The CROP collection of outdoor chairs and stools is a response to the fast growth of outdoor dining and hospitality driven by social distancing needs in the midst of a pandemic.

Al Fresco Appetite

The chairs and stools are crafted from a steel rod frame with slim, robot-welded wires forming the seats and backrests. The expressive cushioned form of the seating areas mimics the pillowed shape of soft seating and visually softens these robust materials.

The collection takes its name from the enigmatic rolling fields of crops in the British countryside, which are represented in the flowing parallel wires. The durable materiality of the seating is weatherproof in all conditions, and can be integrated into a variety of hospitality, commercial and residential settings.

Our Role

LAYER identified an innovative robot-welded wire-frame manufacturing process, and developed a distinctive design language driven by the technique. To fully explore the potential of the process, LAYER went through many rounds of hand drawing, illustration and 3D modelling to create forms that are successful both in a 2D and 3D fashion.

“Our partnership with LAYER is about more than design – it’s a strategic collaboration that takes our projects to the next level with a holistic approach. The team truly cares about the work it creates.”

Matt Ousby - Head of Design, Allermuir

“LAYER worked closely with our engineers and manufacturers to establish feasibility within the production parameters and ensure the design and production processes were aligned throughout. LAYER truly cares about the work it creates – and that’s why it is a very different studio to most.”

Matt Ousby - Head of Design, Allermuir