Tennant & Tennant

Bronze Hawthorn Console Table by Tennant & Tennant

We are spellbound by the way that Isabel and Stella transform natural, found and sculptural objects into spectacular, gilded furniture and furnishings.

Sisters, Isabel and Stella, share a studio in Scotland where they apply their decorative vocabulary to objects that include tree branches, seed heads, twigs, animal skulls and shells, transforming them into tables, lamps, mirrors, chandeliers, decorative panels and enchanting collectibles. Stella sculpts using traditional gesso (rabbit-skin glue mixed with chalk dust), with an average of seven coats needed before 18-24 carat gold leaf can be applied. Isabel then adds the Midas touch through the use of both water gilding and oil gilding. These traditional techniques have not changed for hundreds of years and are identical to those used by Renaissance artists and craftsmen.

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Small Square Dome With Butterflies by Tennant & Tennant

Small Square Dome With Butterflies

Large Square Dome With Butterflies by Tennant & Tennant

Large Square Dome With Butterflies

Sycamore & Hummingbird Dome by Tennant & Tennant

Sycamore & Hummingbird Dome

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Isabel and Stella Tennant grew up on a farm in the Scottish Borders, an area where they both live with their own families today. They also share a studio space in Edinburgh. Isabel trained as a gilder and decorative artist at City and Guilds Art School, London. Stella went to Winchester College of Art where she specialised in sculpture.

Together they create wonderful furniture, lighting and objets. As well as being fascinated by the natural world, with many of their designs inspired by insects and plants, Isabel and Stella find inspiration in such diverse sources as Japanese geometric patterns, a favourite childhood book called ‘A Book Of Beetles’, vintage linen and attic sales.

Edinburgh is also where the Powderhall foundry is located, with whom they collaborate on large scale projects, such as bronze dining and console tables.

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