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 diameter / 60 in.
Desk chair (left) Sycamore. 880mm high / 35 in.
Rosewood, inlaid with boxwood. 800 x 500 x 500mm 31 x20x 20 in.
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Side table Storm damaged Osage orange wood from Royal Botanical Gardens. 900 x 1800 x 400mm 35 x 71 x 16 in.
Dining table and ten chairs
Sycamore and walnut. 1200 x 1500mm / 87 x 59 In.
Laminated maple with stained legs piercing the top.
6000 x 1200mm /19 ft 8 in, x 4 ft.
Maple with stained brackets.
1200 x 1200mm / 47 x 47 in.
Room light and paper bin
Sycamore and rosewood. 2800mm tall /110 in.
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‘Rock’ chest with twelve drawers
Variety of ten woods. 900 x 1800 x 600mm 35 x 71 x 24 in.