DESIGN NEWS: TOM RAFFIELD X A RUM FELLOW COLLABORATION
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.
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.”
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.
￼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.