The light­ing and fur­ni­ture de­signer shares his new-found pas­sion for colour with So­phie Hannam

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Prod­uct de­signer Tom Ra eld talks about his his­toric home and bur­geon­ing love of colour

A!er discovering the art of steam bend­ing at uni­ver­sity, Tom Ra"eld has been an in­te­ri­ors fron­trun­ner, cra!ing in­ge­nious wooden fur­ni­ture from his Cor­nish stu­dio. And, back in 2014, he chose to ren­o­vate his 19th­cen­tury fam­ily co#age with a shapely steam-bent ex­ten­sion, which was cap­tured by Chan­nel 4’s Grand De­signs. Here, we chat through all that’s unique about his ex­tra­or­di­nary home and new range of prod­ucts.

The old­est thing in my home

is ei­ther the mid-cen­tury side­board in our lounge, or some of the il­lus­trated gar­den­ing books that we have in the orig­i­nal part of the house [which Tom shares with his wife Danie and their three chil­dren]. They were passed down to us through the fam­ily, but some were first pub­lished in the early 1900s.

I’ve never bought a piece of fur­ni­ture, which I know sounds a bit ridicu­lous. I made all of the fur­ni­ture in our house as a way to ex­per­i­ment with new de­signs. Non-wood items, like our leather sofa, were hand-me-downs.

The new­est thing in my home is a Mer­ryn !oor­stand­ing planter – part of our new Green Range that launched in May. We’ve got a huge agave suc­cu­lent in it, which looks great in the liv­ing

room. It’s a good talk­ing point. At the top of my in­te­ri­ors wish­list is a coloured in­te­rior

wall. All of the walls in our house are ei­ther wooden or white, and I’m crav­ing a pop of colour. At the mo­ment, I love Inchyra Blue by Far­row & Ball.

I love my home for the unique way that it in­te­grates old and new. Although I love the steam-bent ex­ten­sion, it’s the old house that has the magic for me. The es­tate dates all the way back to the 13th cen­tury, but there’s li"le known about our game­keeper’s co"age. We think it’s one of the ear­lier prop­er­ties built on the es­tate. If my home were on re, I would

save all of the pro­to­type lights that are cur­rently in our liv­ing room. They are for our next prod­uct launch – The Mo­dum Range. I’m not sure what I would do if I lost them.

My home is in­spired by Scan­di­na­vian de­sign trends. Danie and I like a sim­plis­tic look, but one that feels lived in and homely… it’s kind of im­pos­si­ble to have a min­i­mal home with three young chil­dren!

I ad­mire so many other mak­ers and de­sign­ers. There is such a thriv­ing cre­ative scene here in Corn­wall, and we use lo­cal tal­ent and sup­pli­ers wher­ever pos­si­ble. I also love the work of For­est + Found, Tom Dixon and Zaha Ha­did.

I wish I could throw po"ery. I’ve tried a few times at a class with a lo­cal ce­ram­i­cist and I found it in­cred­i­bly di #cult – it’s a skill I would love to have. It would be so sat­is­fy­ing to make my own dinner plates and cups. One day!

On a free day, you’ll nd me with Danie and the kids. We are out­side as much as pos­si­ble, ei­ther en­joy­ing our wood­land or by the sea. The land and seascape in Corn­wall is so in­spir­ing, it’s why we love liv­ing and work­ing here so much. tomra

ABOVE Tom’s home deftly blends old with new. LEFT The paint shade Tom is cov­et­ing is Inchyra Blue from Far­row & Ball (£ 45 for 2.5l). His Mer­ryn floor­stand­ing planter (from £695) makes a state­ment.

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