The Urban Guide to the Countryside

Wouldn’t you though?

12 Sep 2016

No 1 pendant light £285 (ash)

Looky looky at what caught my eye this week: sexy statement urban lighting and furniture, made in a woodland workshop right here in Cornwall. If that’s not a juxtaposition I don’t know what is.

Much of the buzz around Tom Raffield Ltd has been generated by editorials in the broadsheet supplements: if you’ve had time to laze about in bed browsing the Sunday glossies (ha, as if) you’ll know what I mean. His most popular hand made designs are being stocked by high end highstreet stores, and if they’re good enough for Heals and JL they’re good enough for Muddy – DO believe the hype people.

Each thing of beauty is created by steam-bending wood by hand and individually finished with the care and attention of a fine piece of art. You’re looking at future classics here: heirloom worthy luxury, reminiscent of Eames plywood range, but sort of more organic.

Based on natural and organic forms each product works with the aesthetics of countless environments. Not only that, Tom’s designs have won countless awards, he’s scorching hot on sustainability and pretty much unique in his use of British solid woods and traditional steam bending. Hard to imagine that such low-fi methods made this stunning chair – which is one spiral of plywood:



Amble hanging seat £1250


Want something more bespoke? Much of the work Tom undertakes is customised commission work (usually altering existing products according to individual spec) – I’m loving this coat loop, which is made to your dimensions:


Long coat loop (made to order)


But you don’t need to venture up to Cribbs Causeway for your TR fix – Tom has both a website and a showroom (in the woodland I mentioned earlier). Go see him in action, and be marvelled!


Tom Raffield, Nanskerris, Trevarno, Helston TR13 0RU T: 01326 722725

4 comments on “Wouldn’t you though?”
  • suetucker September 16, 2016

    Stunning – how clever of you to find these beautiful pieces

    • louwhelan September 17, 2016

      Simply gorgeous Sue – future design classics!

  • Amber Fay September 16, 2016

    I’m believing the hype!! These are fab, love love love the hanging seat.

    • louwhelan September 17, 2016

      Isn’t it stunning? Trying to find a place at Muddy HQ for it 🙂


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