Forget neutral Scandinavian chic, design collective Andrew Martin have channelled Hansel and Gretel with their latest interiors collection. Featuring Liquorice Allsorts stools, Digestive, Kit-Kat and Dairy Milk-inspired tables and giant Jelly Baby sculptures, it’s a range for those with a sweet tooth. Just don’t blame us for the sugar cravings.
So the story goes that in 1899, Mr Thompson, a Bassett’s sales representative, was presenting to an important client when he dropped the tray of sample sweets. It was as he was scrambling to pick them up that the idea of pick ‘n’ mix allsorts was born.
In 2019, Andrew Martin have thrown colour and candy together again, reliving 70’s flares and childhood dreams with their sweet inspired stools and stylised velvet swivel chairs. Their Volcano Sectional Sofa invites you rebelliously to play with your food, with a choice of liquorice stripes in orange, pink, yellow, purple or white ready to mix or match.
All the tables in this collection are exclusive limited editions with an engraved bronze plaque, displaying their number out of 100 and the signatures of their designers, Martin Waller and Timothy Oulton. Moving with the trend of ‘design art’, these pieces are as much about their evocation of humour as ergonomic design.
So step into a world where jelly babies are giant Roly Poly statues, coated realistically to resemble their iconic sugary powder, or where Digestive biscuits hold up cups of tea rather than disappear unwillingly into their contents.
This is surrealism at its most fun. In fully functional furniture form.