Fort Standard is a New York based contemporary design studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Their collaborative work is a manifestation of their shared vision and progressive design approach, which pairs timeless materials with modern process. Often using traditional methods of production in innovative ways, the designers have developed a unique form language rooted in simplicity and functionality. Their attention to detail, connections and materiality generate value through design in what Buntain and Collings describe as a “warm-contemporary” aesthetic.
Qualities of Material
Fort Standard’s new collection entitled “Qualities of Material” further explores the experimental dimension of the duo’s process by pushing natural materials beyond conventional limits and applications. The collection investigates the properties of wood, stone and leather by employing specific material characteristics to create structural designs in the context of furniture.
Having studied Industrial Design together at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Buntain and Collings became close friends when they were selected to study product design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany for a semester. Graduating in 2008, Buntain and Collings continued to hone their design and furniture making skills before founding Fort Standard in 2011.