I design and make contemporary furniture, and my work is always carried out with a consideration for environmental sustainability. As a result my products are simple, functional, unobtrusive, lightweight, durable, and mostly made from wood – which I see as useful CO2.
I have always had an interest in nature and conservation, and while studying at university I began to realise the wide role that design can play in shaping a more environmentally benign future. This quickly became embedded in my design ethos, and has shaped my work since.
I developed and pushed my ideas and understanding of sustainable design during a master’s degree in which I looked specifically at using an abundant yet rarely used material, coppiced hazel, to make contemporary furniture.
The collection I have developed is made from hazel that I harvest as part of an ancient woodland management process called coppicing. This way of harvesting timber uses the natural re-sprouting of the tree to provide an endless supply of wood, and if managed correctly is inexhaustible. Hazel is a wonderfully light and strong wood, and is ideal for small products such as those in my collection. The pieces are all efficiently hand-made and draw many of the woodland textures and traditional processes into a contemporary and elegant aesthetic.
I make these pieces in batches in my workshop in London, and continue to develop new products to add to this collection, maintaining the founding principles of sustainability and good design.
Past - Tent London 2010, 2011, 2012,
This year - Tent London 2013.
As a designer-maker I'm very open to commissions, please see the 'Bespoke' section of my website for examples of previous projects, or email me to discuss your bespoke commission.