And in a blink of an eye, Friday has arrived again. I thought we’d end the week on a high with one of my all-time favourite eco-friendly designers Tom Raffield and his latest collection of swoon-worthy designs.
If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you may recall one of my first ever Design Crush posts celebrated this incredibly talented designer and his remarkable steam bent designs. If you missed it you can read part of his design journey here. You’ll also know that I have included his new designs on and off over the past couple of years.
Tom Raffield’s Latest Collection – The Green Range
My adoration for the organic and fluid forms of Tom Raffield’s timeless designs first captured my heart whilst studying Interior Design when I came across his Butterfly pendant. It sparked my ongoing love affair with his designs and although I sadly don’t personally possess any as yet, I know that one day I will.
I’m incredibly excited by this new range of designs. If you had the chance to read my botanical kitchen makeover, there’s a chance that you’ll know I’m a huge lover of plants. They form a massive part of our family home and even Bob has survived the last couple of years in my son’s apartment without my assistance.
One of the problems with being a plant addict is actually finding ways to display their natural beauty in your homes. This is where Tom Raffield and his team take centre stage with their fabulous The Green Range. Elevating even the humblest of plants to a higher status with traditional craftsmanship and innovative design. They’re breathtaking pieces to adorn your homes with, plant lover or not.
Tom Raffield’s sculptural forms add perfect for adding visual interest. Designed to make a stand-alone statement that means you don’t have to fill your homes with unnecessary adornment.
The Green Range was featured at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show where Tom Raffield was invited to design a unique installation for Raymond Blanc’s Jardin Blanc. And, if you followed him and his brilliant team on Instagram, you’d have had the delights of seeing the designs being lovingly handcrafted. It was fascinating to watch and as we spend most of our summers in Cornwall, I’m secretly hoping one day to actually visit in person. I love seeing the process of a design coming together. Until then, I’ll have to admire from afar and get my design fix by writing.
Merryn Floor Planter Tall
This amazing sculptural Merryn Floor Planter has no less than sixteen elliptical blades of twisting steam bent sustainably sourced oak. They stand shoulder to shoulder in a striking spherical design. Each handcrafted blade supporting a nestled handmade earthenware bowl.
I adore and admire how visual movement is presented to us with this piece. Each blade creating a feeling of motion and fluidity forming a functional useful design. Definitely, a statement piece that I know I’d be proud to display in my home and maybe you feel the same. Price: £745 (Tall) There’s also a shorter Merryn Floor Planter priced at £695
Morvah Ceiling Hanging Planter
Hanging planters have become all the rage in recent years, but this Morvah planter has to be the most beautiful one I have seen to date. Tom Raffield’s signature singular steam bent piece of solid oak creates a circular formation that caresses and embraces the hand-glazed earthenware planter bowl at the heart of the design.
Whilst it appears simplistic in design at first glance, its formation actually makes you stop and take a closer look. You find yourself assessing the skill involved to form the singular piece of solid oak that encapsulates the bowl which adds a beautiful contrasting texture to the overall look. You can’t help but acknowledge the craftsmanship. Hand steam bending is definitely a skill to be admired.
A statement hanging planter that would look great adorning an unloved corner to bring it to life. Or why not consider grouping a few to hang above a dining room table instead of lights to add a wow factor to your dining experience. I adore the Morvah’s standout timeless look. It’s one that would compliment most decor choices and styles. Price: £195
Morvah Wall Hanging Planter
If your ceilings aren’t up to the job or you prefer to hang from the wall, Morvah is also available as a wall plant hanger. You can see it here hanging out with the rest of the crew from The Green Range. Again these would look great as a stand-alone piece to highlight an area in your home or create a plant hanging party to define and create a feature wall. Either way, you’ll be adding a piece of lovingly sculptured art for your homes and plant gang. Price: £295
Amble Hanging Seat
I’m sneaking this one in as it’s not officially part of The Green Range, but I seriously couldn’t resist. The Amble Hanging seat has me in awe of the skill that has gone in to play to achieve such a seemingly effortless floating seat. It has an air of gracefulness to it don’t you think? A design that adds movement to our interiors (or undercover outdoors) and plays with the senses. Whether you decide to claim it for yourself or share the experience with another it’d make the perfect hanging seat to relax and unwind.
The Amble Hanging Seat is formed from three creamy lengths of sustainably sourced ash, steam bent and scarf joined together by hand to form a perfect circle from the side. Price: £1,450
On a final note….
Tom Raffield’s designs allow you to take a step back and acknowledge the sheer beauty of natural wood in your home. Created to be admired on all levels including their environmentally friendly qualities and the skillset involved.
He literally brings pieces of mother nature alive through his understanding and respect for the natural wood he uses. They’re quite simply divine and are a feast for the eyes. An investment not only for our homes but for our senses and how many of us can say that about what we buy.
Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for stopping by…..