The Logbook Vol. 4: SS21
Welcome to the logbook Vol. 4. With a focus on creating comfortable and relaxing home spaces, our master craftspeople have been hard at work to create unique pieces. We are excited to show you what we have been working on through such a memorable year.
Grab a cup of your favourite tea, settle in and have a read...
Our goal is to create new ways of living with unique, quality homewares that are inspired by nature and handmade to last a lifetime using traditional craft processes in sustainable and innovative ways.
We strive to inspire a like-minded conscious community and have a positive impact helping to create a world where people and nature thrive for future generations to enjoy.
Our positive impact
Great design is about more than just the products we make; we make decisions based on what’s best for people and the planet. As a design-led brand intent on crafting functional pieces with long lasting quality, sustainability is, and always has been, at the forefront of every business decision. With the smallest ecological footprint possible, we forge a path to excellence, crafting the heirlooms of the future whilst protecting the natural world that inspires us.
Introducing our new Loer Pendant
Inspired by the elliptical orbits of the planets and moons that line the inner edges of our vast solar system, the Loer Pendant Light brings weightless illumination to any space it reaches. Combining beautiful translucent glass, sustainable steam bent ash wood and brushed metallic brass, the Loer showcases minimal, nature-inspired design at its finest.
Held in place by brass detailed fixings that reflect the soft illustrious glow of the spherical globe when illuminated, the opulent Loer Pendant looks equally as eye-catching when switched off. This contemporary wooden light is suited to an array of interiors and property styles and looks particularly striking suspended in clusters.
Illuminate space. Seek the extraordinary.
Heirlooms of the future
Is it high quality? Is it well made? Is it well-designed? Will it still have the same appeal in five years time? There are many reasons why a piece of homeware can be a good investment and become that special item passed on to generations to come. Here’s our current five favourite timeless pieces...
The sculptural May Coffee Table is a masterful interpretation of contemporary design, making an elegant statement in your space.
Where pared back design meets our signature curves, our iconic Skipper Pendant leads the charge.
The appearance of a perfect circle from the side, the ergonomically designed Amble Hanging Seat holds itself with striking effect.
Use the Mullion Floor Light To illuminate specific areas, to layer light or add depth to your interior.
Small space lighting saviours
Six new bestselling lighting designs join our mounted wooden Flush Lighting Collection. Suited to lower ceiling heights and smaller interiors, these decorative, compact designs still offer the same curved, modern aesthetic as our iconic lighting pieces without taking up too much space.
Inspired by shells found scattering the shorelines of Cornish beaches surrounding the Tom Raffield studio, the Urchin Flush Ceiling Light softly illuminates space with pools of brightness.
Utilitarian style meets Scandinavian simplicity. Through hours of careful wrapping, the elongated Helix Flush Ceiling Light proudly takes shape.
Handcrafted from sustainably sourced oak or walnut wood, the six undulating waves that form the Drift Flush Ceiling Pendant bend to mesmerise and delight.
A brighter future
A Strategy for Living in Harmony with Nature
To make sure we can deliver our commitments to you our customers, our team, our partners, and the planet, we remain focused on improving the way we do business. Our responsibility. Our impact. Our future together. We started this long before the word “sustainability” was fashionable. For us, this is a calling and not just a business. A calling that we put our heart and soul into—and have for 12 years. Throughout our company’s history, we have been guided by our founding values — which compel us to put people and the planet first.
Every year we reflect and build on this pledge to do better. In the next few weeks, we’ll share our newest set of goals, but here are a few things we’ve been working on recently:
We’ve joined the WWF ® 2030 Circle – a group of likeminded supporters united around a single, necessary goal: halt the loss of the natural world by 2030 and start building a future where people and nature thrive together on our one planet.
We’re committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative, this means that we are constantly striving to become more active in our local community to support environmental charities and groups.
We’ve commited to paying our team a Real Living Wage.
We have a Climate Positive Workforce through our carbon-offsetting partnership with Ecologi.
We work alongside Pluss social enterprise – through a product collaboration we support people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment.
Illuminate your home office
A little bored of your make-shift set up? Show your home office some love and treat yourself to some new lighting designs that are guaranteed to brighten your space (and your mood).
Specifically supporting the Trillion Trees programme, a joint venture between three of the world’s largest conservation charities: Bird Life International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and WWF, we’re dedicated to help to re-grow, save and better protect one trillion trees across the globe by 2050.
Our annual, philanthropic pledge is collectively helping to raise £10 million by 2030 for this specific project – this vital funding will help re-establish the right trees in the right places to conserve biodiversity, sustain ecosystems, capture enough carbon to tackle climate change, and lift people out of poverty and food insecurity.
Designs that function with a flourish
From the seats of Downing Street to a mill powered by Yorkshire Spring Water and beyond... we’ve caught up with Martin Aveyard, Creative Director at natural wool company Abraham Moon in Yorkshire, to find out how they make their sustainable fabrics, how the oldest woollen mill in the UK operates and how Moon fabrics came to adorn our steam bent furniture designs.
TR: What are your favourite qualities of wool?
MA: Wool is naturally biodegradable in a short time frame (as little as three months) and is renewable too, with sheep of course growing a new fleece every year. For interiors, a 100% wool fabric is even more of a blessing, offering amazing insulation properties and working in harmony with its environment to absorb and not re-emit harmful pollutants from internal air.
TR: Why is sustainability important to your business?
MA: Today it`s not enough just to make a beautiful item. Customers (thankfully) want to know the back story of where and how it was made. Sustainability runs through everything we do at Moon, from the inherent natural benefits of the wool itself right through to developments in our Yorkshire-based mill.
TR: What would you consider the brand’s biggest achievement to date?
MA: Introducing and promoting the innate and beautiful qualities of wool as a fabric for interiors to a wider audience.
What makes wood sustainable?
What is FSC? Where do we source our wood? Why ash, oak and walnut? We’ve caught up with our founder Tom to discuss our favourite natural material that’s central to our product range.
To you, what makes wood a sustainable material to work?
TR: As a natural material, wood can be regrown and replenished which makes it very sustainable to manufacture. We only source wood from FSC certified forests which means that our supply is carefully managed to prevent habitat loss and damage to local eco systems.
How do you ensure you only source sustainably grown wood?
TR: We only use FSC wood as it not only guarantees great quality timber but carries a certain environmental security – we know that rules are being adhered to and woodlands replenished. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and it certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards.
You work predominantly with ash, oak and walnut wood – why?
TR: Temperate hardwoods like ash, oak and walnut steam bend well and also happen to be some of the most sustainable and local timbers available to us.
Word on the street
What our customer's say:
“Glorious planter! The wall mounted planter is a beautifully designed object. With a simple trailing ivy it’s brought an empty light well to life. Brings me joy every day!” Nora M.
The Tilner Mirror - “The perfect product for a small vanity area, very elegant.” Trudy H.
“Fabulous and beautifully handcrafted product. Having already bought the Arbor Armchair, I fell in love with the matching Beeble Pouffe. The workmanship is just outstanding, the pouffe is incredibly comfortable to sit on as well as having somewhere to rest your feet after a busy day! Would highly recommend all Tom Raffield products.” Sara M.