Hampson Woods

It was a job designing and building the interior of the E5 Bakehouse in Hackney, in 2012, that first led to Jonty Hampson making wooden chopping boards. “I incorporated London plane timber into their worktops and there was some left so I used it to make serving boards,” he recalls. “I’d always had in my head that I wanted to get affordable craft pieces on to the shop shelves and into people’s homes. The boards were a way to do that.” These days the boards, which are hand-carved from a single piece of plane, ash, sycamore or elm in his Cumbria workshop, are sold in the Conran Shop and John Lewis. Each comes with a label detailing the wood’s provenance. “It’s something I’ve always insisted on; the timber is sourced from small, independent merchants, many of whom have a woodland management connection, so I can pinpoint exactly where the trees are from.” Hampson also makes spoons and racks, and has plans to collaborate with a knife-maker

John Eadon

“The Windsor chair is the epitome of good design,” says self-taught Warwickshire-based woodworker John Eadon of the chair which inspired his debut collection of furniture. “I love the way the light goes through the spindles; that play on positive and negative space.” Eadon, a fine art graduate from Norwich School of Art and Design (now Norwich University of the Arts), has done stints as a theatre set-builder and doing joinery work for English Heritage. He moved back to his family farm four years ago to concentrate on furniture commissions full-time, and his Mima range launched at London Design Week last September. It includes a record table, side table, plant stand, candle holders and shelving, and is a result of “needing to get back to the creative side of things”. Each piece features round-tenoned wooden spindles. “I wanted to push myself to make a series of furniture which is linked together by the same techniques and processes. The one thing I haven’t made yet is a chair.”