12 May British Design and Craftsmanship
Lighting and Interiors is a keen promoter of British design and craftsmanship.
We wanted to showcase to you some of the very best British designers and craftsmen, and highlight some of their most beautiful products for you to fall in love with.
Steuart Padwick set up as a furniture designer and maker in 1980. He has worked as a buyer for The Conran Shop, designed for Benchmark Furniture, launched design directory Designbar.com and if all of this wasn’t enough he then set up the Steuart Padwick brand designing products here in Britain!
The Steuart Padwick brand produce and showcase great design, alongside their high quality craftsmanship and ethically sourced materials. What more can you really ask for?
Look at this positively gorgeous Horseshoe Chair! The striking shapes and angles, make it a strong favourite of ours here at Lighting and Interiors. It is both contemporary and stylish in its design, but also functional and practical – the low back of this chair allows it to slide right under most dining tables and desks.
This beautiful wooden seat can be finished for you in a selection of choices, and can also be placed with an upholstered seat if one is required.
One of the things we love about this product here at Lighting and Interiors, is the terracotta, clay tube base. Each feature an individual serial number fired onto them, which adds to their industrialised look.
Inspired by the stands for holding test tubes, this table lamp adds a cool edge to your desk like nothing else will.
With a choice of shades, each creating an evocative light, you really can’t lose with this product.
These are some of Lighting and Interiors top picks from the Steuart Padwick brand that are both designed and manufactured in Britain, but there are many more to feast your eyes on.
The company have been designing their own ranges which they sell directly, since the brand was launched at 100% Design in September 2009. However, they also design for a variety of other retailers such as; The Conran Shop, Heals and Made.com.
As well as this, the Steuart Padwick brand also carry out regular commissions and bespoke designs. Always open to a challenge, the company’s aim is to “…design products and furniture that can be used in our daily lives, where the pleasure is gained both from the appearance and use of the object.” If you fancy something special, unique and tailored to you, then here at Lighting and Interiors we highly recommend you contact Steuart Padwick for all your lovely design needs!
Steuart Padwick’s most recent project features his ‘Eye of the Storm’ table concept design, made from the ultra high performance concrete, Ductal®.
The piece will show how Ductal® is ideally suited to furniture design, allowing unusually thin sections, with an outstanding level of surface finish detail. It’s strength and durability is even greater than natural stone.
w. 180cm, d. 110, h. 73
Armourcoat hold the first sublicense to manufacture Ductal® precast elements in the UK, and the design will be making its debut at Clerkenwell Design Week this May – always on the lookout for something new, we’re super excited about it here at Lighting and Interiors!
Steuart Padwick will be exhibiting at the Design Factory at The Farmiloe Building during the week, so we suggest you make your way there to start shopping!
Our next look at great British design is the dead good, Deadgood!
Deadgood are an independent company which was first established in 2004 by design entrepreneurs, Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook. They design fresh, cutting edge pieces that find their ways into bars, restaurants, office developments, hotels, educational residences and private homes.
They initially started up north in their office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, but now also have a London studio too. In both, they develop modern British furniture and lighting – describing this as developing ‘Products with Personality’.
Here are some of our favourite pieces, but believe us when we say that this is only taster! To see all their other lovely Deadgood works, visit their website here www.deadgoodltd.co.uk
This gold lighting piece, designed by David Irwin in collaboration with Deadgood is nothing less than classically divine. Part of the EXTL collection, this multi-faceted pendant is made from extruded aluminium, finished with a matte anodised lustre and supplied with energy efficient LED fittings.
We love this Wide Pendant in Gold because it reminds us of a combination of art deco and industrial like style – it is decorative, but in a beautifully simplistic way. The highly engineered solution effectively demonstrates both the efficiency and the precision of this time honoured industrial process.
This piece has made it into our favourites by being so charming! The quality of the high back, upholstered lounge chair is great all on its own, with its deep wings for comfort and sturdy solid oak legs. However, Deadgood have then gone one step further to make it become the delightful LovedUp seat, using their trademark ‘Love Button’ detailing!
The product bears all the Deadgood classic features including an exceptional design style of the highest quality, alongside a slightly eccentric tongue in cheek twist, which is difficult not to smile at.
Our next firm favourite is the blue Hue Side Table that screams it’s perfect quirkiness with its vibrant colour on simple cut out shapes. The table is made with Formica® laminates and contrasting Birch plywood to create a lovely simple set of components that are easily connected together.
As well as being stylish and practical, this piece is also efficient in terms of its production and material wastage, making it even more difficult not to want!
The Deadgood Studio can also offer a complete design and manufacture service for one-off projects and commissions. Always eager to be working on new and exciting projects, the team at Deadgood can take a project from concept and development right through to prototyping and production. “Drawing on our skilled network of UK manufactures we have the ability to work with a variety of both traditional and innovative new materials and processes.”
So now we’ve shown a few of Deadgood’s amazing current works, we now move on to the super exciting launch of one of their new collections, Marionette which will be first showcasing itself at Clerkenwell Design Week at the Design Factory at The Farmiloe Building.
It is a simple pendant light fitting, incorporating laser cut and folded sheet metal alongside a selection of brightly coloured braided flex options.
The product draws inspiration from a rusty chandelier found in a junk shop in Islington. With the personality of an old puppet locked up and left to age, the redundant fitting has been re-imagined and re-purposed into a playful and practical new product.
Marionette can be specified as a single drop pendant or as a multiple of four and combines powder coated steel with colourful cable assemblies and energy efficient G9 bulbs.
It also just happens to be produced right next door to the largest handmade puppet maker in the UK 2014!
The third British design company who we really want to show you is James UK.
This award winning brand launched in 2006 and is headed by designer, James Harrison. They produce the most exquisite contemporary furniture that is truly British in every sense. By this we mean that all of their products are handmade in the UK, by expert manufacturers who use both traditional and modern technology when creating these gorgeous, unique, high end furniture and interior products. Not only do James UK have beautiful designs, but they stick to their British roots as well!
With a distinctive focus on quality hardwoods and upholstery, we wanted to show you a few of our front runners from James UK’s beautiful collections.
Firstly, the very dapper looking Lucan Armchair. The combination of clean, crisp lines alongside the low seat position works perfectly in making the piece have a smart, but still relaxed lounge chair look.
The chair comes in a variety of colours and finishes, but our personal favourite is the American Black Walnut frame together with the black leather upholstery – can you get anymore suave?
Let’s take some time to appreciate this fun, full of character Alwyn Two Seater Sofa! The acid yellow colour alone is enough to draw us in, but this combined with the smooth, neat curves topped off with the beautiful three button statement detailing really makes us head over heels!
This piece is graceful and compact enough to be an ideal solution for small spaces. It has been made by highly skilled frame makers and greatly experienced upholsterers who have given this sofa absolute dedication. Just look at elegance of it – it really does ooze quality.
The piece has been made with superior craftsmanship, and with a unique technique that gives it its individual features. “The unusual mitre detail on the tabletop gives the illusion of the table becoming thinner towards the centre, and secondly, the exposed end grain of the legs interrupts the grain of the table top to surprising effect.”
Available in a range of sizes, materials and finishes, this table is just so perfectly stylish and versatile to be used in a variety of both commercial and residential markets.
Following on from our last top pick of James UK’s work, the company who are exhibiting at the Design Factory at The Farmiloe Building during Clerkenwell Design Week, will be continuing to push this range and will be launching a new dining chair and bar stool to join the Holton family.
The company utilize traditional Windsor chair making techniques when creating the Holton range. A skill which is unfortunately fast in decline, but, “one we are very keen to keep alive” states the team. They have adapted this way of working to bring an exciting extra dimension to this range, and as with all their other ranges, the Holton collection is manufactured in the UK, and is fully customizable to suit individual wants and needs.
We are super excited here at Lighting and Interiors to see these lovely new pieces, along with all the other beautiful products that they continue to create.
James UK have a dedicated team managing every one of their projects. They offer a personal approach to each of their clients – ensuring that all the requirements and needs of their customers are met, and to the highest of standards at each stage of the project.
They also “…make a conscious effort to responsibly source materials and support the British manufacturing industry in order to minimise our impact on the environment.” This is an ideal final touch to a British furniture company – it’s impossible not to love James UK.
The next British design company you need to treat yourself to, is award winning Plant & Moss who produce homeware and lifestyle collections handmade here in Britain.
Founded in 2009, the company run a creative, industrial studio in London where they have recently relocated to; mixing traditional and modern concepts to create their luxurious contemporary products. Describing their process of design, the studio say, “…we design for longevity through narrative, interaction and material exploration” striving to create designs that are enjoyable, uniquely personal and also friendly to the environment.
Plant & Moss have worked with a variety of prestigious clients including; Heals, Anthropologie, Liberty of London, Pedlars, Selfridges concessions, Top Man, Du Boulay for Nandos and Homeless – Hong Kong to name a few.
Their signature collection is handmade in Britain where the products are crafted using both modern techniques and time honoured skills. The majority of Plant & Moss’ collections are manufactured in the Midlands where their studio was founded and where their current manufacture base still resides. They consciously nurture their relationships with nearby independent businesses, craftsmen and artisans. This community way of working means they can have direct input into the manufacturing process – allowing a keen eye for detail of the quality of their products.
Alongside their signature collection available on their website, the company also offers a bespoke service as well as supplying to interior designers and specifiers alike. Their Original Clamp Lamps and recent Polka table lamps making statement features in bars and offices.
We’ve featured some of our personal favourites that we believe will win you over, but remember to have a nosy at their website www.plantandmoss.com for many more delightful niceties!
This simple, but extremely effective piece makes a bold statement, and reminds us that the sometimes the barest and most stripped back pieces of furniture can be really quite lovely with functional and practical personalities.
It takes the form of a traditional pine pallet, transformed into a beautifully planed oak coffee table, that can either be sleek and low slung, or stacked to create a higher statement.
Designed to be a conversational centre piece, this table is also available with a glass top and legs. So if you fancy adding a bit of stylish, industrial chic to your home – this is definitely worth considering.
If you like something a bit different to make people look twice, then you’ll love this Odd Couples Bench. The contrasting backs make this design peculiar and quite unusual, but at the same time absolutely lovely!
Made in English Ash with a selection of finishes, the seat is really quite intriguing to the eye – and certainly makes a great and curious feature to the room!
Fun and playful, these series of colourful domes are concealed lights for the home that use bright LEDs.
They are plugged in pendant lamps, and with an ample cable they can be hung wherever you want.
The Polka Lamps are so sweet and friendly looking they really do bring a smile to your face and brighten up the room.
Speaking with founder James Plant, he revealed that Plant & Moss are currently working on an extension to the Polka range including new finishes as well as; floor lamps, wall lamps and chandelier pendants to come.
Here at Lighting and Interiors, we are so excited to see these new pieces and know we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the Plant & Moss website to make sure we don’t miss out on anything!
Bark is a bespoke furniture company run by husband and wife team, Jonathan Walter and Lakshmi Bhaskaran.
The couple who are both trained cabinetmakers, developed their craft of creating one-pieces for clients separately, until deciding to join forces in 2010 and establish Bark Furniture.
The company produce the most exquisite, British made furniture and home accessories, that are both original in design and made by hand using traditional cabinet making skills in their workshop in Cornwall.
Fast becoming known as a hub of brilliant craftsmanship, Cornwall bodes the perfect place for Bark Furniture to work with local manufacturers and artisans, to produce their beautiful, high quality pieces.
Describing their process of working, the Bark team explain:
“We offer a fresh take on bespoke, British-made furniture and accessories. Our mission is to create stunning, original designs, made by hand using traditional cabinet-making skills. All Bark furniture is made to the very highest standard using wood from sustainable sources, so we expect our furniture to last generations. The result is well designed, perfectly executed furniture.”
Looking at Bark’s furniture, you really can see how their skills and talent, combined with the location in which they work help create their lovely collections. The company have a very distinct look about their pieces, which the Bark team explains as harking “… back to a bold period in furniture design. Inspired by the mid-century modern era, when confidence in proportion, modesty in detail and simplicity of construction were the defining characteristics. It was with these characteristics in mind that we created Bark, a studio that encapsulates all our feelings about what great furniture should be.”
This simple, but beautifully elegant Dining Chair is part of Bark’s Acorn collection.
With a choice of upholstered finishes and available in a number of woods, this seat also comes with the option of with or without arms.
The emerald green fabric and distinct angles of the wooden frame has completely won us over here at Lighting and Interiors.
The piece really does have its own retro personality, and emits the mid-century style Bark Furniture work towards.
If you are after something to speak volumes in its simplicity, then this is certainly a piece for you!
The piece evokes the Cornish setting where the Bark team reside – with a feeling of bringing the beach into your home.
The running length of the motif has a quirky, folk-like feeling that adds a lovely feature and statement to the surface.
With a choice of contrasting woods, it is difficult not to fall in love with this charming standalone piece.
The Kustom Collection is inspired by fifties Americana and the dramatic detailing used by car customisers.
The table adds a bold visual statement to the room, with the curving angles of the wooden frame and clear precision showcasing high quality and skilled craftsmanship.
Topped with a sheet of glass, this piece will add a gorgeously sleek feature to your room.
Bark Furniture are very excited to be exhibiting at Clerkenwell Design Week this month for the fourth year in a row!
We are super eager to see the launch of some lovely new products from the Bark family, and speaking with founder, Jonathan, he has given us a small taste of what we can expect to be see…
A new chair and sofa will be making their debut, and these will be a development of the One Seater and Two Seater from the beautiful Acorn collection.
A brand new sideboard will also be showcased at the exhibition, which Jonathan describes as, “Completely different” to Bark’s current works.
Looking forward to these new pieces as much as we are? Then you should definitely make your way down to see Bark Furniture at the Design Factory exhibition at The Farmiloe Building during Clerkenwell Design Week. Or if you can’t wait until then – have a nosy around their website www.barkfurniture.com to see all the nice things Bark Furniture make!
The companies we’ve featured today are great inspirations for any aspiring British furniture, product, interior and lighting designers. They not only produce truly high quality pieces of work, but they design them here in Britain.
They are gems of the industry, and we urge you to visit them either through their websites, studios or in person at their shows and exhibitions so you can see some lovely pieces that they produce right here on your doorstep.