This is the first edition of our brand new Logbook – a quarterly issue dedicated to exploring the world of Tom Raffield. This issue includes a showcase of our latest collections, an interview with biophilic design expert Oliver Heath, and our very own workshop lighting team. We’ve also unveiled our Main Avenue Chelsea Flower Show design and a large-scale collaboration project for London’s Royal parks.
Hopefully you’ll find it as informative, interesting and fun to read as we did putting it together.
Welcome to Tom Raffield, we look beyond the limits of possibility, to design and make handcrafted contemporary lighting, furniture and bespoke projects. Our signature curved aesthetic transforms wood using our unique method of steam bending and innovative design process.
Welcome to the Spring Logbook.
The Green Range
INSPIRED BY NATURE • SHAPED BY STEAM • CURATED BY YOU
Our exclusive range of innovative, steam bent indoor planters celebrate the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and nature. From Ceiling to Wall and Floor Standing designs, there’s something to suit every space.
We're heading back to Chelsea Flower Show’s Main Avenue in May with a unique steam bent exhibition space focused on well-being, biophilic design and zero waste to celebrate the launch of a bespoke new collection.
The striking courtyard space showcases our groundbreaking new design process which combines our traditional steam bending technique with complex parametric modelling to create the eye-catching, biomorphic architecture and planters. These functional pieces of art sit amongst the planting, simulating the natural features and enriching the sensory experience.
The stand boasts planting designed and implemented by the winner of a collaborative graduate competition hosted with London College of Garden Design and in affiliation with the multi-award-winning designer, Tom Massey. Our therapeutic green space aims to remind people of the positive impact biophilic design can have on modern lives.
“We set out to create a space which people respond to instinctively and feel at home in. With a focus on movement, natural materials and organic forms, we wanted to explore the power nature can have on modern lives by improving the spaces we live and work in."
From Scandinavian-inspired ash pendant lighting to ergonomically designed armchairs in Spring-fresh pastel hues, the Tom Raffield range boasts an array of functional pieces guaranteed to transform any interior.
Scandinavian design principles and our sought-after aesthetic, merged. In the Skipper Pendant, sustainable ash, oak or walnut is hand-shaped to create an open light that casts out and up, in a bright, bold contrast of light and shadow.
What is biophilic design and why should we be incorporating it into our interiors? We caught up with friend and biophilic design expert, Oliver Heath to learn more.
TR: Why is it important to surround yourself with nature and plants?
OH: The benefits of surrounding ourselves with nature are numerous; aiding relaxation, decreasing stress and even recuperating our physical and mental ability. Delivering spaces that keep this connection to nature in mind, means people work better, live better and feel better.
TR: What are your top tips for selecting and placing plants?
OH: The first thing I would suggest is diversity. Introducing a variety of different plants gives a visual resilience to a space – immediately suggesting to the viewer that if a plant can survive here, humans can too. I would also recommend displaying different heights - this gives a greater sense of lushness and richness.
TR: There’s a preconceived conception that Biophilic Design is all about plants. What if you don’t have a space that can support plant life?
OH: So many spaces that we find ourselves in don’t have a direct connection to nature; be that good natural light, views out onto trees or plants, fresh air or views onto water. Thankfully there is plenty of evidence to suggest that artificial elements representing, or mimicking nature can be hugely beneficial in reducing stress. Think natural shapes (known as biomorphic forms) that remind us of nature such as flowers, or trees. Or the use of natural materials, textures and colours can help create more natural feeling spaces.
TR: What are the Oliver Heath team looking forward to for 2019?
OH: Amongst other exciting project work, what we’re most looking forward to for the year ahead is our work with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) - an exciting three year design project that will be a world first! Together with BRE, we’ll be investigating and demonstrating the amazing benefits of Biophilic Design in the workplace.
Bold, ebonised design and our sought-after wooden aesthetic, merged. With confidence in its definitive silhouettes, The Noctis Range showcases a new focus and brings daring, darker depths to interiors.
Our iconic No.1 Pendant gets an innovative update. Handcrafted into the most intricate of sculptural spheres, the Noctis No.1 Giant Pendant strikes a balance of timeless grace and ebonised, architectural design in every twist and turn.
Designed by London-based architect and design practice Mizzi Studio, and handcrafted by the Tom Raffield team for artisan coffee brand Colicci, a family of steam bent kiosks will be replacing eight aging structures across London’s Royal Parks.
Locations include Hyde Park Corner, St James’s Park and Green Park...let us know what you think next time you visit.
A feat of design and a triumph of our craft, this collection is deemed iconic for a reason.
Precise yet untamed. Imposing yet weightless. The No.1 Pendant was the first light we ever created and making it remains impossible for all but a few of our team to accomplish.
With its curling, coiling and curving aesthetic, the No.1 Pendant is suited to a multitude of spaces. Creating a balance of timeless grace and directional design in every twist and turn, the No.1 Pendant is a conversation starting statement piece that is sure to be remembered.