WINNER CRAFT FOREST + FOUND
This duo impressed us with their respect for natural materials and modern-rustic aesthetic
East London-based studio Forest + Found is a partnership between Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth, who specialise in hand-carved wooden products and naturally dyed, hand-stitched quilts. ‘At the heart of everything we do is our relationship with each other and our practice,’ says Abigail.
But it’s their connection to the woodlands – they work with the City of London Forestry Commission to source sustainable timber from Epping Forest – and a commitment to traditional craft techniques using hand tools that sets them apart.
‘There is an inherent beauty in natural materials,’ says Abigail. ‘Our dyes come from natural tannins in wood and produce an aged colour palette of soft browns and pale greys. By hand-stitching our textiles, the material takes on a texture that can’t be reproduced on a machine. We want our products to feel as if they have existed for a hundred years.’
The duo’s collection, which includes large wooden vessels, utensils and contemporary quilts, is inspired by research into craft cultures worldwide and through history. ‘ We are interested in the rituals that surround objects’ use,’ says Abigail.
Describing themselves as ‘ humbled’ by the ELLE Decoration British Design Award, they have plans for a public art commission next, so it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of Forest + Found (@forestandfound; forest-and-found.com). ➤