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Quirky designs with dry humour, promoting eco-awareness, salvaging the quality and integrity of the past. Playing with the familiar and domestic. Employing skill and ingenuity.
Born from practical experimentation “Andrew Oliver’s “Drunken Table, Crooked Lamp are a smart combination of talent and humour” – (www.luxuryculture.com)
Bold sculptural one-off interior items exploring form and manipulating the structure of salvaged and second hand furniture.
My aim is to … read more
At Chipp Designs we make furniture, specialising in curving wood. Mark is the designer/maker and is a Buddhist from where he takes his inspiration, alongside from nature and sometimes from happy accident. He is enthusiastic and passionate, exceptionally creative and practical. We are both makers - primarily in wood, but also ceramic, stone and painting. Our business has come about as a natural progression of the people that we are and where we have come from - combining such diverse areas of study as 3d sculpting and geology!
UK furniture designer maker, Christian O’Reilly creates beautiful, elegant, contemporary furniture. Browse the gallery to see examples, from the award winning benches for the Graves Gallery in Sheffield to the recently commissioned Hepworth display cabinet. Based in Cornwall, our pieces are made using sustainably managed UK and European hardwood. Our work includes free standing pieces and whole room refits for clients throughout the UK and abroad. You can either buy one of our … read more
Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer who makes sculpture, objects, and furniture. His interest is in making well-crafted and carefully considered pieces which are designed to last.
Chris was born and brought up in Birmingham - in those days a hive of small industries known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ - and so inherited the Brummie attitude that it’s perfectly feasible to get a small workshop and make things by hand.
One-off commissions for individual pieces are … read more
Ciaran McKay, is a Medway based maker, who began making and selling work in 2011 after receiving a Princes Trust Start-up Grant. Since then he has exhibited at various UK handmade shows, including the British Craft Trade Fair 2012, and is now stocked by several Craft Outlets throughout the UK.
This product range is about making the most of the trees that have already been cut down and creating luxurious hand crafted items that are not only decorative, with their striking … read more
Trained on an HND Design course as a furniture designer/maker over 20 years ago, Nell Beale has been making bespoke freestanding and fitted furniture for many years.
In May 2012 she founded CoucouManou and launched her own collection of furniture and homewares. CoucouManou’s designs have received national & international press coverage and Beale has been tipped by The Guardian as a “hot new name” and picked by the Evening Standard as “Best in Show” at London Design … read more
Definitive furniture was established in 2005, following my degree in furniture design and three years working as a cabinet maker. Specialising in bespoke, quality, handmade furniture, over the last seven years I have earned a strong local reputation for original ideas which are expertly crafted, using techniques from hand cut dovetails to steambending, to answer the specific needs of the individual client.
I work with hand selected hardwoods to design unique pieces of strong, elegant furniture. Each piece is created to meet the demands of modern living whilst maintaining an eye for the traditional principles of construction and design.
I’m inspired by the beauty of trees and the wonderful material they provide, the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement and the simplicity and elegance of Art Deco. I believe we all have an instinctive and historic affinity with wood and … read more
Elizabeth is a painter, print-maker and sculptor. Widely travelled, Elizabeth’s work is influenced by themes of international culture and many vivid colours she encounters on location.
Having studied painting at the central school of art from 1960 – 1963, Elizabeth moved to Paris in 1979 to learn print-making at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts and at the Goetz and Hayter studios. She then setup as a Print-maker herself, exhibiting annually at the Salon D’Automne.
She recently completed a Diploma in Figurative Sculpture at the Heatherley School. Her Sculpture and Wood-Carving compliment the expressionism and abstraction of her painting.
In 2002, Hannah Lobley developed the award winning Paperwork; a unique recycling technique using unwanted paper layered back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods are then used to create interior objects and the surface patternation, when the objects are worked, echoes wood grain. Wood becomes paper becomes wood.
John Fishenden works exclusively in wood, choosing native hardwoods to make his domestic and commemorative wares.
Craftsmanship takes precedence over technology in his approach to making pieces. Included in this approach is a belief that nothing should be wasted, whether sawdust (which is composted) or off-cuts of wood, which fuel a wood-burning stove. John’s inspiration comes partly from his love of traditional slipware pottery, which used simple designs and often added messages or a design in trailed clay slip. He is also inspired to work with the grain and pattern of the timber he finds. He learnt the art of woodturning alongside artist and toymaker Robin Dale, when living in North Lancashire. John also worked as a sign-maker in his youth and consequently has a real eye for the use of lettering.
John now lives and works in rural Herefordshire, in the beautiful Golden Valley.
I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful, inspiring county of Cornwall.
I studied Illustration, specialising in Printmaking, at Cambridge School of Art - too many years ago!
After moving back to the South West, and becoming mum to two boys, I couldn’t restrain my creativity any longer and I began making cards from local driftwood. Since then, I’ve become more and more interested in creating beautiful pieces from stitch, driftwood and other found objects.
As you can see, I … read more
When asked at school which O levels I wanted to take top of my list was woodwork simply because I enjoyed it. An A level then a college diploma with City and Guilds from High Wycombe College ( now Bucks Uni.) followed. After 7 years the luxury of life as a student finished I however continued woodworking practicing and honing my skills. The desire to design and make my own furniture professionally never diminished and in May 2008 I took the plunge. I now spend my days in a … read more
At Metamorphosis we source items of beautiful, previously owned old furniture and bring them back to life. We rescue, restore or repair and then revitalise them. During the process, their personalities begin to shine through. They start to acquire names. We get a feel for their potential. Some of them like to keep their original purpose, and others like to try their hand at something else. All undergo some form of metamorphosis, and become beautiful, unique individuals. We also revamp other pre-owned things; sometimes these are restored to their former purpose, and sometimes they take on a new artistic twist.
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The unique quality of each piece of driftwood inspires my handmade designs. My aim is to create natural, individual art and design that evokes memories of the seashore. As well as the wood, I try to use as many recycled materials as possible, using wooden pegs and natural glue.