Tom is founder of Object Studio – a workshop for making, a laboratory for experimentation, and the meeting point of traditional craft with modern processes.
We are mesmerised by the way Tom manipulates timber and metals into sculptural organic forms, such as the ebonised ash Scarpa Desk, the Ripple table of American black walnut and the bronze Cone table with wenge top. The S Chair was one of his earliest designs, an exploration into flow inspired by the movement of the paintbrush, with the chair’s profile arising directly from the two-dimensional lines of calligraphy into a functional, three-dimensional form. This piece demonstrates the inspiration he takes from artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Similarly, the privately commissioned Scarpa Desk is heavily influenced by the designs of architect Carlos Scarpa, and is a companion to his own, highly sculptural Ribbon chair.