BRAND TO KNOW HAMPSON WOODS
The most fortunate of London’s ‘fallen giants’ – city trees that arborists decide require felling – make their way into the hands of cabinetmaker Jonty Hampson, who founded contemporary carpentry brand Hampson Woods in 2010. Its chopping boards, now stocked by the likes of Fortnum & Mason and John Lewis, ought to be high on any wood-lover’s wishlist. Hampson can be commissioned to make bespoke furniture, as well as selling smaller items off the peg from his website, such as porridge spoons ( below; £14.50 each) and tealight holders. Serving boards ( below; from £40 each) are made in sycamore or ash – Hampson’s favourite wood to work with thanks to its ‘ buttery’ texture. The brand’s tactile pieces are designed by Hampson’s business partner and friend Sascha Gravenstein – a fine artist and product designer – then handcarved and finished in the duo’s Hackney workshop. What’s next? ‘I’m returning to my roots,’ Hampson says. ‘Setting up a new studio in an old barn in the Lake District.’ Watch this space (hampsonwoods.com).