• Lyndal & Norio
  • Gleda & Eleanor
  • Aphelion
Working with Space Copenhagen, Hugh Miller and Byron & Gómez, we will introduce the Gleda Chair, Norio Coffee Table, Nishi Side Table, Eleanor Coffee Table and Aphelion Console alongside the Lyndal Sofa designed by Benchmark’s Sean Sutcliffe at Decorex in September 2017.

Staying true to our tradition of craft, combined with modern technology, each piece is handmade by our skilled craftsmen in our Dorset and Berkshire workshops. Designed with depth of meaning, a desire for simplicity and  the aspiration of function, each piece is made in a sustainable way using the best quality natural materials and traditional finishes delivering timeless furniture that has soul and integrity.

Gleda Chair by Space Copenhagen
The  Gleda Chair is offered with three different back heights, two choices of arms and without arms.  Visually light with spindle back, patinated brass rail and relaxed upholstery, the Gleda is made in solid oak available in three finishes - natural whitened oak, aged oak and ebonised oak. 

Aphelion Console and Eleanor Tables by Byron&Gómez
The Aphelion Console combines straight lines and gentle curves.  The interesting chamfer detail on the top and slatted shelf brings lightness and elegance.   Made from solid oak and available in a choice of oiled finishes - whitened oak or ebonized.  The Eleanor Coffee Table  has a generous top that shows off the beauty of the wood grain to full advantage.  Set on a frame of interlocking spindles the Eleanor is also offered as side table. Both options are made from solid oak with a natural whitened oil finish.

Lyndal Sofa by Sean Sutcliffe
Our new Lyndal Sofa is neat yet cosy with generous cushions and a high back for comfort. It is available in 2 seat and 3 seat options. 

Norio Coffee Table and Nishi Side Table by Hugh Miller
These Japanese inspired  tables have finely tapered tops that gives them a floating appearance. They, are made in elm with brass pins for richness and contrast. A textured underbelly, hand carved into each piece, invokes surprise in the observant viewer.

For Decorex 2017 we have again collaborated with Clayworks who share our passion for natural sustainable materials. Combining good looks with purpose, their clay plasters, which are available in an almost infinite range of naturally pigmented colours and textures, create beautiful and healthy spaces with minimal impact on the environment.  Clayworks have created a bespoke tinted plaster for our stand.

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About Benchmark: One of Great Britain’s most technologically advanced workshops, Benchmark are widely regarded as the UK’s powerhouse of craft, with an unrivalled depth of knowledge of wood.  The company has a 50 strong team in over 40,000 sq ft of workshops for timber milling, carpentry, veneering, spray shops, metalworking, and in-house upholstery, as well as design studio. Based on converted farm buildings in West Berkshire, and just an hour from London, visitors to the showroom are encouraged to tour the workshops and see the processes from tree to finished piece.
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About Space Copenhagen:  Space Copenhagen, established in 2005 by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, is known for defying habits and employing a sincere personal vision to their design.  Their interior design projects include some of the world’s most influential restaurants such as the world’s best restaurant NOMA, Geranium, owned by Bóchuse D’or winner Rasmus Kofoed and newcomer Geist, run by Michelin star chef Bo Bech,  as well as the acclaimed New York hotel, 11 Howard.

About Byron&Gómez: The partnership of Charles and María, two dedicated, young designer-makers who share a passion for contemporary design and traditional craft. They believe that by combining timeless design with resilient construction their work can achieve sustainability through longevity.  Striving to create work that is bold yet understated, they have earned a Bespoke Guild-Mark in the first year of their practice.

About Hugh Miller:  From his studio in Liverpool, Hugh Miller designs contemporary furniture in wood, Japanese bamboo, and brass.   His work is based on a set of design principles, developed during his Churchill Research Fellowship in Japan in 2015.  The first principle is ‘An Absence of Noise’ where extraneous details are removed delivering a quietness of articulation. The second principle is ‘A Search for Lightness’ in both materials and form. The final principle is ‘A Contribution to Harmony’ which means that the piece should not demand attention but quietly await inspection and reward the observant viewer with previously unseen detail.  Hugh used the everyday ceremonies of life in Japan as inspiration for ‘The Coffee Ceremony’ which was selected for the Craft Council’s flagship showcase, Collect Open, at the Saatchi Gallery in February 2017.
About Sean Sutcliffe: Co-founder and MD of Benchmark, Sean trained as a designer and furniture maker at Parnham College before starting the small studio workshop from which Benchmark has grown. Sean designs furniture that has simplicity and elegance. A craftsman to his heart, he draws on both the best traditions of making and modern technologies, seeking to give functional furniture both grace and harmony.

About Clayworks:  Clayworks is a British, multi award winning manufacturer of natural, unfired clay plasters for interior walls and ceilings. With an almost infinite range of naturally pigmented colours and textures available, Clayworks have created breath-taking finishes for designers and brand owners around the world. These include Nandos, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, The Lakes by Yoo and Jason Atherton.  Thanks to the impact of modern scientific knowledge, innovation and testing facilities, Clayworks have re-examined clay and developed a ready-made clay plaster that has proven to be high performance, 100% natural and toxin free, easy to use, robust, long lasting and with unique aesthetic possibilities.