Happy Spring, I hope the winter blues are long gone.
The new year brought new experiences and most exciting by far was travelling to Rockport, Maine, USA to teach at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. I assisted the hugely talented Aled Lewis on the batch product module for 4 weeks and as a first teaching experience, really loved it. If anyone is ever considering treating themselves to a course, they also do great short courses in summer, which is the time to go. Not that frozen sea isn’t beautiful, but… It’s a beautiful part of the world and if you like lobster, sailing and last but not least woodwork, it’s the place to go.
Lobster traps stored during winter, Rockland, Maine, USA.
‘Pembroke’ Range awarded a Design Guild Mark.
The week just got off to a good start with news that the ‘Pembroke’ chair and loveseat have been awarded a Design Guild Mark from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Inspired by the Welsh tradition of ‘stick’ chairs, sometimes also known as Welsh Windsor chairs, I was struck by how characterful they are.
The proportions are typically of quite narrow seats in depth because of the size of the local oak trees and then strikingly wide from side to side. This resonated with me as I like a chair that allows you to change position.
I particularly liked the exaggerated splay of the legs, along with a reverse taper – done rustically this can look cartoonish and done well it can look elegant. So the aim was to harness all the things I love about the traditional Welsh stick chair but in a contemporary way using modern manufacturing techniques.
These are available to order directly through me, the Loveseat in elm and ash is £950 and the chair in elm and ash is £588. It can be made in other timbers, for further details please look at my shop or email me direct. Enquire.
A new collection.
‘Ariège’ is a collection of pieces designed in collaboration with Chris Eckersley. We met through the Bodging Milano project and soon realised that we share an enthusiasm for working with new people on new projects. The range came about from a discussion about trestles and portable furniture, from cabinets to desks.
The result is a range that revolves around a distinctive trestle which can come in a variety of sizes suitable for supporting everything from dining tables and side tables to cabinets designed for different functions. First to test the water was this sideboard in ripple sycamore and oak which went to Design Shanghai with Contemporary Applied Arts last month and is now on show at their London gallery.
‘Quick Step’ for SCP.
Meanwhile, I continue to design for SCP. The ‘Quick-Step’ stool was launched last autumn and is available online.
New designs are in the making for London Design Festival… that’ll be for another newsletter. Visit SCP on-line shop.
Finally in production and available directly from me at £108 + p&p. Enquire.
Made in oak, they come with a loose fitting peg for a perch which you can exchange for a twig of your own foraging.
‘Lily’ for Benchmark.
And for Benchmark. Here is ‘Lily’ a luxurious dressing table, shown in beautiful pearwood.
A new bespoke cabinet with an experimental detail – the tambour slats are painted on the sides – this is only revealed when the tambour moves around the corners. It’s made from fumed oak – a process which turns the oak a beautiful rich dark brown – and elm, with leather lined drawers and shelves.
This was shown recently at ‘Inspired’ – an exhibition at the Goldsmith”s Centre in Clerkenwell. It’s now available for viewing (… and buying) at Contemporary Applied Arts.