S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

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.

S. F. Furniture

‘Meander’ An occasional table in laminated limed oak, patinated brass, maple and glass. 400 x 1500 x 560mm /16 x 59 x 22 in.

S. F. Furniture

Occasional table

Bubinga with pearwood panels. 500 x 900 x 900mm / 20 x 36 x 36 in.

S. F. Furniture

Collectors stereo cabinet

Ebony, burr vavona and satinwood.

1000 x 600 x 600mm / 39 x 24 x 24 in.

S. F. Furniture

Dining chair

Imbuia, wenge and kevasingo.

Circular dining table

Brown oak.

2000mm diameter / 79 in.

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

Double Bed

Quilted maple and bubinga.

‘Riverdance’

Foyer table in olivewood, recycled oak and glass.

600 x 2100 x 600mm / 24 x 84 x 20 in.

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Bedside cabinet

Ripple maple and kevasingo. 800 x 700 x 400mm / 32 x 28 x 16 in.

S. F. Furniture

Bedroom chest

English elm, burr elm panels and handles. 700 x 1000 x 460mm / 28 x 39 x 18 in.

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

Boardroom table

Cherry and burr madrona. 5000 x 3000mm /16ft x I Oft.

Reception desk and curved lighting pillars

American cherry and granite.

S. F. Furniture

Sectional boardroom table

To seat thirty-five. Ripple maple, burr oak and aluminium.

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‘Facet’

Public seating in polished and hand chiselled limestone and elm,

4000mm / 13ft 2 in.

‘Plateau’

Public seating in Kilkenny limestone and oak. 2000mm radius / 79 in.

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‘Zenith’

Bench in weathered oak. 1800mm / 71 in.

S. F. Furniture

‘Tangent’

Convex and concave public seating in oak and limestone.

2500mm / 98 in.

S. F. Furniture

Chapel furniture

S. F. Furniture

Prayer desk

Brown and burr oak.

900 x 560 x 400mm / 36 x 22 x 16 in.

Limed oak and stainless steel.

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

Altar furniture

Brown oak and white oak.

Bishop’s chair

Brown oak and burr oak.

Lectern

African wenge.

1270 x 480 x 430mm / 50 x 19 x 17 in.

S. F. Furniture

S. F. Furniture

Winning prizes for arts and crafts subjects at school encouraged Mark Boddington to take up a career in furniture making rather than following his father into the family business. Apart from a future in politics, one of Mark’s goals is to make limited edition furniture which will make his work available to a wider audience, as he acknowledges that fine design and craftsmanship can be very expensive. In the meantime, his enjoyment at securing a commission from a difficult client is surpassed only by the return of a client for more work, be it in twelve months or twelve years.

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