Source Local: Highlights from British Furniture Designers
The British furniture design industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, so as a replacement to our usual materials, fixtures and fittings page, we present the work of niche British furniture designers that you should consider specifying in your next architecture or interior design project
A graduate of Goldsmiths University of London, Ciaran designs and produces solid wood furniture from his workshop in Pullens Yard in London’s Elephant and Castle. Offering custom furniture, bespoke carpentry and pre-made products for private and commercial clients, Allen has worked on projects for BT Sport, Hermes and Sophia Webster. Pictured is his Oak Coffee Table and Coat Rack, both of which are available to purchase from his online store.
A British designer and maker of contemporary furniture for commercial interiors, Roger Lewis was mentored by Terence Conran in the 1970s. Today his company provides both contract and bespoke contract furniture for offices, hotels and leisure spaces, with a strong focus on seating. Pictured is the Kyoto Privacy Sofa and Onyar Medium Sofa.
Henley and Kille
Henley and Kille is made up of Tom Henley and Sam Kille, who together design and produce bespoke furniture and joinery from their workshop in Rye. Drawing inspiration from Japanese design, Scandanavian minimalism and mid-century modern, the pair has experience producing doors, windows, and other custom joinery, as well as delicate yet elegantly utilitarian hardwood furniture. Pictured is the Tsuki Table, Camber at Half Tide bookshelf system and Thomas Chest of Drawers.
Run by Matthew and Celia Burt, Matthew Burt is a team of designers and markers based in Hindon, Wiltshire, offering “21st century English furniture”. Offering both pre-made and bespoke furniture from European hardwoods, the company has provided furniture for private clients, as well as museums, galleries, restaurants, churches, pubs and offices. Pictured is the company’s Anaconda Shelving (left) and Canti-Levered Desk.
Creating bespoke plywood furniture from their workshop in London’s Hackney, Lozi produces kitchens, wardrobes, bespoke storage solutions and freestanding furniture. Serving both private and commercial clients, Lozi produces solutions that it describes as “elegant and fun”, with details created using vacuum pressed curved plywood. It also has a range of pre-made furniture for sale, including desks, modular storage, seating and lighting. Pictured is its bespoke work for Hide, an East London housing development.