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05 Sep 2018

Discover the seating line inspired by the great outdoors

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Seating Special: Inspired by a team hiking trip to the Lake District, Deadgood’s Scafell Cave breakout seating proves considerably more comfortable

As we are all increasingly aware, the office is currently in the process of a major transformation. Enclosed cubicles and segregated departments are a thing of the past; instead, modular furniture pieces systematically arranged around idyllic breakout spaces are taking the reins. 

The Scafell Cave, launched at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week by Deadgood, is the British design company’s most recent offering to this workplace regeneration. Vicki Leach, Deadgood’s design director, explains how the piece is a response to the rising demand for flexibility in the workplace – breakout areas in particular. 

“Modular furniture offers an opportunity to be as flexible as the people using them,” she explains. “They create new types of zones to work, meet and relax – which in turn improves productivity. It allows for big groups of people to congregate together in a relaxed and more homely setting, putting the mind and body at ease.”

Constructed using both modern and traditional upholstery techniques, the Scafell Cave features CNC plywood components that are slotted together, with foam applied on top to add comfort. 

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Leach adds: “What’s nice about this sofa is that there are no PU-moulded foam components and the curvaceous lines are all achieved by the skill of the craftsmen.” This shapely framework is paired and colour-matched with leg options in bespoke RAL and a durable contract fabric, sourced from Febrik, Kvadrat or Bute. This means the sofa is customisable in terms of colour palettes, tones and components – an ideal solution to a company looking to signify its brand image. 

The inspiration for the Scafell Cave is unusual; after a trip to Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, on the Deadgood Day Out, the team were influenced by the “beauty like no other” of what they saw as the company’s spiritual home. “In order to get to the peak you had to pass through some pretty treacherous parts which included the likes of a boulder field. It was here where the inklings of an idea started to form,” says Leach. 

“By allowing the sofa to take its own form with high and low backs, and a boulder-like arm and base, we referenced the landscape undulated with large rocks jutting out at various angles and heights. We even incorporated a smile-like seam at the front to represent the pure elation that we had completed the journey (in a mere nine hours).”

“Because of the sofa’s customisable modules and generous sizing,” as Leach concludes, “it means that more of you can squeeze on for spontaneous meetings or for eating your lunch.” 

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