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 and shaded marquetry.
1600 x 800mm / 63 x 32 in.
‘Solid’ side table in ash
800 x 800 x 300mm / 32 x 32 x 12 in.
‘Perseus’ console table and mirror
English cherry with coloured and shaded marquetry and gilded cones. Mirror: 900mm diameter / 36 in. Table: 800 x 1200 x 500mm / 32 x 47 x 20 in.
Meeting table and chairs
Part of a complete office. Elm and burr elm.
Table: 2000mm diameter / 79 in
A small table top font
Elm with spun silver bowl.
300 x 270mm diameter /12×11 in.
Detail of bed headboard
Rosewood, burr elm and marquetry with ebonised and gilded details.