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No 1 pendant light (ash), £285

Cool urban style created in the West Countryside: the perfect Muddy Stilettos combo, don’t you think? Lou over at Muddy Cornwall let me know about designer/maker Tom Raffield who handcrafts these gorgeous pieces in his woodland studio in Cornwall, and sells his most popular designs through high end high street stores like Heals.

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Long coat loop (made to order)

Each piece is created by steam-bending wood by hand and individually finished with the care and attention of a fine work of art. You’re looking at future classics here: heirloom worthy luxury, reminiscent of Eames plywood range, but sort of more ‘organic’.

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Arbor armchair, £1,250

Tom’s designs have won countless awards, he’s scorching hot on sustainability and pretty much unique in his use of British solid woods and traditional steam bending. Hard to imagine that such low-fi methods made this stunning chair – which is one spiral of plywood…

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Amble hanging seat, £1,250

Have a look around Tom’s website or, if you fancy a pootle down the A30, his showroom (in the woodland I mentioned earlier) near Helston – don’t forget to check out Muddy Cornwall first!

Tom Raffield, Nanskerris, Trevarno, Helston TR13 0RU Tel. 01326 722725. tomraffield.com

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