Plank Collection: Behind The Design
Attached to the social and cultural value, Aurélien is by his design inviting to dialogue and interaction with the end user.
French designer Aurélien Barbry’s design philosophy is to move objects towards more simplicity and straightforwardness. In 2018, he designed the Plank Bench - a playful and simplistic bench that has become an important part of our outdoor collection. We met Aurélien in New York to learn more about his vision and ideas behind designing the Plank collection.
When Aurélien Barby was tasked with creating new designs to complement his popular Plank Bench, he imagined a collection of enduring outdoor furniture with function beyond its intended purpose. The result is a complete and characteristic Plank collection for relaxing and entertaining outdoors.
"I wanted to use a minimum of materials and create something airy, playful, modern and easy to build," comments Barbry.
The Plank Bench was first launched in 2018 and has since become an important part of Skagerak's outdoor furniture collection. "The Plank Bench is the result of an idea to challenge the function of the ubiquitous seating design, and an investigation into how I could design this piece of furniture differently. I wanted to use a minimum of materials and create something airy, playful, modern and easy to build", comments Barbry.
With playfulness and simplicity at heart, the Plank collection is characterized by its light appearance and neat, wooden slats. Crafted in solid FSC-certified teak with stainless steel fittings, the furniture weathers beautifully over time, requiring minimal maintenance and patinating to a silver-grey hue. The collection offers lasting design for a life lived outdoors, whether used together or alone.