Inspired by Nature - Designer Jamie McLellan and The Kakī Chair Collection
Having spent time in Milan, London and Hong Kong, Jamie McLellan now works out of a converted boatshed in Auckland, New Zealand. Taking his cues from nature and the engineering world, he designs a diverse range of products that are unpretentious, honest and border on sculptural. With an eye for detail and beauty of function, he prefers to use materials that store rather than produce carbon.
The objects Jamie has designed are wide ranging - from lighting to luxury water craft, olympic bicycles to beer taps, furniture to woolen footwear. Often celebrating the engineering within, these designs can all be described as minimal with a singular maximal twist, or in Jamie’s words “just the right amount of nothing”.
Jamie Mclellan introduced the Kakī Chair collection for FeelGood Designs in 2018. The collection consists of the dining chair, stools and lounge chair all made from rattan for indoor use or polyethylene weave for outdoor.
The Kakī collection borrows its name from New Zealand’s endangered native black stilt. Just like their feathered name sake, the Kakī chairs and stools are defined by their leggy silhouette. The collection is at the same time both familiar and refreshing. The rattan has a timeless warmth thanks to natural variance, whilst the cantilevered frames are striking and contemporary.
The Kakī collection is stackable and constructed from a powder coated frame with rattan woven shell (indoor use) or polyethylene woven shell (outdoor use)