Deep in rural Dorset furniture designer Simon Pirie, trained sculptor and student of John Makepeace, spends his days with his close knit, dedicated team of makers creating beautiful bespoke furniture, united by their passion for wood.
This design and make workshop is rooted in the British Arts and Crafts movement and early modernism but is also influenced by his travels in Japan, his learning experience at Hooke Park and his formal art education. As a result the furniture he designs and produces can carry an intellectual concept married with a strong visual aesthetics with functionality and beauty built in.
Simon's approach to making lends itself to collaboration with art institutes, public art projects and the realm of architecture, all of which are areas of making he and the team are exploring more and more. The relationships between the natural environment, public space, art, philosophy and the technology of making with wood all combine to provide rich ground for creativity in this highly professional workshop.