We sat down with Co-Founder, Sally Hotchin, to find out about a little bit more about the ideas and processes behind the Relentless Interiors brand.
Describe your creative process, what are the major steps?
More than anything, we want our furniture to be a pleasure to use, so we think long and hard about how people will interact with it; where each person will sit round a table and how it will integrate into its surroundings.
We spend a lot of time on the detail, both in design & production. We want our tables to feel strong, sturdy and to always be little bit unique.
Once we’ve designed a new table, we make one up and use it in our own house. This way we get to test it out (rigorously!) and get to see the natural reactions of visitors.
Tell us a bit about your background
Rich has been working with concrete and steel for years. Most recently, he was the production manager for a manufacturer of massive concrete blocks used in construction in Australia.
And I studied Product Design at University, so it made sense for us to have a go at making a few things together. It is brilliant to know that whatever I design, Rich can make it, and make it well.
What brands do you most admire and how do they influence your work?
We’re probably most inspired by architecture, maybe because that’s where you see people really stretching the boundaries with concrete.
Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower is intriguing. It’s totally brutalist, but it’s elegant too, and I like the idea that the design was influenced by the way people would interact with the space and with one another.
Trellick Tower, London
We were recently blown away by the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. Seeing the scale and the seemingly gravity-defying concrete structures made us realise what a truly amazing material we’re working with.
City of Arts & Science, Valencia
How do you get unstuck creatively?
We actually spend a lot more time on the day to day, running the business, and we’ve got a whole load of ideas on the back burner, so, as yet, we haven’t got to that stage with Relentless. But whenever things aren’t going right, we tend to take a night off, talk about something else, sleep on it, and 9 times out of 10, things work themselves out by the morning.
Tell us about a project which has been your greatest achievement.
We did a commission for a couple in Cheshire last summer, it was a huge, 3m long table and benches. The top alone weighed over half a tonne. We sourced some beautiful air-dried oak for the legs. It’s nice to know that it’s become part of their landscape since it’s been in their garden for over a year now.
Bespoke Concrete Outdoor Furniture, Cheshire
Sally Hotchin is an expert in concrete products and microcement. Sally works directly with customers, architects and designers to deliver amazing concrete solutions.