A Rum Fellow

  • Design News: Tom Raffield x A Rum Fellow Collaboration

    Posted on 08/08/2017 by A Rum Fellow

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    In a partnership celebrating skilled craftmanship, innovative design and sustainable making practices, the Tom Raffield x A Rum Fellow collaboration brings together a select range of Tom Raffield’s signature steam-bent upholstered furniture designs with our eye-catching indigo Ikat fabric. Inspired by a shared appreciation of traditional craft fused with contemporary design, the designs incorporate Tom Raffield’s innovative and low-energy form of steam bending with A Rum Fellow’s ethically sourced Ikat fabric which is made by and supportive of Guatemalan weaving cooperatives. The result: feel-good statement pieces that captivate the room. Design News | Ikat Arbor Crib Bench

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    Designer and maker Tom Raffield says: “It’s a special thing to collaborate with like-minded companies such as A Rum Fellow whose approach to design, craftsmanship and sustainability sits so nicely with the curves and forms of our furniture. For me, a large part of a product’s beauty is in its origins – who and how it was crafted – and this collaboration is a wonderful mix of provenance, beauty and timeless design.”

    A Rum Fellow’s creative director Caroline Lindsell says: “Having our textiles adorning Tom Raffield’s beautiful furniture is a dreamy collaboration. The designs and making process have an integrity that really chimes with what we do at A Rum Fellow, fusing old craft traditions with a fresh perspective. A perfect combination.”

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    The collection is exclusively available online from Tom Raffield. It includes three beautifully bold pieces which are playful new updates on the Tom Raffield Arbor Armchair, Arbor Dining Chair and Upholstered Crib Bench; each individually handcrafted by the Tom Raffield studio in Cornwall using sustainably sourced oak.

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    Tom Raffled x A Rum Fellow - Arbor Dining Chair 

    The collaboration will be showcased alongside new pieces from the Tom Raffield New Collection 17/18 of furniture and lighting at its first pop-up store in London at 67 York Street, Marylebone, between 16- 23 September coinciding with London Design Festival.

    The A Rum Fellow x Tom Raffield collaboration has also been selected to feature alongside a selection of other Tom Raffield pieces at Heal’s Best of British Design event at its flagship Tottenham Court Road store in London between 31 July - 28 August 2017. Founder Tom Raffield will be in conversation with interiors journalist Jenny Coad as part of the event on Thursday 24 August -  you can buy tickets here. 

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  • House & Garden - Designer Profile

    Posted on 26/04/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    We are thrilled to be featured in House & Garden magazine this month. The interview by David Nicholls cover our journey from the beginning and touches on our ethical values and design process.

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  • Go Design Go INTERVIEW: A Rum Fellow x Pollack Collaboration

    Posted on 10/03/2017 by A Rum Fellow

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    Weaving Across The Pond: A Rum Fellow Discusses New Collection With Pollack 

    Fabric houses and furniture manufacturers produce beautiful products time and time again with the help of their in-house design teams, but when outside talent is commissioned, an interesting collaboration is guaranteed. New this spring is a joint effort between New York City–based textile company Pollack and London design studio A Rum Fellow. Despite being an ocean apart, the two teams joined forces to produce a bold indoor/outdoor collection in five patterns and 25 colorways.GDG got the chance to speak with A Rum Fellow co-founder Dylan O’Shea about pulling inspiration from Mayan heritage and what it was like to collaborate with Pollack.Go Design Go: What is it about Mayan heritage that draws you in most?


    Dylan O’Shea: Our design style is vibrant color and bold pattern, and we’re really interested in heritage weaving techniques, so we were naturally drawn to Maya textile culture. We find it so inspiring to explore a country where indigenous traditions and dress are still such a current part of society. There is an incredible energy there, as you are surrounded by vibrant color and pattern.

    GDG: For this collection, where did your inspiration come from specifically?
    DO: The collection takes reference from the artisan textiles we design for our own collections, the intricate patterns of our brocade textiles that are simultaneously handwoven and embroidered. We specialize in handwoven textiles that are suitable for indoor use only, and so having the opportunity to translate our designs into durable outdoor fabrics was very exciting.

    GDG: Describe the process that went into these ideas becoming completed textiles.
    DO: It was important to [A Rum Fellow co-founder and creative director] Caroline Lindsell to translate her signature designs whilst also achieving textured fabrics in reference to the tactile qualities of A Rum Fellow’s artisan textiles. [Pollack design director] Rachel [Doriss]’s incredible knowledge of mills around the world allowed them to achieve this while still maintaining the technical properties.

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    GDG: How did this collaboration with Pollack come about?
    DO: In 2015, we met Rachel and [Pollack VP of sales] Brad [Bloom] at the Decorex trade show during London Design Festival. We were bowled over by their passion and enthusiasm, and we were thrilled when they asked if we’d like to collaborate. A few months later, they came to our studio in London to finalize the designs for the collection, and for the final stage, we met in New York City at Pollack’s headquarters to decide upon the colors.

    GDG: What is your favorite pattern in the collection?
    DO: It’s got to be Tacana (2427). It is the signature design of the collection and really imbues the vibrant energy of Maya weaving in a contemporary style.

    GDG: How was working with Pollack? What was your favorite part?
    DO: They really are the most wonderful people! Personally and professionally, it has been a real pleasure to collaborate with all of Pollack. Rachel and her design team, [Pollack co-founder] Susan Sullivan and Brad have all been so inspiring, positive and also fun to work with. Through the collaboration, we’ve also learned a huge amount about different contemporary weaving techniques.

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  • Happy International Women's Day!

    Posted on 08/03/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    Happy International Women's Day!!! Love this shot of our amazing weavers laughing, giggling and full of pride as we show them on the iPad all the wonderful furniture & accessories we make with their brocade textiles. Each lady can recognise their own weaving handwriting and gets super excited and animated when they spot theirs on a chair or in a room. These ladies are some of the most highly skilled textile artists in the world and we salute them! 

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  • Design News: A Rum Fellow x Pollack Indoor|Outdoor Fabric Collection

    Posted on 02/03/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    We have designed a collection of Indoor|Outdoor fabrics for luxury New York textile house Pollack. After meeting at London Design Festival 2015 we were struck by their passion and enthusiasm and we're really excited when they asked us to design a collection for them. We jumped at the opportunity to translate our vibrant weaves into high-performance fabrics suitable for outdoor use, something impossible to achieve by traditional weaving and natural fibres.

    Pattern and colour animate this new indoor/outdoor line, celebrating intricate geometric motifs and joyful hues, whilst the fabrics have the durability and versatility that befits a modern lifestyle. The textiles are available in five patterns and 25 vibrant colorways. The collection is available from Altfield in the UK and Pollack in the USA.

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  • ARF x Pollack Collection - The Design Process Behind the Scenes

    Posted on 22/02/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    As our collaboration with luxury New York textile studio Pollack is set to have its official launch tomorrow we thought we'd share some pictures of the design process and how it developed. We met Rachel and Brad (Design & Sales vice presidents respectively) at Decorex during London Design Festival in 2015.  We were bowled over by their passion and enthusiasm, the designs and attention to detail in their collections, and so we were thrilled when they invited us to collaborate with Pollack. We decided upon a range of outdoor fabrics, something impossible to achieve by our normal artisanal methods, so it was a great opportunity to realise the A Rum Fellow design style in beautiful and hard waring woven fabrics. The design process brought the Pollack team to London, and then for the final colour selection we went to their NY head offices. Working with Pollack has been inspiring, interesting and a whole lot of fun.

    This new indoor/outdoor line celebrates intricate geometric motifs and joyful colors, and imbues the fabrics with the durability and versatility that befits a modern lifestyle. The textiles are available in five patterns and 25 festive colourways. Available from Altfield in UK, and Pollack in the USA. 

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