Cornish craftsmanship toasted at summer party
Interior designers, hoteliers and architects from across the West Country recently joined us for a special party to celebrate Cornish craftsmanship. We teamed up with leading lighting and furniture designer, Tom Raffield, to toast Cornwall’s rich cultural traditions and diverse artisanal skills.
The impressive loft space above our foundry, in Par’s historic railway roundhouse, was an ideal backdrop for us to showcase a selection of our traditional hand cast beds, complemented by several pieces from Tom’s extensive collection.
Guests were treated to a tour of the foundry, giving them the chance to see first hand the entire manufacturing process. It’s one of the last in the country to make custom beds in this way, flying the flag for sustainability and creating sought after pieces of furniture which stand the test of time.
“We’re proud of our reputation for hand-crafting beautifully finished beds here in the heart of Cornwall, so it’s great to be able to share our work with some of the best interior designers, hoteliers and architects from around the region,” said director, Garry Smith.
“This event has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase the unique skills of our talented team.”
Based in a woodland workshop in the Trevarno Valley in West Cornwall, Tom Raffield designs and handcrafts a range of contemporary furniture and lighting using the age-old method of steam bending wood.
As well as boasting an impressive domestic order book, he enjoys a global platform, taking on special commissions for restaurants, hotels and residential projects across the world.
“It’s a special thing to meet like-minded companies like The Cornish Bed Company, whose ethics match our own and who combine traditional techniques with modern design thinking,” said Tom.
“The evening was a huge success. We enjoyed sharing our story as well as celebrating the talents and craftsmanship of our fantastic team.”