King Living recently welcomed Italian designer Manolo Bossi onboard as a design consultant during 2022 to mentor the next generation of King designers and the innovations they’ll create. The result of collaboration with the Australian Furniture Association, the AFA was able to identify a suitable international design mentor for King and Manolo’s experience and knowledge was the perfect match.
With an in-house design team in Sydney, furniture-makers King have been manufacturing quality products in Australia and the wider region for decades. The brand’s design philosophy focuses on both experience from the past and adaptability for the future.
The principles of quality design inform every part of the process of making furniture at King. They are the core ideas that bring together past, present and future as well as people.
As a design-driven organisation, King have an established design team and design process to ensure that they’re able to embrace new technologies and processes.
Design consultant Manolo Bossi emphasised the artisanal heritage reaching back to Italy. This connection brings a knowledge of craftsmanship, creativity and ‘most of all a connection with the objects and the materials,’ says Bossi.
Having spent a number of recent years outside Italy and exploring the process of modern furniture making, Bossi brought a high level of experience to King in a unique role of design stewardship. His aim – to share knowledge and act as a mentor to the design team.
The knowledge acquired to design and make quality furniture takes time, in fact stretching back generations. Handing down this knowledge through the experience of designers such as Bossi ensures that the next generation at King are inspired to carry on the same work.
This work, however, does not remain frozen in time and it is the very link to past knowledge that allows for future change. In a field where technological change is always taking place, King is well aware of, and takes pride in, the need to be adaptable.
An institution such as King becomes the meeting point for past and future, a place where knowledge passed down through generations meets the rapid technological changes of today. Innovation comes with a solid bedrock of artisanal knowledge to ensure continued quality.
The design team drives innovation by engaging with different materials and technologies. This includes working with new suppliers or embracing a material that they haven’t designed with previously. ‘Pushing the boundary of what a customer expects and presenting them with something they’ve never seen before’.
In order to produce such innovation, the design process loops back around to the knowledge base brought by an experienced designer such as Bossi. He emphasises the problem-solving required at the core of the creative process and hopes to inspire new designers at King to meet the future of furniture making with this in place.
Design is an all-encompassing process and philosophy of practice. It informs the team at King from a foundation of knowledge and skills, to the drive for innovation. Tying it all together, of course, is an emphasis on quality.
The team at King are working with a proven formula. It is the creation of quality products by virtue of innovation and the embrace of new technologies, all informed by a strong foundation of craftsmanship and the knowledge of the artisan.
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