If you’ve visited the very pretty riverside town of Hereford recently, you might have noticed we’ve just opened a brand new shop there.
We love taking the time to make sure the interior design of all our shops is beautiful, with carefully considered features and special areas. For our Hereford shop, we wanted to do something a little different so we’ve teamed up with award winning Cornish craftsman, Tom Raffield. He’s a very talented woodwork designer who specialises in steam-bent wooden furniture and lighting pieces. We wanted to showcase some of Tom’s work by bringing his beautiful Cornish craftsmanship to Hereford.
Here at Seasalt, we’ve been big fans of Tom’s fantastic contemporary lighting and furniture for quite some time now, so when we launched our homeware collection last year, we knew exactly who to contact to create some really impressive pieces. His lovely chairs and tables sit proudly in our Seasalt shops and look great against our Cornish Home range. Every piece you see has been caringly handcrafted in his studios in Helston, here in Cornwall. The wood he uses is sustainably sourced and each piece is finished with an eco-friendly, non-toxic varnish.
It was while he studying at Falmouth College of Arts, just down the road from our Seasalt Design Studios, that Tom became fascinated with a woodwork technique called steam bending. It’s this technique that gives his work its distinctive bends and curves.
If you live in Hereford or you’re visiting during the summer, pop into our new shop to view Tom’s collection. Take the weight off your feet and try out the beautiful steam-bent upholstered armchair, stools and benches, rummage though our displays on the striking oak tables and peruse our clothes hung on Tom’s sturdy steam-bent oak rails.
To top it off, the shop’s been transformed by a very special lighting display, showcasing 18 of Tom’s designs suspended throughout.