Toby Winteringham’s working life is split between his urge to design and his desire to make, and his furniture is similarly divided between, on the one hand the crisp clean-lined aesthetic with little or no decoration, influenced by the Shaker style and minimalist sculpture, and on the other hand by his more decorative work inspired by Biedermeyer, where motifs and patterns are applied usually in the form of marquetry inlay to a plain surface. "A constant quest" is Toby’s description of his search for patterns with which to decorate his marquetry work. From an old hemp rope to a pebble lying in the sand, or a more unusual piece of chain, all of these items are photographed and decorate Toby’s office – waiting for the right piece of furniture.
Black burr walnut with sycamore... >
Bog oak and sycamore with leather seat.
Sycamore and redwood burr. This piece is a culmination of Rupert’s interest in designing chairs from classical formats with organic imagery. It has no flat planes or right angles and is made of laminated components bolted on to the seat. The chair has been the ideal object for him to use asymmetrical forms, and with a relaxed functional seating position it becomes a three dimensional sculptural expression. 880mm high / 35 in.
Rosewood and sycamore.
1400 x 800 x 400mm I 55 X 31.5 x 16 in. (Silver enamel inlays by Jane Short)
Macassar ebony inlaid with silver.
900 x 1800 x 400mm / 35 x 71 x 16 in.
Despite having a natural ability in the craft of furniture making, Rupert Williamson began his career using any other material except timber, rejecting wood because of its association with the brown colour of old furniture. Yet the inherent quality of wood to be manipulated appealed to him. Now he likes to use contrasting timbers such as maple and walnut which retain their colours and contrast strongly, emphasising form and structure. Spending less and less time at the bench, Rupert enjoys the challenge of designing furniture which reflects not only the client’s interest and the brief, but combines, in a more abstract form, the geometry of manmade objects with the organic asymmetry of nature.
Dining table and six chairs
Sycamore and walnut with a bronze structure.
Table: 1500mm diamete... >
Solid English oak and Australian walnut. 860 x 480 x 400mm / 34 x 19 x 16 in.
810×1 780 x 640mm / 32 x 70 x 25 in.
Pair of wine tables
Macassar ebony, with drawers in olivewood
690 x 330 x 250mm / 27 x 13 x 10 in
African and Macassar ebony. 840 x 910 x 330mm / 33 x 36 x 13 in
The piece has four drawers and is designed to display a single special item. English walnut.
1600 x 810 x 460rnm / 63 x 32 x 18 in
All well-run businesses grow, and Richard’s was no exception. He no longer spent time at the bench; all his days were taken up with design work, meeting clients and watching his three cabinet makers make his furniture, until the day he saw a piece of furniture taking shape that he itched to be making himself. It made him realise that he wanted to do some of the making, but without a determined effort on his part he would never work at the bench again. Happily he solved the dilemma and now divides his time successfully.
African and Macassar ebonies, with holly inlay and a silver crest. The piece has a lid that lifts to provide a vertical notice board and to reveal a leather writing surface for the visitors book... >
Justin Williams and Jane Cleal trained together at Buckinghamshire College and have worked in partnership since 1990. Their furniture, which is almost entirely for private clients, is designed by Jane and made by Justin. European and North American hardwoods are used with particular attention to sustainable resources.
English cherry with ripple sycamore door panels and walnut beading.
81 Ox 1700 x430mm 32 x 67 x 1 7 in.
English walnut, burr chestnut and ebony. 800 x 1850 x 710mnn 31,5 x 73 x 28 in.
‘We hove never tried to blow peop e’s socks off with the first look at something, if is much more persuasive than that. A lot of customers have said this to us, that although they liked the piece when we first delivered it they liked it even more a year later, and that is the best thing that they could have said – it is whot we are aiming for."
Barnaby Scott and Clive Brooks head up the Waywood team whose furniture is made from solid home-grown wood and hand finished with natural oils and waxes. They employ a gentle philosophy to their work and demonstrate their concern for the environment by frequently planting new trees in the local landscape.
Chest of drawers
Dutch elm with carved beech
910x 51 Ox 160mm / 36 x 20 x 63 in
Sideboard with raised panels
Wych e... >
Rod and Alison Wales had been designing and making individual pieces of furniture for private clients for e ght years when circumstances forced them to review all aspects of their business and redefine the focus of their interests. The resulting shift in direction towards corporate and architectural furniture has developed into a specialisation in atrium, museum and other public seating. They take particular satisfaction in the wider audience they are reaching and the effect on the public environment.
"There are issues to be addressed in designing and making furniture and we are doing our best to meet these demands. It makes for an interesting life’s work."
(Left] Cabinet with nine drawers Natural and fumed oak with painted and gilded details, First of the ‘Stripe’ series,
1680 ... >
To meet this gentleman away from his workshop would give you no indication of the imaginative nature of his mind, but meet him in his design studio with photographs of his work on the walls and you begin to understand that commissioning from Andrew Varah could be fun. Like the currency broker who asked for his dining room furniture to reflect his profession. The client was presented with the drawings for the ‘Card’ table and chairs, perfectly encapsulating the element of chance in his occupation. The fun does not stop there, all significant pieces of furniture have a secret compartment containing an item of jewellery. Clients are given a year to solve the mystery, otherwise, rumour has it, Mr. Vorah will reveal all and remove the prize.
Writing desk with infinity model housing stat...
"One does change the world – that is exactly what creative art is about – exactly why one is an artist – absolutely! absolutely!"
David Colwell is the designer at Trannon. It is his passionate belief that in an ideal world, wealth would be more equally distributed, resources would not be squandered and the environment would not be polluted. Well – managed forests would be planted and harvested to make fine furniture for ordinary people. To this end, Trannon makes batch production furniture from fast grown ash, making minimum impact on the environment and manufactured with a painstaking concern for pollution, energy conservation, fitness for purpose and retail price.
Recliner with footstool
Steam bent ash frame and rattan.
Stacking chair Steam bent ash.