"My designs come about through experimentation; through getting a piece of cardboard or a piece of thin plywood, manipulating it into a form that I tike and developing that into a piece of furniture. My aim within that is to be original as far as I can be. as aware as I am of what has gone before. I aim not to repeat but to innovate ‘
Rachel Hutchinson 73
‘Zero X’ bathroom cabinet
Sycamore and gold leaf with convex mirror.
150 x 600mm diameter / 6 x 24 in ‘Corset’ pedestal
Ash and oak with plywood.
The upper corset hangs by an almost invisible nylon thread creating the impression of the sculpture suspended in mid-air.
900 x 420 x 420mm / 36 x 17 x 17 in
Of all the furniture designer-makers who have started and remained successfully in business o... >
Martin Grierson has strong traditional roots: having been good at both art and woodwork since the age of eight, he was encouraged to connbine both of these interests in a career. He attended the Centrai School of Arts and Crafts and spent five years in architectural offices before setting up his own design consultancy. His own workshops came later out of a desire to see his work better made.
7 think the future is very encouraging because the advantage of the designer – maker over manufacturing industry is that every job is different: you have a different person to design ton different building, different inter or design – whatever it is – and you can respond to each job. You can do this in a way that no manufacturer could ever do"
Boardroom table and chairs
Made for the...
‘We will design and make something for our clients which is more than they could have imagined before they came to the door."
Nicholas Dyson only occasionally works at the bench these days, preferring the rapid pace of designing for his busy workshop where his ideas can advance more quickly. It was several years ago that he made the deliberate decision to build up the corporate side of his business, targeting interior designers and architects who were able to draw on the greater resources of large organisations to furnish their boardrooms and offices. However, he still welcomes private clients and enjoys the particular satisfaction that comes with these commissions.
Walnut and maple.
‘Shrimp’ low tables Beech legs with coloured lacquer tops.
500mm ... >
Hall table and mirror Olive ash burr veneers with masur birch were used to create an ‘aged* effect for this piece. The details below show the use of dyed veneers for the marquetry ivy that grows across the table top and face of the frame.
Table: 860 x 910 x 410mm / 34 x 36 x 16 in. Mirror: 915×61 Omm / 36 x 24 in.
‘Constant attention to detail must be applied at every stage of the process, from the very first meeting with the client to the delivery of the piece. There is no opportunity for siockness at any stage."
Although trained as a furniture maker as well as a designer Gordon Russell now spend his time solely designing, drawing his inspiration, he tells me, from the sensuality of the female form... >
As a husband and wife team, John and Louise Cropper have been making furniture for many years, but operating mainly as makers for other designers. Their craftsmanship is of the highest standard and highly respected in the trade. However, although still keeping a low profile and seldom exhibiting, they are now beginning to make an impact as designer-makers in their own right.
‘Shapes’ cabinet in burr veneers Fourteen shaped units to store the usual requirements for the home office.
2030 x 1070 x 510mm / 80 x 42 x 20 in. ‘Jigsaw’ bookcase
A variety of interlocking pieces of wood. 1520 x 1000 x 350mm / 60 x 39 x 14 in.
"If you walk into a room thot has a beautiful piece of furniture – you could say the same of a stunning work of art, even a superb rug, anything – there is definitely something that emanates from that which contributes to the atmosphere in the home."
Seven years working in management for one of the early life-style retailers convinced Tony Portus that furniture couid be better designed and made than that being imported. Thus motivated, he went to Parnham College, later setting up his own workshop in the early eighties. He feels that furniture should be more than an object, it should be a presence in the room. His objective is to instil a sense of peace and calm, ‘Elevata’
Shelving in maple and cast aluminium... >
1 am endlessly delighted and increasingly fascinated by the joy of selling beautifully made and enduring pieces of furniture to individuals"
Matthew Burf s work is rooted in English country furniture, fertilised by the Shaker style and pruned by modernism. His overwhelming enthusiasm and pleasure in using wood appropriately, making fine furniture and creating beautiful objects that will become treasured family heirlooms, is only eclipsed by his determination to perform the daunting task of doing this for ordinary people at affordable prices.
Ripple sycamore and cedar with
burr elm details.
2110×1520 x 690mm / 83 x 60 x 27 in.
‘Before You Go’ hallway organiser
Mirror with key cabinet to its side... >