Originally from Dorset, Anna Wiscombe moved to London to pursue her business in making wooden objects. The designer works with a range of wood – including oak, beech and birch plywood – to her pieces. These include decorative flowers, which the designer is known for, jewellery and ornaments. Still, Wiscombe doesn’t forget her roots, drawing inspiration from the Dorset countryside. Where possible, the designer ensures her wood is sustainably sourced.
Austrian-born designer Alexander Mueller set up his London studio in 2013, offering a range of expertly crafted furniture and lighting. Mueller’s designs include a maple wood side-table decorated with burn marks; wooded-framed chairs, which use woven cords to create geometric patterns; and a monochrome-coloured dining table made from ash. The studio also offers bespoke furniture commissions.
Mexican-born Ana Jiménez Palomar uses distinctive shapes and bold colours in her designs, specialising in furniture. Her pieces have included a stool with a woven orange extension cord used to make the seat; a coat hanging unit inspired by electrical plugs; and handprinted wooden jewellery. Palomar also makes storage units and wardrobes. She has had stalls at exhibitions across the world, including the UK, Mexico, China, Sweden, America and Italy.
Before Breakfast was founded in 2016 by designer Nicki Shen. Shen was inspired to set up the company when she began thinking about how to manage her time more effectively and set out to achieve something meaningful before breakfast on a daily basis. She creates everyday objects, from plant holders to cushions and geometric patterned trays. Her designs are printed using printed using soy-based inks and Riso printers.
Sevak Zargarian is a ceramic designer, who works from in garden studio at home. Zargarian uses interesting techniques and finished in his designs. His work has included a collection of kitchenware, including bowls and chopping boards, decorated with pieces of coloured porcelain. He has also created a series of jars made from coloured grog (fired ceramic pieces) – each vessel has its own unique pattern from the random placement of the clay during the making process.
This award-winning textile designer ingeniously designs using discarded fishing gear collected on the coasts of the UK and Puerto Rico. Her strong social conscience informs her design, and her work includes a wooden-framed chair with a seat woven from netting.