The raw warmth, the unique grains, the versatility – it has so much going for it, which is why we’ve been working with different timbers for over 20 years now. Honing, refining, staining, smoothing. And we have favourite woods – tulipwood for its fine finish that’s easy to paint, American oak for its solid reliability, character and sense of heritage. But this season we wanted to combine those trusted woods with new finishes and textures to increase that sense of tactility on everything we create. From natural linens and wool, sheepskin, bronze and stoneware, to hardwearing hemp and jute, all tell stories of craftsmanship and creativity that have stood the test of time.
For years, we’ve mixed natural and painted wood finishes in our collections, (notably in the Henley kitchen, where you can combine oak and painted cabinetry), but our new Ardingly drinks cabinet is the perfect example of established and new materials coming together harmoniously. Painted tulipwood cabinetry, darkened oak legs and cool Carrara marble are the building blocks, finished with Black-Bronze hardware, mirrored panelling and subtle lighting. It’s a combination that makes Ardingly uniquely adaptable: the optional marble worktop is great if you’re using the cabinet as a larder or for serving drinks but can be removed, revealing the timber surface, if your Ardingly is destined to be a TV cabinet or desk.
Elsewhere in the collection, the new Wycombe occasional chair is an elegant combination of a traditional oak frame with a seat woven from rush fibre – a durable, twisted paper cord which is as giving and comfortable as it is sturdy. This seating technique was used regularly at the beginning of the 20th century after being made popular by Arts & Crafts champion William Morris, and revived again from the mid-1900s by Scandinavian designers.