WM Series family shot – Y Bar Stool (left), Ampel Pendant, Wrap Stool.  The WM Series work cohesively as a collection through material selection and form.
Y Stools – The Y Stools are constructed from steel combined with American Ash wood turned legs, which slot neatly into the seat and steel pipe. It features a powder coated finish that is available in 6 different colours that can appeal to many different environments.
The Y Stools exhibit this wood-metal relationship, evident in the way the metal slides part-way down the leg, and where the tops of the legs come through and sit flush with the flat surface of the stool top. Y Stools break down into components for easy shipping.
Wrap Stools - The inspiration for the use of the laminated plywood seat and bent steel rod is that of the old ‘School Stools’, commonly used in science classrooms at secondary schools around New Zealand. Wrap Stools come in 3 different heights for various applications.
Wrap Stool detail – The Wrap Stools enforce the relationship between the materials through the way the bent steel rod and the plywood seat top ‘embrace’ each other around the edge of the seat top.
Sideboy Unit – This credenza unit features an 18mm Birch plywood carcass and powdercoated steel draw and cupboard fronts. The use of these materials segue between the WM Series and my Plywood Range I’ve also developed.
Fatboy (left) and Tallboy (right) – These units share the same materials and colour customizable draw fronts as the Sideboy unit.
Ampel Pendants - The slender, sleek, curved forms help to generate an unobtrusive, elegant pendant. The slim shape of the wood turned top flows smoothly into the fatter, straighter sided form of the hand spun aluminium pendant shade.
Tri-Ampel Pendants – Symmetry of wood turned top and the shade create a simple conical formed pendant.
Section Lamps – 6mm Steel rectangle section creates the out shell body of the table lamp, which houses the Rimu wooden lamp holder. These elements support the beautiful filament bulb which is controlled with a dimmer to create soft, warm lighting.

Short Description – The ‘WM Series’ containing furniture and lighting by 24 year old New Zealand designer Tim Webber explores the combination of wood and metal seamlessly in a single object.

The “WM series” (wood/metal) can be described as a clean, stripped back aesthetic, with the simplicity of the forms and mixture of materials creating bold, striking items. The works are an exploration of the relationship between some of the two most common materials used in furniture design – wood and metal. The idea was to see how they can contrast yet complement each other in a single piece of furniture or lighting.

Both materials hold quite different emotional responses that have been developed over time through people’s personal experiences with various objects. Wood typically holds a very warm, rich, natural feel, while steel is often described as cold, hard and unforgiving. However, when these two materials are mated together there seems be a harmony that forms in the juxtaposition of these two very different materials.

Metal components of the furniture and lighting have been finished in vibrant powdercoat colours, which I think enhances this contrast between the wood and metal, all while creating approachable objects that have the ability to inject striking colour and warmth into any environment.

The powdercoat finish is also a nice exploration aesthetically due to the almost plastic type look it gives the steel, which somewhat alters the metals’ characteristics. It’s not until the item is personally touched and held that it becomes clear the metal still holds its typical traits.

I’m also currently interested in talking with international distributors and stockist for the WM Series and other works.

All photography by: Simeon Patience – http://www.simeonpatience.co.nz/

For more info: www.timwebberdesign.com