What happens when two Argentinians and two Australians cross paths in New York? While this question could easily be the beginning of a riddle that’s rattled-off time and time again, the ‘punchline’ to this tale falls far from flat. The serendipitous meeting of the founders from Buenos Aires-based furniture designers RIES and their unofficial counterparts at Dowel Jones from Melbourne has resulted in widespread ovation for each brand.
Marcos Altgelt and Tasio Picollo from RIES and Dowel Jones’ Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch were in New York for the city’s 2018 Design Week. The four kept in touch afterwards – as is often promised when new acquaintances are made abroad. But following some steady to-and-fro, the group decided it would be an interesting proposition to create a collection of furniture together. Especially since a passion for local production lies at the heart of each brand, and that both company’s are headquartered in the southern hemisphere.
Volta furniture collection by Dowel Jones and RIES
Fast forward three years and the ultimate union of the two design houses, titled Volta, has come to fruition. “The beginning point for the Volta collection came from a RIES project titled Diez Sillas (translating to Ten Chairs), whereby RIES designed and made ten chairs from waste materials in their workshop over two days,” explains the Dowel Jones team.
Using the ‘6th Chair’ from the Diez Sillas project as the beginning point of the collaboration, the two brands went on to co-create the Volta collection. They arrived at a range that revolves around a tubular frame – a hallmark of Dowel Jones – complemented by the detailing and form for which RIES is renowned; a “balanced representation of the two [brands],” they insist, achieved over a period of 18 months.
While encore releases from the duo are already in the pipeline, the debut Volta range consists of a dining chair, bar chair, bar stool, low stool and coffee table. They’re available in black and brass frames with several timber-finish alternatives. The seating collection can be customised with hundreds of textile options, including Kvadrat’s Melange Nap, and, as always, Dowel Jones’ dazzling selection of colours.
While encore releases from the duo are already in the pipeline, the debut Volta range consists of a dining chair, bar chair, bar stool, low stool and coffee table.