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Intermission Bench - Gold


NØDE design studio seeks to highlight the connections between the various components in its designs and between its different fabrication methods. Co-founders Charles Haupt and Gerrit Giebel share a background in industrial design and an appreciation for handcrafted manufacturing. The Intermission Bench is produced out of a single piece of 20 mm thick, airplane-grade aluminium plate. Due to the plate’s thickness, it was necessary to heat treat the aluminium to several hundred degrees Celsius, as well as use an 80 ton press in order to bend down the sides. Countless hours of hand carving ensued, with emphasis on the hollowing out of the seating area, as well as the final surface texture. With its anodised finish, the result is an object of simplistic, yet sculptural shape that is refined in its form.

Materials: Hand-carved anodised aluminium.



"NØDE is a design studio producing metal furniture and interior products in Cape Town. Headed by Charles Haupt and Gerrit Giebel, it is the result of Bronze Age Studio branching out into new design territory. NØDE combines industrial design and modern production, while retaining an element of signature surface detailing and finishing.
The studio’s approach emphasizes human interaction with materials and surfaces, as well as constant development into methods of hand cutting textures into metal. This has been refined to a point where NØDE is able to hand carve and therefore sculpt in metals like aluminium. One of its first products, the NØDE stool, was longlisted in the 2019 Dezeen Awards in the seating design category."

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    46.0 x 59.0 x 216.0 cm (18.1 x 23.2 x 85.0 in)

  • Heritage/

    South Africa

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