An English designer based in Paris, Lee West has been designing objects, furniture and lighting for brands such as Ligne Roset, Staub and Hermès since 2000. He also founded his own company (leewestobjects. com) in 2014, which markets a collection of objects for the home made from brass (indoor watering can, candle holder, table lamp, jewellery box). The manufacturing side is entrusted to a workshop more than a century old, located in Austria. This collection beautifully reflects the philosophy of Lee West, which he summarises thus: “Good products are durable by their very nature. They age well, develop soul and gain in value over time.”
For the Stick Bench outdoor bench, Lee West hoped to evoke a timeless style of craftsmanship: the seat, made from half a tree trunk, the cylindrical legs and their rustic assembly reinforce the ‘raw, natural material’ look of the teak wood. Durable by its very nature, Stick Bench ages well, whether patinating or oxidizing over time depending on how and where it is used. Teak is an exceptional wood, refined and timeless. Used in emblematic locations such as the bridges of the very best ships or Asian temples, it offers excellent technical characteristics: stable, durable, silky to the touch, pleasantly fragrant. Indoors, it will acquire a unique patina over time, gradually taking on a golden brown hue; outdoors, it will oxidize, which has no effect on its properties but confers a characteristic silvery grey tone.