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Cornish design gem

Sexy statement urban lighting and furniture made in a Cornish woodland workshop!

Lovely Lou, editor of Muddy Cornwall has uncovered a little Cornish gem of a designer producing beautiful lighting, furniture and the sexiest coat rack you’ll ever see. You don’t even have to hot foot it to the Southwest as his pieces are available online.  Though, you know, any excuse for a weekend away… Take it away Lou….


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.


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.

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:


And you don’t need to venture down to Cribbs Causeway for your TR fix – Tom has a website

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

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