May Coffee Table

May Coffee Table

CHF 1610

Handcrafted coffee table with a subtle sculptural twist by Tom Raffield

Colours

Oak

Lead times

3-7 weeks
8-12 weeks for large quantities

DELIVERY & PRICE

Transporter: UPS
Transport, taxes & duties: included in price

SKU: HJ-014-TR-MCT Category:
Designer :Tom Raffield
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Colour

Sycamore | Blue, Sycamore | Green, Sycamore | Orange, Sycamore | Pink, Sycamore | White, Sycamore | Yellow, Walnut | Blue, Walnut | Copper, Walnut | Gold, Walnut | Green, Walnut | Orange, Walnut | Red, Walnut | Yellow

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The May Coffee Table is handcrafted in Cornwall and uses sustainably sourced English Oak. Functional and elegant, the table is supported by one sculptural curve which works its way around to meet all four legs. Thanks to his unique technique, Tom Raffield pushes the boundaries of traditional steam bending to create such a complex shape. The design of this sculptural twist is not only aesthetic but also brings strength and durability to the table.

Technique

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.

Dimensions
  • 37cm x 75cm (h x d)
Materials
  • Made from sustainably sourced oak with an English oak twist.
  • Available in a natural matt oiled finish.
Provenance
  • UK
“At university I got the feeling that steam bending was the one technique for me. I still have this strong feeling today.”

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 handcrafted and respectful of the nature that inspires their curves.

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