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Object of Desire: Bentwood Hanging Planters from UK Designer Tom Raffield

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Object of Desire: Bentwood Hanging Planters from UK Designer Tom Raffield

September 25, 2019

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a manor kitchen in the English countryside for Remodelista. What I loved about the space was its knack for looking both classic and fresh. The cabinets and decor fit in with the centuries-old architectural details, yet they also felt very much of the moment. And nothing was more emblematic of this “new classics” approach than the lovely hanging planters in the room.

I first spied the Tom Raffield-designed planter while writing this story: Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life. Photograph courtesy of deVOL.
Above: I first spied the Tom Raffield-designed planter while writing this story: Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life. Photograph courtesy of deVOL.

Turns out the hanging bentwood planters—modern in design, traditional in purpose—are by UK furniture designer and artist Tom Raffield. I was familiar with his wonderfully poetic wooden pendant lights, but I had no idea that his studio creates so much more than just lighting. It also makes furniture, storage pieces, and, of course, these gorgeous planters—all featuring Raffield’s trademark steam-bent wood design.

Have a look.

Raffield became enamored with steam bending while studying 3D Sustainability and Design at Falmouth College of Arts.
Above: Raffield became enamored with steam bending while studying 3D Sustainability and Design at Falmouth College of Arts.
His Morvah Wall Hanging Planters are fabricated from sustainably sourced oak; £5.
Above: His Morvah Wall Hanging Planters are fabricated from sustainably sourced oak; £275.
Everything is hand-made (no production lines), and no toxic glues are used.
Above: Everything is hand-made (no production lines), and no toxic glues are used.
The Morvah Hanging Ceiling Planter is $£5.
Above: The Morvah Hanging Ceiling Planter is $£195.

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