bernabeifreeman + Tait Terrace colletion
Terrace is a collection designed for leading outdoor furniture company Tait including tables, planters and homewares.
Images by Haydn Cattach.
Our interview with Tait below;
A meeting of metal and minds, we recently caught up with Sydney designers and Tait collaborators bernabeifreeman. The Terrace collection, created for Tait by Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman, is not only one of our most-recent collaborations but also embodies our life-long passion for beautiful metalwork and Australian-designed outdoor furniture. Incorporating a selection of planters, tables and trays, including the Terrace Plant Stand, Terrace Table, Geo Trays and Terrace Tray, Terrace carries the hallmarks of their signature approach to patterning and perforation.
In our meeting, we took the time to ask them about their practice and the inspiration behind Terrace. We especially wanted to know the inspiration behind their entrancing pattern-making which feels mysteriously close to home. Here’s what they had to say…
“With Terrace we tried to capture the beauty of the afternoon veranda. We referenced old wicker, woven chairs, and forms of cane ‘plantation’ outdoor furniture. We also referenced the chequered tablecloths in the perforated grid trays,” say Rina and Kelly.
Through their patterning, bernabeifreeman capture both the memory and emotion of domestic textures and decorative surfaces. “And we use modern manufacturing methods and digitilisation to further this language and make it accessible,” they say.
“Our patterns start with words, images and emotions, we then start sketching and [digital] drawing. There are literally hundreds of iterations of the idea, until we feel it has met the ‘feeling’ we are after.
“Because of our long experience with sheet metal manufacturing, when we design and develop our patterns we are highly aware of their interpretation into metal, and how this will be achieved on the factory floor. So spacing and hole shapes, edging, and folding requirements are really designed into the patterns from their inception.
“We are still fascinated by the play between the hardness and masculinity of the material and manufacturing process, and the delicacy or femininity of the finished product.”
When it came to collaborating with Tait, there was plenty of common ground to be found between the two parties. “We work with the same materials, we share a similar aesthetic, we both respect and love each other’s design,” say Rina and Kelly.
“When we finally came together, it really was a dream project. Tait gave us heaps of freedom to explore different areas. As designers it really was one the most supportive collaborations, and we are extremely happy with the results.
“I think most importantly from a personal perspective – they are really nice people, so a pleasure to be around.”
Well thanks bernabeifreeman, the feeling is definitely mutual!