Tom Raffield

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Tom Raffield is an artist and designer maker who works with wood using the method of steam bending. He has created a furniture and lighting range by steam bending a variety of woods, chiefly temperate hardwoods including ash, oak and walnut.


Tom Raffield grew up in Exmoor, England - where the natural environment stimulated his imagination, and fed into his future designs.[1] Raffield’s fascination with the traditional practice of steam bending[2] began whilst studying at Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University), where he discovered the traditional technique of using a chamber wouldn’t allow him to create the complex 3D bends he had envisaged. Years of research and experimentation allowed him to develop a new steaming method to turn his design visions into reality and create furniture designs such as the Chaise Longue, Arc Chair [3] and Loop Chair and Lights including the Pendant Number 1, Cage Light[4] and Butterfly Pendant which typically come in a choice of ash, oak or walnut.


Raffield was co-founder of the award-winning collective design company Sixixis,[5] recognised for unique aesthetic, forward-thinking designs and now, through his own company, Raffield continues to create modern, sculptural furniture and lighting.[6]


Winner of the Lighting Design Association’s Lighting Design Award 2011.[7]


  1. ^ Tregidden, Katie (2011). Interviews: Volume 1. Cornwall: pp. 86–89.
  2. ^ Various authors (1985). Fine Woodworking on Bending Wood. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press. ISBN 0-918804-29-9.
  3. ^ Tanner, Andrew (2010). Batch Craft, Design and Product. London: A&C Black. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-4081-1008-9.
  4. ^ Various authors (2010). Julius Wiedemann, ed. Product Design in the Sustainable Era. Hohenzollernring,Germany: Taschen. pp. 270–273. ISBN 978-3-8365-2093-5.
  5. ^ Norbury, Betty (2007). Bespoke: Source Book of Furniture Designer Makers. Carmarthenshire: Stobart Davies Ltd. p. 262. ISBN 978-0-85442-185-5.
  6. ^ Abrahams, Charlotte (8 May 2010). "Interiors: the Great Outdoors". Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  7. ^ Unknown author (17 Feb 2011). "Tom Raffield Wins Lighting Design Award". Daisy Green. Retrieved 29 May 2013.

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