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Peter Lanyon

  • Furniture maker
  • Newton Ferrers, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Peter Lanyon Furniture maker
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Natural shapes and curves

  • • Peter loves the unique aesthetics of green wood furniture
  • • He sources coppiced wood from a local forest
  • • He uses a slow methodology and low energy technology

Peter Lanyon is an award-winning furniture maker, renowned for his breathtakingly beautiful creations made using sustainable, home-grown British hardwood. It all started when Peter spent a week with master chair maker Mike Abbot and he found the process of making a chair from a tree utterly absorbing and satisfying. “There were no ear defenders, no machines or dust, no goggles. Just birdsongs and the sound of sharp tools cutting through fresh green wood," he explains. There he also realised that what he wanted to do was to push the boundaries of green woodworking. “Not making rustic chairs and stools but developing a new language of furniture by combining the freshness and intuitive nature of working wet wood with the precision and versatility of “dry” woodworking," was a decision that changed his life.

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Forest Lamp

The Forest Lamp is made of sweet chestnut. The seven stems are cleaved out from carefully selected logs, and shaped by hand in Peter’s workshop using traditional tools and techniques. This delicate process allows the wood to follow its own grain, and speak from its heart. The shades are made from natural wood veneers, which are bonded onto cloth to give them the necessary strength.

Length 100 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 184 cm

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Scritti Desk

The tactile edges of this desk, combined with the hand-split and shaved legs make for a stunning sculptural yet practical piece of furniture. Dovetail drawer details, gentle curves, and domed legs which are set right on the corner of the piece add to the unique qualities of this brown oak and ash desk. It is handmade from locally and sustainably sourced native brown oak, coppiced ash, with ripple ash aprons and drawer front and finished with a blend of natural oils for a satin finish.

Length 135 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 76 cm

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Salix Chair

An elegant, light, yet supremely comfortable chair using the properties of steam bent ash and willow. The backrest and arms are split from a straight and knot-free piece of English ash, carefully shaped and smoothed using traditional tools such as the draw knife and spokeshave. The part-finished component is then steamed for over an hour, making it pliable.

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Trefoil Tables

More a piece of art than just a table. This stunning sculptural table comes in a variety of woods, and three different sizes. The toughened glass circular top is held in place by the natural tension in the steam bent and twisted legs. These tables are available in small, medium or large sizes, and a dining size table is under development.

Length 43 cm
Width 43 cm
Height 50 cm
Length 61 cm
Width 61 cm
Height 50 cm

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