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 tables are six-sided elements, asymmetric in their geometry and open at the ends. Tables partner with STRATA benches to create site-specific configurations: singly in front of or adjacent to a bench, in linear arrangements of two or three between facing benches, or grouped in cell-like structures anywhere in the setting. In addition to their usual function as useful surfaces, they help define seating relationships, break up space, and can be used to create seating “islands.” The tables have a certain ambiguity about them. Their use is open to interpretation, as opposed to being absolutely proscriptive, encouraging experimentation by designers and planners.