FURNITURE

Truffula Tree stool

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I’ve always been a fan of transforming flat-pack furniture into something different as it’s being assembled and this stool is proof that an item doesn’t have to be old before it can become something a bit more exciting.

The fluffy seat was inspired by one of my favourite stories – The Lifted Lorax by Dr Seuss (do read it if you haven’t already. You might need tissues). And if you have read it, you’ll be pleased to know that no Truffula trees died in the making of this stool.

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Walnut occasional chair

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This chair was made using mostly mass-production machine methods with a small amount of hand carpentry where necessary. It’s a variation (not my changes) of a chair designed by one of the Wiener Werkstätte furniture makers in the early 1900’s.

The frame is made from solid walnut and the drop-in seat is upholstered with natural fibres.
It’s covered in Multispot Grey 100% wool from Moon.

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The fidget: the work chair that rocks

The fidget chair

The fidget was designed for my final Master’s degree project, investigating whether rocking could be incorporated into a new breed of comfortable office furniture.

Inspiration for the fidget came from watching a blind man rocking as he worked. It led me to wonder if we wouldn’t all rock when we sat if we weren’t able to see, or be influenced by, the behaviours of others – and indeed, if we would not be more comfortable if we did so.

The rockers on the fidget have straight ends which means that you can rock secure in the knowledge that you can’t go too far in either direction.

As you lean forward to use your keyboard the fidget goes with you, putting your back in a position where it will happily support itself. But chances are you will be too busy rocking to notice that.

The reasoning behind the very simple shape of the fidget is due to the chair’s ‘odd’ behaviour when it is sat upon. My research had shown that the majority of people don’t like chairs that are too different from what they’re used to, so I chose a classic chair shape familiar to us all from childhood in the hope that people would feel invited to sit on it.

The fidget is made from 100% natural materials sourced in the UK.

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Special thanks to Pete Hufton at LMU for help with production and to Matt Dwyer at Enkev for supplying the padding.

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Cube seating for Treasure at Somerset House

Cube seating

These cube seats were a commission, designed for the Treasure jewellery sale at Somerset House in London.

Metal leaf highlights the beauty of the wood texture. The leaf picks out the wood grain and catches any light source, reflecting it back into the room. The idea behind the design was to emphasise the light in the room in order to get maximum ‘twinkle’ from the jewellery on display.

After the show, the cubes went on display at the East London Design Store.

Cube seating on display at the East London Design Store
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Ash side table

Ash side table

The brief for this project was to design a small table to be made from a limited number and length of solid ash pieces, using mostly hand-held power tools.
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Origami

origami 3Origami combines a seat with a table and storage. It has hidden wheels so can be scooted around the home as needed.

It was designed many years ago when I lived in a small room in a shared house. The design came about because I had no room for anything, least of all furniture, so it had to be about as multi-functional as a piece of furniture could be.

Origami then spent the first few years of its life as a small model made from balsa wood as I had no room to make it. Now it’s finally made but still not finished. This prototype is made from oak veneer over an MDF base and is waiting to be upholstered and sealed.

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Rabbit House

An indoor burrow commissioned for Rufus and Minnie.

The idea was to make a dark, burrow-like place that the rabbits could feel safe in but that would also suit the home it lived in – and fit under the stairs.

The exterior is made from walnut-veneered MDF and engineered oak floorboards. The interior is edible (for rabbits).

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