South London-based husband-and-wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon launched Pinch in 2004, and have since made a name for themselves carefully crafting furniture that successfully straddles the gap between classic and contemporary style. At their Salone del Mobile space, at Via San Gregorio 40, they’re launching a new version of their ‘Nim’ table (pictured above), made from cast Jesmonite impregnated with copper dust, which gives it a lovely dull sheen. The ‘Copper Nim’ comes in a limited edition of 50, each priced at £7,750. Also new is the ‘Euler’ coffee table, which Pinch describes as ‘an experiment in managing the natural waywardness of timber’. Based on a grid, it pairs English oak with a resin infill. ‘It might look simple and almost mathematical,’ says Pinch, ‘but it has involved a lot of engineering and development to force the timber to go against its natural inclination to move and twist.’ At the more classic end of the Pinch spectrum is the walnut and leather ‘Menton’ desk. ‘We believe space is the biggest luxury,’ says Pinch, ‘so it’s not greedy about the space it inhabits, but it also has a lot of functionality built in – the cored-out leg houses a flex so there are no ugly wires hanging down, and there’s a hidden space for chargers and plugs.’ No need to be pinched for space, then.
As originally featured in the May 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*206)