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  • Design News: Tom Raffield x A Rum Fellow Collaboration

    Posted on 08/08/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    A Rum Fellow | Latest Design News

    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

    Tom Raffled x A Rum Fellow - Crib Bench

    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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    Tom Raffled x A Rum Fellow - Arbor Armchair 

    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.


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

    Posted on 10/03/2017 by A Rum Fellow

    A Rum Fellow | Designer Interview

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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.

    a rum fellow x pollack Left to right: Dylan, Caroline and Rachel; Caroline in the A Rum Fellow studio


    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.

    A Rum Fellow Tacana Seating Tacana Seating


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