"We started with a love for the land, the land as it was, for its beauty, for its wealth as a resource and for our own enjoyment and spiritual refreshment."
Be.Assembly is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and craft. Our research-based approach as a collective is to build and reconstruct ethically. Free from the ephemeral illusion of defying time our design practice becomes a quest for the essence. Be.Assembly is passionate in the harmony between history, ingenuity and timeless design. As a studio, we engage in both large scale and intimate projects - from hotels to living rooms - our practice is the same. Where the integrity of space and combined details merge defining our work as designers and innovators.
Our holistic and creative approach reflects an ability to merge architecture, interiors and nature to create a single entity, elevating every project to a vision of its own, a spatial installation that challenges common aesthetic standards by breaking up conventional design codes.
As a physical representation of our various backgrounds, we collectively design handcrafted furniture, self produce objects and ceramic work. Our approach to furniture design starts from intuitive aesthetic experience, and slowly finds its way to the destination of a distinctive visual style completely of its own. Without the constraints of orthodox thinking. For this reason we partnered exclusively with bespoke furniture manufacturers in Europe, that are available to produce at any scale and delivering worldwide.
Benjamin Patch, Director
Chiara Carrera, Architect
Chiara is an Italian architect based between Venice and Berlin. After a degree in architecture, she devoted herself to design and curatorial studies. In an ongoing quest between theory and practice, she spent the last couple of years between Brussels, Berlin and Venice, curating and assisting in exhibitions while practicing as an architect devoted to the exploration of domesticity. The interest for exhibition as a communication and cultural tool, along with the need to confront herself with curating and academic writing led her to begin a path as Ph.D. fellow. Her research aims to prove the contemporary relevance of the curatorial medium as an academic and didactic tool, applicable to the most diverse fields of knowledge.
In Chiara’s imagery theories and techniques often merge, as memories of the past and wishes for the future do. According to her personal way of being a designer, there is no possibile project without a theoretical investigation, as much as there is no need for projects that are not to be meaningful. She is deeply passionate about domestic environments and the way people interact with the spaces they lived. As a designer her wish is to contribute in shaping everyday life by using architecture both as functional and an emotional tool.
Jacq Wilkinson, Head of Projects
Jacq has a passion for storytelling and bringing imaginative and beautiful ideas to life. And so, for the last 15 years, she has traveled around the world producing films and award-winning projects for fine artists, directors, photographers, production, and technology companies. Her intensive logistical expertise on creative projects has led to accolades and screenings in prestigious forums like the Cannes International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, the American Academy of Music Recording Awards, the Academy of Television & Sciences and in historic European museums. Now, she brings this expertise into the design space to curate long lasting partnerships and create beautiful objects and spaces with be assembly.
Arne Soltau, Designer
Arne is a designer, farmer and conservationist.
His practice is determined by the connection between man and nature and the illusion of separation between them.
His focus centers around techniques, tools and their marks, material and time.
For him, the perfect object is a kitchen knife in use for 3 generations, a doorstep polished by the feet of unknown numbers of people, or a stone wall overgrown by the forest.
Furniture Design and Production