Name to Know: Edward Collinson

We talk to the London-based creative as his first furniture range lands

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Edward Collinson

What’s your background? After a Fine Art Masters at Central Saint Martins, I worked as a sculptor before making furniture – my early work was utilitarian. In the end, furniture got the better of me and I set up the business three years ago.

Define your style… ‘Modern craft’, although there’s an element of the traditional. I’ve always been interested in the relationship between old and new.

What inspires you? How architecture interacts with light. American artist James Turrell uses light as though it’s a solid material – it’s a good way to understand it.

How would you describe your methods? I experiment with every piece, though I like treating wood and changing its appearance or structure by ebonising – a traditional way to darken wood with iron oxide – or fuming, which is how I get deep browns on my ‘Note’ table. Fuming is a difficult process but I love its unpredictability.

Do you have a favourite material? Wood! The more I use it, the more I realise its versatility. I’m also fascinated by timber products such as plywood and veneer.

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Edward Collinson's Three Oaks series

Tell us about your latest pieces... The ‘Three Oaks’ collection is made from trees felled at my North Yorkshire home – they have now been replaced with 21 saplings. I’m also working on a photographic book that tells the furniture’s story.

So far, what’s your greatest professional achievement? Joining The New Craftsmen, and the fact that my furniture is loved and treasured in people’s homes.

Where are you stocked? As well as The New Craftsmen, House of Grey in London, Garde in LA, St Vincent’s in Belgium and An Artful Life online.

What's next? Extending the ‘Three Oaks’ range and developing my kitchen furniture, all with a view to designing complete home interiors. edwardcollinson.co.uk

This feature appeared in ELLE Decoration October 2019

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