In a small way, we are hoping to raise the profile of some deeply talented makers by either simply show casing their work or through direct collaborations.These are highly creative people who work with their hands and eyes, using timeless tools and natural materials to create works of art.
French savoir-faire meets British design.
Following his training as an “ébéniste” at the world-renowned Ecole Boulle, Kim went on to work with some of the most prestigious ateliers in Paris. Focusing on the creation and restoration of exquisite furniture pieces, Kim used this time to acquire traditional and specialist skills in veneering, marquetry, working with shagreen and parchment, as well as the art of straw marquetry.
From his workshop in London, Kim now designs and makes contemporary pieces. He creates bespoke standalone furniture as well as smaller objets, including the matchbox sleeves he has designed in collaboration with No Straight Lines, by K&H Design.
Louisa used rough, raw clay sourced from her husband’s farm for her degree show at Chelsea School of Art and has now worked in this material for 35 years. Recently, when digging, she found evidence of stone age people in the form of a carved spearhead buried deep in her clay.
This year Louisa is showing her work with Muse Sculpture at Lucknam Park, Wiltshire, and at The Royal Enclosure, Ascot. She is on the Council of The Society of Portrait Sculptors, with whom she is exhibiting in The Garrison Chapel, Chelsea this August.
“Beliefs have been passed down through storytelling for millennia. They create the bonds that hold society together. By giving stories a physical form, I can be part of a conversation between ancient and modern societies, and even with the future.”
Even back in 2008 we all clung to those evenings when we could eat and entertain outdoors. Then still a new concept in Britain, Tim Ross made his own firepit for a teenage party. Encouraged by the firepit’s warmth and the atmosphere it created, the party-goers carried on until dawn. ‘Firepits UK’ was born.
Today, Tim and Emma Ross and their team of 18, make all their firepits and outdoor kitchens by hand in their workshops in Monmouthshire.
Highest quality craftsmanship and sustainability remain the core values of the business. They use high grade, thick British steel and construction methods that mean each item is made to last.