To understand the unusual and make it inte harmony is what I would like to achieve. In this world there are not enough things which are unusual but harmonious."
Andrea Stemmer was trained at Dusseldorf in Germany and at Parnham College. Her partnership with Fiona Sharp ended when Fiona died in 1995. Her work, mainly in solid timber from sustainable sources, displays clean sharp lines and is strictly functional.
Maple. 1750mm diameter / 69 in.
Stemmer & Sharp 145
630 x 470 x 470mm / 25 x 18 x 18 in
Oak and stainless steel.
940 x 900 x 550mm / 37 x 36 x 22 in.
Round table (detail)
S. F. Furniture is a partnership of two well – matched makers. Ian Heseltine, the more serious of the two, and Declan O’Donoghue, the irrepressibly optimistic Irishman. They work successfully either together or alone as the mood takes them or as their clients demand. They come at design problems from opposite perspectives: Declan’s approach is more conceptual, starting with the form and impact of the finished piece, using more than one variety of timber, assuming always that the piece can be built. Ian’s approach is more technical beginning with the function of the piece, how it will work and the making process, introducing the aesthetics as the design progresses, rarely mixing woods. Thus, two disparate elements that combine to make a unified whole.
‘Meander’ An occasional table ... >
"The hands-on element is very important to us because it improves our understanding of the pieces of furniture we can actually design. If we step aside from that we will never see all of the problems."
Partners for twenty years, Rupert Senior and Charles Wheeler-Carmichael enjoy a challenge, They have always made the moving parts within their furniture, but for many years fostered an ambition to make a mechanically expanding table. One of their more adventurous clients threw down the gauntlet – "…if you can make it, I will buy it." All the work was done in their workshop and on completion this table was awarded a guild mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Expanding mechanical table
(Detail) The caps at the end of each of the bronze arms can be remo... >
Chaise longue (day bed)
1200x 1100 x2100mm/47x43x83 in.
Rosewood with ebony detail. Back detail shows vavona burr panels.
1300 x 700 x 600mm /51 x 28 x 24 in.
Writing table and chair
Indian rosewood detailed with vavona burr and ebony.
750 x 1600 x 700mm / 30 x 63 x 28 in.
Each chair has its own identity. The male chair, on the left, is stable, strong and dependable; the female of the pair is a free spirit, carefree and energetic. English elm and ash.
1700 x 2300 x 1000mm /67×91 x 39 in.
Swiss pear wood and Indian rosewood de ailed with rippled sycamore.
2000 x 900 x 600mm / 79 x 35 x 24 in.
English oak and English brown oak.
800 x 1000 x 600mm 31 x40x 24 in.
Nicholas Pryke comes from a background of structural engineering and architecture and this is strongly reflected in his work and his confident use of materials other than wood – stainless steel, glass, copper etc., and in the architectural roots of his designs. He spends the majority of his time at the drawing board, working closely with a network of top class craftsmen.
Vavona, etched glass and stainless steel. 950 x 500 x 500mm / 37.5 x 20 x 20 in
Oval drawer pedestal
Burr ash, anodised aluminium and lignum
vitae. 730 x 700 x 550mm / 29 x 27.5 x 21.5 in.
Compact disc racks
American cherty, hand etched glass, sandblasted slumped glass bowl and stainless steel.
1000 x 350mm diameter / 39 x 14 in.
Layers of hand etched... >
Alan Peters epitomises all that one expects of a craftsman; he is the revered elder statesman. Newly qualified designer – makers set out with the high ideal of possessing his quiet integrity. His clients will wait patiently until they head the top of his two-year waiting list. Throughout the fifty years that Alan has been involved in the industry his designs have moved confidently and inexorably towards the millennium. In 1990 he was awarded the OBE for his services to furniture design. Retirement, he tells me, is not part of his agenda and he is looking forward to producing his best work ever at a more leisurely pace.
Kelmscott Chaucer Cabinet
A tribute in solid Devon walnut to William Morris and exhibited at Morris’ centenary exhibition... >
Tony McMullen is one the last breed of makers who were apprenticed to the furniture trade, and trained in the art and craft of furniture making, He is steeped in the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement and true to that tradition, he passes on his knowledge to the next generation at the University of Central England for a few hours each week, spending the rest of his time in his workshop. Tony is now experimenting with designs and techniques that will enable him to make furniture from materials not usually associated with ‘fine’ furniture.
Home entertainment cabinet
The central doors of the low cabinet pivot and slide back into the carcass for video and speaker access. Beech with sandblasted glass panels.
1700 x 3000mm / 67 x 118 in.
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‘Zig Zag’ cabinet Sycamore with parquetry doors...
Lucinda takes a serious environmental interest in the source of her raw materials and to this end has devoted much of her time to travelling extensively to research methods of managing, harvesting and the replanting of forests. This has given her the confidence to use exotic timbers in her work, when she is able to verify the source, and a variety of lesser known timbers to choose from. A young family has slowed Lucinda down a little over the past couple of years, but she is using the time away from the computer and bench to take stock, look at where she is going and to proceed renewed with a fresh approach.
For First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oxford. English ash.
(Left) Conservatory table Tiger oak.
400 x 1000 x 500mm / 16 x 39 x 20 in.
"Since I hove been making furniture there has been a tremendous upsurge both in the number of good workshops ond in the number of people who are interested in commissioning work. I think this is going to continue, especially as mass-produced furniture offers less and less individuality. Even more nowadays, people are becoming increasingly receptive to good design and are genuinely interested in pushing things forward."
Hanging corner cupboard Made of solid wych elm with bandsawn veneers.
810 x 460mm / 32 x 18 in.
Chest of drawers Solid figured English walnut, maple, sweet chestnut and cedar of Lebanon.
1270 x 560 x 430mm / 50 x 22 x 1 7 in
Commissioned for the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts at the University of Leicester. American maple. >
Originally trained in the aircraft industry, Adrian Jones followed his heart when he sought a place at Parnham College to pursue his lifelong interest in working with wood.
7 think furniture ought to be about more than looks
– it should also be about feel and evocative aromas
– cedar and camphor wood, echoes of earlier times."
Adrian Jones 83
Prism low table
Macassar ebony, bird’s eye maple and boxwood inlay. 360 x 1000 x 1000mm 14 x 39 x 39 in.
"…for creating is an expression of the human spirit in action."
Philip Koomen established his workshop in 1975 and employs a team of five craftsmen, including an apprentice... >