NYCxDesign: A New Furniture Brand Debuts Millennial-Focused Collection
Les Basic's line is designed to be multifunctional, easy to move and friendly to mobile devices
At the 2017 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, Australian design studio Derlot debuted a new millennial-focused brand, Les Basic. Its first collection includes a range of seating, storage and accessory products designed blend between work and home use.
Beyond the looks, the noteworthy part of this collection is the functionality considerations put into each piece’s design. Generally, all of the products are easy to move and can be configured to fit small spaces. Beyond that are clever individual use features.
What at first looks like a simple wooden cylinder is actually a magnetic support for a smartphone that becomes a bedside light when the phone’s flashlight is turned on. There’s also an angled version that transforms a phone into a tabletop clock.
The Volar stool tweaks a classic design to incorporate an under seat hook for a bag. The Homework modular sofa has a range of configuration options and the straight section comes with an integrated end table. Underneath the sofa are USB ports and a standard plug for powering mobile devices.
Seemingly an oddball of the collection is Wombat, a plush toy made from the leftover scraps of textiles used for the furniture upholstery. Les Basic designer Alexander Lotersztain thought of the idea as a way to reduce the amount of fabric thrown into the trash. A percentage from each Wombat sale is donated to the RSPCA, an animal rescue and shelter organization in Australia.