Welcome to the Tom Raffield Logbook: Vol. 5. Our latest edition exploring all the recent news from our design studios and workshops in Cornwall.
Head to your favourite cosy corner, and catch up with us...
“I truly believe that sustainability should be synonymous with good design, much like quality and function are, and that this is the answer to over-consumption and the environmental challenges we face.”
- Tom Raffield, Founder.
OUR POSITIVE IMPACT
This past year has allowed us to make great strides on our strategy for crafting a brighter future. Great design is about more than just the products we make. It’s every step of the process and every material sourced - all our choices have to be kind to the planet and those who live here. Sustainability is at the heart of each decision we make, ensuring we are maintaining our social practices and following up with our sustainability pledges.
Inspired by the striking formations of smooth sea-eroded cliff faces and ridged headlands that distinguish the north coast of Cornwall, the Leven Lighting Range adds layers of light which effortlessly elevates spaces with its tiered drum aesthetic. The Leven’s simple yet refined silhouettes add depth and drama to a range of interiors.
Meaning ‘level’ in Cornish, the Leven Range is handcrafted using tiers of curving oak or walnut timber that climb a central plywood frame summit. Each layer of sustainably sourced timber is arched in tension and secured at the seams by brass accented rivets. The unique glow that pours from each layer is unrivalled as the subtle shadows create a gentle comfort.
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.
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 over a decade. Throughout our company’s history, we have been guided by our founding values, which compel us to put people and the planet first.
Explore our range of unique artisan wall lights. Instantly bringing your room to life, wall lamps will enhance the ambience in your space, providing a gentle atmospheric glow. The importance of using a variety of light sources in an interior space is paramount. By introducing wall lights into your space, you can create effects, mark points and define sections of interest.
Whether you are seeking a bright light to aid everyday tasks, or a subtle warm glow to create a cosy atmosphere in the evenings, wall lights can help bring the space to its fullest potential.
Our best-selling designs include the Urchin,Skipperand Cape wall mounted designs, as well as plug-in-and-go options to instantly bring your living room, bedroom or hallway to life.
The continuing popularity of houseplants and their inclusion in interior design projects far and wide is music to our eyes and ears. There are many benefits to creating interior environments that make us feel more connected to nature; also known as biophilic design. Discover some of our favourite plant-care tips you can implement at home...
Practicality & Perfect Placement - It's best to keep practicality in mind and choose the right plants your home in terms of space, light sources and drafts.
Thrive in the sunshine - Every plant has a preferred light level, so think about how light comes in and travels through your space throughout the day
Location, location - A cluster of richly diverse houseplants, displayed at different heights can make the most impact and an impressive statement.
Here at Tom Raffield we receive so many great questions regarding our pioneering steam bending technique that we thought we’d answer them for you...
How long have you been steam bending wood for?
TR:My fascination with steam bending wood began whilst studying at Falmouth College of Art and I continued to explore the process whilst studying 3D Design at Falmouth University. So, I guess about 20 years or so.
How long do you steam the wood for?
TR: It depends on the piece of wood in question. We use different lengths and thicknesses for every product that we make, it’s a kind of trial and error process! There’s no set rule or calculation to be honest, it’s best to experiment and keep note of what seems to work best for you.
“The aim for the design was to capture a weightless aesthetic, be handcrafted from mixed materials and be as sustainable as possible, in keeping with our other steam bent products”
- Tom Raffield, Founder.
Meaning ‘Moon’ in Cornish, the Loer Pendantshowcases a translucent glass orb with clouded bands of warm celestial white light which suspends within a sleek halo of supple ash wood. Held in place by brass detailed fixings that reflect the soft illustrious glow of the spherical globe when illuminated, the opulent Loer Pendantlooks equally as eye-catching when switched off.
“I have a couple of these products and think they are beautiful. From the minimalist design (of the ones I chose) to the environmental ethos behind the production. I also found the entire process of selecting, ordering and delivery very straightforward. So pleased I found out about Tom Raffield.” - Nigel B.
With origins rooted in the sculptural tree canopies surrounding our Cornish design studio, our collection of steam bent, ash wood storage celebrates the strength, versatility and unique character of this sustainable natural material, whilst showcasing forward-thinking design at it’s very best. The clever designs can be displayed both alone, providing smart storage solutions for compact living, or in multiples, to create a unique focal point in larger spaces.
Arbor Armchair- Choose furniture that defines function whilst proudly showcasing your personal style. The strength of the Arbor Armchair’s steam bent solid Pyrénéen oak arm brings intrigue and invites a tactile touch, whilst the comfort of the upholstery will bring joy to and intrigue your guests.