– We’ve expanded our exclusive United Strangers range – and we couldn’t wait to share –
Once our buyers clapped eyes on the latest modern vintage collection from our friends at United Strangers, well, we couldn’t resist. Their new season range of travel-inspired furniture and homewares includes luxe leather sofas, marble coffee and side tables, leather upholstered chests and dining chairs inspired by ancient architecture – so, time to share.
Crafted by an award-winning team of artisans and designers, the United Strangers ethos centres on creating original, sustainable furniture and homewares, all crafted with their distinctive materials in mind.
As you’d expect, the latest pieces showcase the brand’s hallmark vintage vibe and luxe, lived-in look, using materials which will only improve with age, such as brass, hand-finished leather, distressed metals and quality FSC-certified timbers.
The team behind the United Strangers’ brand is drawn from across the globe, from New Zealand to France, Canada to Korea, China to Mexico, combining backgrounds and skills to devise a unified product range and a brand where everyone is welcome to collaborate, from designers and artists to marketers and manufacturers.
Leading the team is Logan Komorowski, a New Zealand native and design fan who began crafting recycled furniture at the age of 16. Environmentally-minded from a tender age, Logan’s passion was to bring together a sustainable vision with an appreciation for unusual design.
After honing his expertise with local architects and designers in both London and LA, Logan established United Strangers in 2009 with a look that’s inspired by iconic old New York neighbourhoods and Logan’s personal fondness for the nostalgia and enduring good looks of eras past – and the challenge of re-creating those products in a fresh way to appeal to a contemporary audience.
“For us, the materials of each piece of furniture are its DNA, they inspire its design and tell its story. As a result, we’ve established our own metal foundry, so we can create fresh finishes, such as flared copper, gunmetal and kingpin brass, which are processed in a six-stage hand-finishing process to build a sense of depth. Similarly, our leather is imported from South America and processed in our own leather finishing plant, enabling us to release distinctive leathers for each collection,” explained Logan.
Key pieces from Matt Blatt’s exclusive United Strangers’ collection, available in-store and online now, include:
UNITED STRANGERS UNCOMMON CLASSICS ARMCHAIR
Materials are king in this distinctive look which is all about cool contrasts, inspired by Logan’s adventures in a traditional American diner. Featuring a luxe, padded, aniline leather seat, reminiscent of the diner’s padded benches, floating brass metal arms which remind him of the diner’s retro door handles, and bold upholstery – we’re loving the new season’s shade of gorgeous green.
UNITED STRANGERS MANHATTAN 3-SEATER SOFA
The ultimate in urban sophistication, Manhattan is sleek, supple and low-slung, with deep seats, distressed black metal X-frame legs and premium South American leather upholstery. Bound to become an icon in an instant, it even feels as good as it looks.
UNITED STRANGERS IN THE FLESH SIDE TABLE 4
Laser cut from a single FSC-certified New Zealand pine log, In The Flesh’s multi-circular design shows off the timber’s natural features, while its size makes it the perfect pairing for any luxe leather sofa or armchair. The ultimate combination of organic materials and the latest CNC manufacturing techniques, stand it alone or pair with other pieces from the In the Flesh range.
UNITED STRANGERS SLAB SOFA
Luxe, low and featuring striped stitch detailing and 100 Alaskan leather panels, Slab is the ideal solution for snuggling and snoozing, thanks to its removable headrest – which lets it double as a swish single bed for last-minute sleepovers.
UNITED STRANGERS DADDY O SQUARE COFFEE TABLE
An unexpected combo of authentic Italian locust grey marble with a distressed black metal base and bold brass-plated feet make Daddy O the lord of the living room – also available in a longer, rectangular shape.
UNITED STRANGERS NORDIC OCCASIONAL CHAIR
Reflecting the clean lines and simple living of those stylish Scandi folks, Nordic has been crafted from an original blend of solid FSC-certified American ash timber and a gorgeous green woven tanned vegetable seat. Combining the finest artisan craftsmanship with the latest radius cutting technology, it’s the ultimate statement chair.
UNITED STRANGERS PILOT LOUNGE CHAIR
With its striking solid metal frame, stainless steel detailing, textured fabric back rest and luxe leather seat, Pilot is inspired by the cool Californian interiors of the early 1970s, and boasts a low, laidback profile for a modern vintage take on the everyday easy chair.
UNITED STRANGERS OSLO CHEST OF DRAWERS
Mixing clean lines and functionality with divine detailing in a luxe combo of premium tan Sahara leather, soft-closing German hardware, exterior 100% cotton fabric wrapping and bleached ash timber on the base and handles, Oslo is for those who are as serious about storage as they are about style. Also available in a coordinating bedside table.
UNITED STRANGERS EMPIRE OCCASIONAL CHAIR
Made for edgy entertaining from FSC-certified American ash timber, Empires features a slim, streamlined seat, chic curvy backrest and arms and a delicate, stepped cylindrical legs in a modern rendition of iconic pieces from Ming Dynasty architecture.
UNITED STRANGERS TAHI OCCASIONAL CHAIR & DINING CHAIR
Inspired by the overhanging joist structure and clever construction techniques of ancient Chinese Qing Dynasty architecture, the Tahi range has been crafted from smooth, solid ash timber with join and dowel detailing in lieu of traditional screws. A swish tan Sahara leather seat cushion completes the picture. Pair with the coordinating Tahi Coffee Table for a cohesive look.
LAGUNA DINING CHAIR
With its geometric-shaped legs, simple profile, chalk-finished FSC-certified ash timber construction and Osaka fabric cushion, Laguna’s distinctive design is inspired by sledding and offers a fresh take on simple Scandi style.