaurant in Paris, whose interiors were designed by Rem Koolhaas and his associate Clement Blanchet. Made in U.S.A.
"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 >