British designer Liam Treanor has expanded his collection of handcrafted wood furniture to include shelves, a side table and a pendant light. The Grafton Shelving Unit displays the designer’s characteristic restrained aesthetic, with five shelves spaced at diminishing intervals as they near the top of the unit. The shelving is supported by cylindrical posts that angle inwards to make a design feature at the back.
Treanor’s focus on craftsmanship continues with the tripodal Lowick Side Table. It features hand-turned legs that meet the table’s surface with pinpoint accuracy, which the designer says “comes with the understanding of wood as a material”. The final piece in the new collection, which was unveiled at Clerkenwell Design Week last month, is the Newton Pendant Lamp. Combining a sateened brass spun central element encircled by a 40-centimetre wooden disc, the pendant is designed to hold a large, decorative light bulb.
As with all of Treanor’s designs, the pieces are manufactured in the UK using high-grade, sustainably sourced FSC certified timber. They are available in ash, oak, walnut or black stained ash finishes. “I initially trained as a fine furniture and cabinet maker and therefore high-quality production has always been a given with my pieces,” said Treanor. “Look at the number of components and the processes used to produce them – these are not overcomplicated yet have their own special appeal.”
The furniture design industry is currently experiencing a revival of craft and traditional making methods. One of the leading figures in the movement has been Sebastian Cox, whose work has included an “urban rustic” kitchen featuring rough-sawn timber, and a series of weaved products that aimed to revive the historical craft of swilling.