August’s Journal: Finding inspiration in Wiltshire’s heritage
25th August 2020
This month, design is firmly on the agenda at Forest to Home. Our Co-Founder and Creative Director Sam Baker talks us through taking inspiration from Wiltshire’s rich history.
The pandemic rampages on across the world at large, but in our quiet corner of Wiltshire we’ve been doing our utmost to create a sense of normality for both our clients and our talented bunch of craftsmen. The entire Forest to Home team is now back in action at our workshop, and we’ve been doing one of the things we love best – pouring our creative talents into designing new collections.
Fortunately for us, our location in the heart of Wiltshire gives us an infinite source of incredible inspiration. Step inside Bradford-on-Avon’s incredible tithe barn for example. Dating back to 1330, its awe-inspiring timber roof stretches and curves for over 50 metres, supporting the thousands of limestone tiles above.
From medieval Lacock, with its timber-framed cottages and magnificent stone abbey, to honey-coloured Castle Combe village, we are surrounded by a rich heritage of craftmanship, spanning centuries. Like our solid timber furniture, these are beautifully sculpted structures, designed to stand the test of time.
So, how does our bucolic inspiration manifest in the workshop? We constantly share our visions and passion, with every member of the team eager to collaborate on ideas. Alongside a new range of chairs and stools, we are also now working on an impressive oak bed. With its tactile headboard and multiplicity of textures, it makes an elegantly bold statement.
Solid timber desks are at the forefront of our minds too. After all, with millions of us spending more time working from home and exotic holidays off the agenda, many of us are turning our attention to creating the perfect home office. As a result, we’re seeing a huge surge in demand for our bespoke desks, which range from a pale, seamless ash to a glorious golden oak.
Whether it’s a bed, desk or chair, our designs are much-loved for their clean lines. Yet our modern take on rustic simplicity completely belies how intricate they are to make. Carefully crafted by our talented team and inspired by Wiltshire’s rich legacy, when they leave our workshop we know they’ll be enjoyed for generations to come.