AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Inspired by the undulating Atlantic ocean as it meets his native Cornish coastline, Tom Raffield's sinuous wooden homewares are a swish blend of modern curvilinear design and ancient natural materials. While attending a 3D sustainability and design degree, Tom discovered an age-old, low-eergy technique for bending timbers using steam. Now a world leader in this craft, Tom creates intricate, organic twists and gentle arcs for his award-winning range of lighting, furniture and other home accessories. All raw materials at his solar-powered workshop in Cornwall, England are responsibly sourced, with any waste wood being re-used in other designs or by the local community, and never sent to landfill. Dry production methods are favoured - screws instead of glue, where possible, and all packaging is plastic-free and recyclable. These beautiful designer pieces are the heirlooms of the future; Tom Raffield represents the shape of things to come.
To create new ways of living with their original, timeless objects that are inspired by the natural world that surrounds them in Cornwall. Their artisan homeware designs are handcrafted by a skilled team to last a lifetime, using traditional craft processes in sustainable and innovative ways. Tom's aim is to transform spaces and leave a lasting impact without having an impact on the very thing that drives him - nature.
"We are the antidote to over consumption and hope to inspire a like-minded conscious community, helping to create a world where people and nature thrive for future generations to enjoy." - Tom Raffield, Founder and Designer
Since discovering the traditional, age-old technique of steam bending wood whilst studying his degree in 3D Sustainability & Design, Tom has been on an incredible self-taught journey of developing and understanding the process to become one of the world leaders in his craft. Tom’s fascination with the ecological technique allows him to create intricate curves and twists, mimicking organic shapes and celebrating the very thing that inspires him - nature.
Tom Raffield is one of a new generation of designers and makers, using his craft in innovative and contemporary ways. Leading the charge in sustainable design, he is driven to forge a path to excellence and cause as little environmental impact as possible along the way.
His passion and skill are now shared with his talented team of craftspeople, together they create objects that symbolise nature, tell a story and will last a lifetime, all whilst protecting the natural world.
“Each piece we create has been on an experimental journey - individual, organic and carefully considered. We source everything from sustainable woodlands, which, coupled with the low energy steam bending process, is a very ecological practice with little wastage,” explains Tom
Handcrafted in their BREEAM Excellent studios in Cornwall, England, the range of contemporary lighting, furniture and accessories Tom Raffield creates is based on beauty, integrity and a desire to create unique, high specification objects that will be cherished by their owners for years to come.