Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thomas Mercer Partners with British Furniture Designer Jake Phipps to Create an Exclusive Table Chronometer

Thomas Mercer and British Furniture designer Jake Phipps will be collaborating on the creation of a new and exclusive table chronometer.

Founded in 1858 and with a longstanding tradition in manufacturing timekeepers for determining longitude - marine chronometers – the brand is ushering in a new dawn of excellence in the 21st century thanks to a fine range of contemporary models that perpetuates and reinforces its heritage of innovation, expertise and craftsmanship.

Jake Phipps, a studio established in London in 2005, in merely ten years has emerged to great acclaim as a world leading name in design, with a series of iconic creations that stand for a distinctive and emotional sophistication such as the Stellar Console and the Loveseat.
This exciting collaboration combines the style and elegance of a Jake Phipps design with the precision, flawless manufacturing and exclusivity of Thomas Mercer, in a contemporary celebration of the best of British tradition in their respective fields of furniture making and horology.     

This cutting edge timekeeper, which will be officially launched in September, will feature distinctive octagonal shapes running through the case, the base, and the dial, via an aperture of which the brand’s signature spring detent escapement is visible. Debuting for the occasion the completely new TM0802 Calibre, in a testament to its truly unique DNA, the table chronometer will bear a name that leaves no choice to the imagination: Brittanica.

Jake Phipps graduated from John Makepeace’s furniture design school, Parnham College, in 1999.  He began his career as a cabinetmaker, designing and making one-off pieces to commission. In 2005 he set up his own design studio in London and now deals with projects varying from one-off commissions, to limited editions and production pieces. His award-winning work is characterized by a narrative yet functional aesthetic. Full of character, and far from ordinary, there is a playful design elegance that aims to strike a strong emotional chord with the people that will use them. Clients include Casamania, Tommy Hilfiger, Philippe Starck, Google, Victoria’s Secret, Riva, Innermost, Poltrona Frau, Heal’s, and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

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