Design: The Axe Factor

Sebastian Cox, designer of our new Chestnut and Ash collection, was featured recently in The Telegraph , in a piece written by Katie Treggiden, where he talks about his passion for the ancient practice of coppicing…

‘I sit up at night thinking about it, reading about it and watching TED talks about it,’ he says.  ‘Planing English timber to reveal its flecks and rays makes my pulse race.’ Cox, who has a masters degree in sustainable design form Lincoln University, uses coppiced wood to create elegant furniture that is ‘crafty’ enough to sit well in a farmhouse kitchen and modern enough to suit edgier tastes….Forests in Britain have been coppiced for thousands of years, and whole eco systems of flowers, insects and birds have evolved to live in these unique habitats. But a decline in woodland management over the past 50 years owing to the falling value of timer, has seen a parallel decline in these species.  ‘My motivation is putting money back into woods by making objects that people want to buy,’ Cox says.  Click to read the article…

The Chestnut and Ash range, which was launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, includes the Shake Cabinet and Sideboard, and Lath Chair, Bench and Coffee Table.  Made from coppiced chestnut and well-managed ash, the collection has a simple and textural aesthetic.  All can be viewed on our website and are available to purchase directly from Benchmark.

Featured image by Adam Hollier.

 

Posted on: 14th July, 2014 By: Benchmark Category: Furniture| In The Press| Our designers