Tom raffield handcrafted design
Tom Raffield is an artist and designer maker who works with wood using the method of steam bending. He has created a furniture and lighting range by steam bending a variety of woods, chiefly temperate hardwoods including ash, oak and walnut.
Tom Raffield grew up in Exmoor, England - where the natural environment stimulated his imagination, and fed into his future designs. Raffield’s fascination with the traditional practice of steam bending began whilst studying at Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University), where he discovered the traditional technique of using a chamber wouldn’t allow him to create the complex 3D bends he had envisaged. Years of research and experimentation allowed him to develop a new steaming method to turn his design visions into reality and create furniture designs such as the Chaise Longue, Arc Chair and Loop Chair and Lights including the Pendant Number 1, Cage Light and Butterfly Pendant which typically come in a choice of ash, oak or walnut.
Raffield was co-founder of the award-winning collective design company Sixixis, recognised for unique aesthetic, forward-thinking designs and now, through his own company, Raffield continues to create modern, sculptural furniture and lighting.
Handcrafted in his studios in Cornwall, England, the range of contemporary lighting and furniture he now creates is based on beauty, integrity and a desire to create unique, high-specification products.
Winner of the Lighting Design Association’s Lighting Design Award 2011.