The enduring appeal of rustic living derives from the simplicity and honesty of its décor, the warmth of its materials, and the charm of its imperfections. So escape the city and join us as we explore the stories behind our favourite pieces of rustic furniture in this selection of windows.
Sika Design is a company with more than 60 years of history, which their latest collection takes advantage of. Old design sketches from the 50s and the 60s are combined with modern details in this range of rattan furniture.
Emodi’s furniture is an antidote to today’s throwaway culture. Made entirely from reclaimed wood, these rustic pieces built from refuse aim to be “truly unique, timeless and precious works of art made to stand the test of time.”
A childhood passion for Lego has translated into an adult passion for creating functional objects from the salvaged parts of discarded objects. A rustic set of table and chairs, for example, are made from barrels originally used in a Norfolk brewery that closed down in the 50s.
Peter Lanyon combines “green wood working techniques, unseasoned timber, [and] traditional tools and skills dating back hundreds of years.” Because they work ‘with’ their (locally sourced) wood, many of their pieces are one-offs, retaining a hand-made rustic character.
It is the ‘natural beauty’ of the wood which inspires Jonathan Field: for example, he use the pre-existing curve of a log when making furniture, cutting along the curve and so leaving the natural shape of the wood intact.
Unlike other materials, wood does not stay still. It continues to expand and contract according to the moisture in the air, long after the it has been separated from the tree. Where other designers try to minimize this movement, Jalmari Laihinen embraces it.
Pippa Murray Design uses locally sourced sustainable British hardwoods. Each piece is made using traditional tools and is an “interpretation of function and style within the client’s home.”
“Wherever we find our timber we know it has lived a life”. Salvation’s finished products retain the imperfections and flaws of the original wood, which give their pieces a uniquely lived-in character.
All of Reason Season Time’s base materials are plundered from old houses, factories and ships. Their products are handcrafted by artisans and carpenters in India, using techniques passed down through generations.