In Collaboration – The Jasny Seating Range by Stephanie Jasny for NOMI
Stephanie considers her design approach as part of a dynamic cycle of design that encompasses the entire design industry – taking inspiration in what has come before and, in turn, providing an influence that will be felt in work by designers in the future. “Personally, I think each contribution a designer brings to a new object is inspired by the work done before by others and will hopefully influence following designs,” she says. Considered in this way, Stephanie explains, her work is a reflection of her current perspective that is therefore temporary and evolving.
For the Jasny range, Stephanie took inspiration from the key NOMI principle of agile design, which seeks to create considered, flexible furniture pieces that can be applied in a variety of settings. In a world of increasingly narrow specialisation, Stephanie rose to the challenge of creating a refined yet inclusive collection of furniture that emphasises universality. “The collection of chairs should be able to be integrated in multiple surroundings,” she reflects. “It should occupy different situations, from working environments to restaurants, but also the chairs could be comfortably found in residential homes.”
In order to create a collection with such a wide variety of applications, Stephanie chose to emphasise clean, confident lines and honesty to materials. Crafted from solid FSC-certified American oak, the Jasny chairs and stools focus on craftsmanship. “I wanted the design to feel unpretentious but with emphasis on the details and manufacturing,” she says. To complement this design intention, the pieces are deliberately pared-back, exemplifying a form-follows-function approach. “I wanted to create a solid chair which is more of a modest piece of furniture, but one which was inviting enough for people to stay, sit and feel comfortable for a while,” she explains.