Category FURNITURE

Toby Winteringham

Toby Winteringham

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 Tob/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 Tob/s office – waiting for the right piece of furniture.

Toby Winteringham

Toby Winteringham

Toby Winteringham

‘Solid’ side table in...

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Rupert Williamson

Rupert Williamson

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 j* 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 man – made objects with the organic asymmetry of nature.

Rupert Williamson

Rupert Williamson

Rupert Williamson

Dining table and six chairs

Sycamore and walnut with a bronze...

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Richard Williams

Richard Williams

"I do not wont to get dragged away from the bench, I would miss it too much."

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

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.

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Campaign table

African and Macassar ebonies, with holly inlay and a silver crest...

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Williams & Cleal

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.

Williams & Cleal

Sideboard

English cherry with ripple sycamore door panels and walnut beading.

81 Ox 1700 x430mm 32 x 67 x 17 in.

Williams & Cleal

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Waywood

Waywood

"We have never tried to blow people’s socks off with the first look at something, it is much more persuasive than that. A lot of customers have said this to us, that although they liked the piece when we first deljyered it they liked it even more a year later, and that is the best thing that they could have said – it is what we are aiming for."

Barnaby Scott

Waywood

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.

Waywood

Chest of drawers

Dutch elm with carved beech drawer fronts.

910x510x160mm / 36 x 20 x 63 in.

Waywood

Sideboar...

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Wales & Wales

Rod and Alison Wales had been designing and making individual pieces of furniture for private clients for eight 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."

Rod Wales

Wales & Wales

(Left) Cabinet with nine drawers

Natural and funned oak with painted and gilded details. First of the ‘Stripe’ series.

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Andrew Varah

Andrew Varah

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. Varah will reveal all and remove the prize.

Writing desk with infinity model housing stati...

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Trannon

Trannon

"One does change the world – that is exactly what creative art is about – exactly why one is an artist – absolutely! absolutely!"

David Colwell

Trannon

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.

Trannon

Recliner with footstool

Steam bent ash frame and rattan.

Stacking chair

Steam bent ash.

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Stemmer & Sharp

Stemmer & Sharp

To understand the unusual and make it into harmony is what I would like to achieve. In this world there are not enough things which are unusual but harmonious."

Andrea Stemmer

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.

Stemmer & Sharp

Round table

Maple. 1750mm diameter / 69 in.

Stemmer & Sharp

Garden lounger

Oak and stainless steel. ‘Jekyll’ garden table and curved bench

940 x 900 x 550mm / 37 x 36 x 22 in. Oak. 800 x 740 x 1800mm / 32 x 31 x 71 in.

Stemmer & Sharp

Stemmer & Sharp

Round table (detail)

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Silver Lining

"It is the satisfaction ot knowing you have done a good job; the client feels it is value for money and that it is collectable."

Mark Boddington

Silver Lining

Music cabinet Burr and straight grained walnut.

790 x 1570 x500mm 31 x 62 x 20 in.

Silver Lining

‘Wishbone’

Low table in American walnut curl. 430 x 760 x 760mm / 1 7 x 30 x 30 in.

Silver Lining

Clock

Walnut and silver. 210 x 100 x 50mm 8 x 4 x 2 in.

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

‘Golden Sun’

Low table in amboyna with 9ct gold inlay.

610 x 61 Omm / 24 x 24 in.

Side table

Silver Lining

Burr elm.

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

760 x 710 x 450mm / 30 x 28 x 18 in.

Hall table

Ebonised mahogany.

720 x 1200mm diameter / 28 x 47 in.

Silver Lining

‘Lunar’ side table (and detail) Kingwood and sterling silver.

710 x 610 x 280mm / 28 x 24 x 11 in.

Silver Lining

Paris club chair

Amboyna with han...

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