Henry Swanzy’s modern masterpieces are natural wonders

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  • The British-born artisan proves that sustainable can be simply stunning

    Taking his inspiration from the natural British landscape and the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection, Henry Swanzy‘s new furniture collection is a breeze of originality. Designed and handcrafted in the UK, each piece demonstrates both startling creativity and a respect for sustainable materials.

    We can’t help but lust after the Merthen bookcase, £1,200, just the thing for working a subtle shot of woodland chic into an urban library. Crafted from natural hazel bark and FSC-certified birch ply, its contrasting textures and directions make it both devastatingly simple and really rather lovely.

    The statement-making Orinoco bench, meanwhile, hewn from Cornish oak beneath a polished stainless-steel frame, from £3,700, retains the natural contours of the wood and mimics the curves of the undulating South American river.

    Of the selection of stunning tables on offer, the highly polished Conker occasional table, £275, is a dream for autumn. With a sustainably sourced bamboo top and turned English ash legs, it is inspired by the warmth and shape of a freshly revealed conker.

    Henry says he strives ‘to create an authentic harmony between the natural beauty of the materials and modern design’ – with this unique collection, we think he’s pulled it off in spades.

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