Tomás Alonso at the V&A

V&A tables and chairs

Tomás Alonso is a craft designer and co founder of OKAY Studio. Originally from Spain, he settled in London after completing his Master’s at the Royal College of Art. His work comprises furniture, lighting, product and exhibition design.

His range of chairs and tables for the V&A were designed as unique pieces for the event ‘One Part Chef Four Parts Design’.

The V&A table and chairs are made out of a single powder coated metal frame and reclaimed wooden boards.

The pieces share a slightly unbalanced appearance which comes from the combination of materials and can be attributed to the asymmetry and the way they are connected.

The sustainable theme as well as the colours and contrast of materials allows the reclaimed wood to be incorporated into the simple functional design.

The range of furniture has a subtle playful feel while still retaining an elegant structure.

Alonso’s furniture is also included in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in London.


2 thoughts on “Tomás Alonso at the V&A

    • They are small and have that ‘ I just need to sit for a while’ comfort. Almost squatting, which is comfortable. They are great as a spare chair, public seating or the garden. I wouldn’t write a novel or spend a evening at a dinner party sitting on them. The wood is smooth enough for a bare bum but with prolonged seating you’ll get lines making it look like you just sat on a grill. Different chairs for different likes and usage. These days we often don’t think about comfort so good you asked that.

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