Your first design for Artifort was launched in 2018. What made you collaborate with Artifort again?
Maaike: "When we work with a company or brand, we are motivated by three things: The story of the company, the quality of their products, and most importantly, the personal interactions with the people. In our first collaboration with Artifort on the Terp collection, we found great admiration for Artifort’s history and culture and the Design Direction led so positively by Khodi Feiz and reflected in every interaction. We were delighted by Artifort’s attention to detail in both design and quality of the products, the photography, materials, colors, and presentation at trade events. It was very clear that Artifort designers, engineers, and craftspeople were at the top of their craft and we continue to be delighted by the outcome. We feel fortunate to be able to collaborate again."
What was your toughest challenge when designing the Compass table?
"The biggest challenge was implementing the strength of the cantilever while maintaining visual lightness and simplicity. The Compass concept asks for a thin post positioned at the outer edges of the profile. Through many test models the team struck the right balance of structure and aesthetic elegance."
What is your designers’ favourite finish for Compass in terms of colouring?
Maaike: "The Compass side tables are available in Artifort’s beautiful solid oak finishes and we are very excited that they also come with the option of a Fenix laminate on top of the solid wood surfaces. We really like how this adds durability, a beautiful soft touch feel and a solid color. Mike prefers the design in Natural oiled solid oak and myself, I prefer the Natural oak in combination with one of the Fenix colours, like for instance the Fenix Bianco Kos or Grigio Efeso."