Tom Raffield Collection 2016
Tom Raffield Friday 21 Oct 2016
With an experimental workshop set among 6 acres of ancient woodland in Cornwall, England, Tom Raffield’s lighting and furniture designs are synonymous with nature; each product is hand-shaped using sustainable wood and created as sculptural pieces of art using a pioneering form of steam-bending. Coinciding with an outstanding and well-received appearance on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and retail exclusive collections for John Lewis and Heal’s, the launch of Tom Raffeild’s new collection of lighting and furniture in autumn 2016 marks an exciting new chapter for the brand.
Founded in 2008 with a desire to create designs inspired by Cornwall’s natural resources and beauty, the studio is stimulated by an inherent freedom to be adventurous with design. Tom has become known for the transformation of wood using his unique method of steam bending to create the studios trademark designs with a twist.
Their woodland workshop provides the backdrop for a team of skilled craftsman trained by Tom. Each piece created to order has been on an experimental journey - individual, organic and carefully considered. All wood is sustainably sourced - local wherever possible – with more than 80% coming from English woodlands. Coupled with the low energy steam bending process, Tom Raffield has a very ecological method of production producing little wastage.
The new collection of 25 designs continues these values, as well as sharing the believe that every piece of furniture and lighting must be built to last, beautiful in form and practical in function. Stand-outs include the Amble Hanging Seat, a graceful place to steal a moment’s quiet with the appearance of a perfect circle from the side. The Gwelson Screen reveals yet conceals glimpses of the other side of the room through a beautiful pattern of opposing steam bent twists. The Harlyn Mirror plays with the idea of using oak to mimic a twisted leather strap, while the Wheal range of lighting combines an industrial style with exposed brass fittings and filament bulbs with an elegant curve of oak. Other pieces such as the Arbor Arm Chair and Treave Dining Table have an aesthetic but functional form suitable for the home as much as commercial settings.
Interest in the bold and contemporary collection, much of which featured in the Grand Designs programme, has been extremely positive and it is imagined the pieces will come become harmonious in the spaces of their owners for years to come.