The Case Edit: Dining

By Nicky Rampley-Clarke

In our inspiring series, a team member at Case selects their favourite designs from our collection, from furniture to lighting. In this edit, Duncan Bull – Design Director – reveals his top picks for stylish dining this season.

675 Chair

“We developed the 675 Chair in collaboration with the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation as the first-ever authentic reissue of Robin Day’s original design. Its signature is an iconic curved back that’s crafted from walnut-veneered plywood, which was trail-blazing at the time of its original production in 1952, together with a visible fixing in the armrest to celebrate rather than conceal joints. To me, the cult chair is an elegant solution to a practical problem, something that Day prioritised above all else. I’ve invested in a set of them in striking black around my dining table as a bit of a conversation-starter when I’m entertaining friends.” 

Cross Extending Table

“Talking of dining tables, mine is the Cross Extending Table from Matthew Hilton, an award-winning example of the British designer’s minimal aesthetic. It comprises a solid-wood base with solid veneered top and features a distinctively-shaped ‘cross’ base that allows for ample leg room underneath. Better still, the surface of the table expands with a smooth and simple pull that reveals two additional leaves, accommodating up to 14 guests. There’s a clear lacquer that protects the table from spills and stains, too, meaning everyone can be invited without worrying too much! I’m not surprised it was winner of the ELLE Decoration Award for Best in Furniture in 2006, Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award in 2007 and Design Guild Mark in 2008.”

Dulwich Bar Table

“Also designed by Matthew Hilton, the Dulwich Bar Table complements the rest of the pieces in the namesake range with delicate proportions and a contemporary design. It’s perfect as a breakfast bar or pedestal table in the kitchen for casual bites and coffee on-the-go or as a spot for working from home with a laptop. Those short on space needn’t worry as its slim legs draw away from the corners to create space and comfortably seat a family of four. It’s made from solid wood with a veneered top in oak, black stain or walnut – and it’s top of my wish-list.”

Narin Chair

“A folding chair is elevated to a thing of strength, elegance and convenience in the Narin. It’s designed by David Irwin and doesn’t compromise on aesthetics or comfort for it to offer folding functionality. He was inspired by workshop environments, with their trestle tables and A-frames, and features a solid wood frame, layered birch seat and back with clear lacquer oak veneer, and stainless-steel fixings. These are hidden on the underside along the grooves within the back legs to create a graceful silhouette with clean flowing lines, so it looks as good in storage as it does when open and in use. But the best bit? It’s light, easy to fold and stackable if you’ve got a few of them. Which I certainly do!”

Tanso Rectangular Table

“I’m a huge fan of outdoor dining – what’s not to love about good friends gathered around delicious food? – and the Tanso Rectangular Table serves up everything I need in spades. It’s another of David Irwin’s designs and is inspired by the simplicity of Japanese furniture with an elegant and detailed aesthetic. Successfully bridging the gap between inside and out, it’s constructed from Grade A-teak and is built to withstand all weather conditions with its highly-robust surface, while the Armchair or Side Chair complements it perfectly. Now all you need to do is decide who to invite…”

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