About Jess Sorel
Jess Sorel’s creative work demonstrates his passion for questioning the status quo. Formerly the design director at Metro Furniture/Coalesse, Jess established sorelstudio in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide product design, creative direction and design strategy services to its clientele. He thoroughly enjoys working with his clients to help achieve their creative and strategic objectives. Sorel’s thoughtful approach is evident in the success of his many projects and product designs. Driven by an intense curiosity about the context in which objects are made and used, Sorel’s primary focus is on understanding and interpreting the world around him, with an eye on the evolution of culture and technology and their impact on the way we live, work and play. Jess Sorel holds numerous design and utility patents and his work has been featured in Abitare, Azure, Blueprint, Contract, Domus, Dwell, Fast Company, I.D. Magazine, Interior Design and Metropolis.
The STRATA Beam bench marries Meldstone™ technology and wood in a stylish variation on the concrete and wood classic. Cast concrete anchoring elements are bridged by wood seat slats to form an uninterrupted span. End pieces are subtly faceted, providing a pleasing play between light and shadow. The wood seat offers warmth and softness where the body interacts with the material. The three-seat bench is offered with and without back. Optional arms are available on both versions. STRATA Beam is solidly grounded while retaining a lightness of scale appropriate for use in multiple applications. A natural compliment to the original STRATA bench, it is designed for use with STRATA tables to create comfortable outdoor settings with a decided design edge.