When Portland-based architect and maker Lauren Hackett set out to launch a solo design practice in 2016, creating a furniture collection was her white whale. Finally, after years of experimentation and trial-and-error, Hackett’s studio CAVU has released Lift-Off, a curated capsule collection consisting of a lounge chair and two occasional tables, each combining progressive manufacturing techniques with natural materials and soft forms.
Like the name CAVU, an aviation term meaning “ceiling and visibility unlimited,” the Lift-Off line similarly captures a sense of boundlessness. “The collection is a nod to aviation, an industry that inspires me with innovative, efficient designs,” Hackett explains. Bent and curved steel creates impossibly thin profiles that hold solid masses of wood and cushions, each piece in the collection capturing a feeling of taking flight.