Designer – Studio Woodgate

Maker – Benchmark Furniture

Client – Royal Opera House as part of ‘Legacy’ for LDF 2019

Project facilitator – AHEC

Wood supplier – Morgan Timber

Species – American red oak

Duo is a pair of deceptively delicate sofas designed for Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Opera House. When first tasked with project, Woodgate started by observing the space at the Royal Opera House. He noticed that the existing sofas were the same height as the chairs in the room. A lower sofa would create a different dynamic to the room. Conscious not to make the sofas too comfortable, the approach was to create something more comfortable than a bench but not as soft as a sofa. The light rectangular arms have a curved chamfer detail with cleverly hidden metal rods to ensure the sofa is robust. A subtle 2 millimetre radius runs around the edge of the wood throughout the piece. The two end frames for the arms were made up from solid timber and shaped on a 5-axis CNC machine. The seat and back are made from a solid timber frame and sit on a nook cut into the end frames secured by a metal dowel. The seats are upholstered in tan leather.