Reminiscent of the 1970s – Alexander &CO.’s James Richardson Furniture Edit
Sydney, NSW Australia

Photography James Richardson Furniture
Words Madeleine Thomas

James Richardson Furniture’s aesthetic says utility with style. Selecting furniture from the James Richardson Furniture collection that is reminiscent of the 1970s yet with a contemporary relevance, Alexander &CO.’s edit highlights the importance of history and craftsmanship.

Established in 2013 by architect Jeremy Bull, interior design studio Alexander &CO. hinges off understanding the identity of a space and curating that space for those who use it. Alexander &CO’s edit of James Richardson Furniture’s (JRF) Miniforms and TON collections celebrates the timelessness of carefully crafted objects, easily adapted for the civic, residential, hospitality and retail spaces the studio works in.

Aptly characterising JRF’s Soda Side tables as a conversation starter, Alexander & Co. highlights how materials contribute to both the drama and comfort of a space.

Aptly characterising JRF’s Soda Side tables as a conversation starter, Alexander &CO. highlights how materials contribute to both the drama and comfort of a space. Curating and designing to embrace this, Alexander &CO. is clearly drawn to envisaging JRF’s pieces in the studio’s work, particularly in its latest project Alexander House.

Carefully considered to bring people together, a renovated terrace in Bondi Junction adjacent to founder Jeremy Bull’s family home now functions as a studio and office for the Alexander &CO. team. Fit with a kitchen, library, bathroom and upstairs retreat, the Alexander House features JRF’s Soda Side table.

The craftmanship of glass makers and that of the hand bent TON chair speaks to Alexander &CO.’s regard for history, artisans and creating spaces that have unique value for the individual.

Alexander &CO. also values the handmade, the nature of materials and the stories behind a product, evidenced by the choices in this edit. The craftmanship of glass makers and that of the hand bent TON chair speaks to Alexander &CO.’s regard for history, artisans and creating spaces that have unique value for the individual.

Demonstrating a clear synergy with the Miniforms collection, Alexander &CO. explores the heritage of JRF’s items in the carefully considered seams of the Furoshiki pouffe that references the Japanese art of layering fabric or the Murano glass of the Mastea Coffee Table.

As a potential divider in Alexander House, which aims to be adaptable to everything from children’s play to business meetings, the Miniforms Colony screen embraces the duality between object and space, where furniture can create or complement a room’s purpose.

Striking at a glance, James Richardson Furniture’s allure is all in the detail. Alexander &CO.’s edit makes clear that such finesse allows for easy integration into spaces that are developing a narrative. Given the history of the materials and the flexibility of JRF’s pieces, a timeless and personal relationship between object and space can manifest.

Published 15 May, 2021
Photography  James Richardson Furniture
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