When you sit in the Arbor armchair, the arms of the chair naturally follow the shape of your own arms, allowing you to sit very comfortably. The steam bending technique has been applied to a single piece of solid oak to achieve such a result. To enhance the experience, the seat is upholstered in wool sourced from a vertical woollen mill in Britain, one of the last remaining mills in the country. The Arbor chair is a true mix of contemporary design, sustainable processes and traditional skills.
Tom uses steam bending throughout his design pieces. It is a traditional technique that consumes a low level of energy, minimises wastage, and promotes a sustainable production process. He discovered steam bending during his studies and since developed his own methodology to be able to create any shapes and curves. As a result, Tom’s creativity is never constrained.
Tom’s bag technique allows him to create complex 3D shapes. Traditional steam bending uses a chamber of steam in which the wood is first placed and then removed into the air to be bent. This process limits the manipulation of the wood as time is very restricted by the cooling of the air. So Tom uses a bag filled with steam that he places on certain portions of the wood. This way, he can create bends in the wood as the wood is being steamed. As a result, the design pieces can be crafted much more precisely. The wood is bent with a jig system combining clamps, composite straps and scaffolding bars to provide enough space for the whole process and avoid the limitation of shaping on a bench.
This specific technique is time-consuming and requires full dedication. Each piece is individually shaped by hand which makes Tom’s contemporary designs unique.
85cm x 65cm x 80cm (w x d x h)
Made from sustainably sourced English oak.
Finished with a blend of natural oils to give a matt finish.
Upholstered with wool made in Britain.
“I find inspiration in nature. You never find hard corners or squares; it’s always curves and twists.”
Designer Focus | Tom Raffield
Tom is a rising British designer based in Helston, Cornwall. His designs combine traditional craft skills with a definite contemporary style. All design pieces are handmade and respectful of the nature that inspires their curves.
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Available in red, black, white and black, the ROLL chair can be used both indoors and outdoors.
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Red, Black, White, Beige
If out of stock, up to 9 weeks.
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Marlo & Isaure designed the Circus coffee tables in two different sizes that can harmoniously complement each other and bring dynamism to a room. The independent top brings maximum flexibility.
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