Today’s Design Master Magnus Finlayson talks to us about his newest designs for Futon Company
Magnus Finlayson is a self-employed contemporary furniture designer and furniture makers who specialises in solid sustainable hardwoods.
Explain your approach to design
Good design is based on purpose and function. When a design solves a functional problem as simply and elegantly as possible, the resulting form will be fitting and enduring. My aim to design and produce innovative contemporary pieces which communicate comfort, durability and renewability underpinned by style and form.
What do you love about design and being a designer?
I relish all aspects of the design process from concept to making the finished product. I enjoy problem solving, interpreting ideas, working with and combining materials to deliver the best solutions for each brief.
Tell us about your product design for Futon Company
Futon Company have chosen three table designs to feature in Design Masters.
Estelle: console table
The inspiration behind this table was to give a sculptural edge to a functional design. The strong linear elements of the cantilever design are balanced by the fine curves. The elegant composition of the visual elements would enhance any setting. The table shown is made in solid oak with a Danish oil finish, but is available in cherry, ash or walnut.
Tia: occasional table
A pleasing occasional table that can be used throughout the home.
The playful form is constructed using circular shapes and the two stripes add detail, colour and asymmetry to the design. The materials are oak with either a purple heart, or maple striped detail and a Danish oil finish.
Ari: coffee table
Is designed to have convenient and useful storage within a stylish everyday coffee table.
This oak table combines simple elements to maximise storage in both the base and central support of the table. This takes the form of a slide through drawer in the base, and a concealed storage compartment accessible through the table top. The strong L shaped detail in walnut reinforces the linear outlines of the table. The design is finished in Danish oil.
How do you approach design for a small space?
Small space design comes with a number of challenges and therefore the design must be simple, well proportioned, incorporating fine detailing and a carefully considered palette of materials and colour. When designing furniture each piece should be versatile and must give the maximum return from the design. This can take the form of being multi-functional, or a room defining statement piece.
See Design Masters products in-store at Futon Company, Tottenham Court Road