INFORMATION FROM THE RECENT HEAL'S PRESS RELEASE:
Sam Lloyd graduated from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Product & Furniture Design and a growing list of accolades – shortlisted for an award at New Designers 2013, featured as one of Icon Magazine’s “Graduates 2013” review and selected to exhibit in Part Two of New Designers 2014’s “One Year On”.
For Heal’s Discovers , Lloyd has created the Sand Cast Collection – a low stool and a bar stool named after the method used to craft their key components.
The collection started out as one of Lloyd’s university final major projects, where he was encouraged to break free from the studio environment and explore different manufacturing techniques. After experimenting, this design provided the best seat, both in terms of comfort and aesthetic appeal. Both stool designs can be easily assembled, with the trio of fumed oak and oak legs screwing effortlessly into the seat; these are then supported by an aluminium brace.
Sam Lloyd comments, “I wanted the design to remain as raw as possible, to display the honesty and natural finishes of the chosen materials.”
The texture of the sand cast aluminium is inconsistent, meaning that every single stool produced varies slightly, making each one unique. The flow marks left by the mould are bead-blasted, and the top and footrest is only lightly polished to ensure that the texture remains.
With Lloyd’s design, Heal’s continues its support of British design and manufacture with the stool being cast in Belvedere, South East London and the timber hand-turned in Whitstable.