“During free time I design and build furniture for our own home. Whilst not actively seeking commissions I am happy to look at making smaller pieces on an ad-hoc basis.
A thicknesser makes it easier to prepare rough-sawn timber and a woodturning lathe allows spindles, knobs and bowls to be produced, but most of my work is completed using hand tools. For some situations mdf, blockboard, veneer and laminates are necessary but I prefer to work with solid timber. Over a number of years I have produced pieces to suit a variety of situations both indoors and out. It is encouraging that people moving in after us have wanted to keep furniture I produced for that particular space. I happily cannibalise or adapt manufactured furniture to suit specific needs too - some elements particularly those formed from metal and glass can be difficult or expensive to produce in a small workshop and it is surprising what can be done with simple piece from places like Ikea. The principal advantage in making your own furniture is that you can have pretty much exactly what you want and at reasonable cost.
I am particularly fond of (circa) 50’s design such as Dieter Rams’ steel shelving and furniture by Hans Wegner and Charles and Ray Eames.
Complementing the furniture at home we are proud to have two large works by Chocolate Factory artist Lara Harwood on our walls as well as works by Judith Fairlie and one of Lawrie Simonson’s avian sculptures.”
B204, Chocolate Factory 1
Wood Green, London
The Chocolate Factories in Wood Green, London N22, are a landmark development and hub of excellence for the creative industries in the UK.
The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.
What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.