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.
STRATA benches have strong horizontal planes and large flat surfaces with an angularity that makes them come alive. The bench seat is thick at the center, progressively thinner as it expands toward the edges, and faceted where angles come together. The extension of the seating plane past the steel base at the ends makes the seat appear to float. Innovative right and left angled backless benches provide subtle corners, so people who are conversing can sit at angles to one another. Straight and angled benches play off each other. Benches can be placed end-to-end, or the end of one bench can be positioned against the back of another.