Arik Ben Simhon is an Israeli designer whose latest furniture collection was inspired by sports equipment and elements found in the gym. We’re not talking barbell lamps, beanbag chairs covered in sports jerseys or a coffee table made of skate decks. These are modern, high quality, sophisticated leather and upholstered pieces that take their design cues from the protective pads worn in sports like hockey and skateboarding and the metal tubular elements of work-out machinery.
Materials include full-grain fashion-quality leather in monochrome and metallic hues with flashes of color introduced thorough ultra-bright occasional seats and bright velvet chairs. With a wink to chesterfield upholstery techniques many of the pieces are stitched and padded by hand, imparting a sense of humour often found behind these designs.