Alan Flannery Furniture Design

Website detailing the bespoke furniture design and making business of Alan Flannery, Bristol, UK

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2018

The celebration of craftsmanship and design returns to Cheltenham again this year for its 24th instalment. This is the largest exhibition of contemporary designer maker furniture is the UK runs from the 18th to 27th August 2018 in the Thirlestaine Long gallery at Cheltenham college.

The show brings together 70 of the best designer makers of bespoke furniture in the country which is complimented by craftspeople who work in other disciplines such as ceramics, jewellery and glass.

Exhibits are carefully curated within the impressive buildings of Cheltenham college offering visitors the opportunity to view over 200 pieces from makers in the UK, Ireland and even further afield.  Each year, exhibitors only present work which is new to the exhibition ensuring that the show offers a different experience each year.

The Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design also offers visitors the chance to meet and chat with the makers, to find out more about them and their practice. It also enables them to learn first hand about pieces they may be interested in purchasing or about the commissioning process 

 

I am very happy to be exhibitions at the show again this year as I have done each year since establishing my practice. Exhibiting at the show is a yearly goal to aspire towards, enabling me to design and create three new pieces.

 For me personally it is a highlight of the working year for a number of reasons. It is always very enjoyable to catch up with fellow makers and see what new creations they have been working on. It is also an excellent opportunity to chat with visitors, to discuss the work on display and to gain feedback about my own pieces.

 Fleure Side Table in Oak will be on display at this years Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

Fleure Side Table in Oak will be on display at this years Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

This year I will be exhibiting the following pieces:

Fleure Side Table

A single-legged side table created from European Oak. Supported by its waterfall inspired leg this piece reflects the erosive properties of flowing water and its ability to shape our landscape. (shown above)

Amplex Chair

A lounge chair created from European Oak with an ebonised finish clad with a grey leather seat and backrest. Designed with the intention of catching the users eye, inviting  them to sit, relax and enjoy their surroundings.

Eala Lamp

Mid Century Modern in style, this table lamp takes its name from the Irish word for swan in reference to its avian aesthetic. It is created from European Oak with an ebonised finish adorned with a turned Oak lampshade. The lampshade is finished on its internal face with gilded copper providing a warm glowing reflection.

Retrospect Side-tables in Walnut

One of the latest pieces we have created which have been on display this summer at New Designers One Year On and at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham is the Retrospect Side-Table. This side-table, the second instalment in the Retrospect series of furniture is inspired by Scandinavian mid-century design. It pays particular homage to atomic age design of the 1960's and 1970's.

A playful piece with a dynamic aesthetic, its design with a main “body” supported by four curved legs aims to give the impression that the piece has the ability to move or may just have been moving before being viewed.

 Retrospect Side-Tables

Retrospect Side-Tables

It is also intended to be a utilitarian and versatile piece that can be used in various rooms within a building. It is as well suited for use as a bedside table as an occasional table in a lounge or sitting room.

 Corner Detail of the mitre joint reinforced with splines.

Corner Detail of the mitre joint reinforced with splines.

The storage box that acts as the main body of the piece is created from solid American Black walnut. Mitre joints on the corners give the piece a clean, crisp and simplistic appearance which is accented with Ash splines which are not just decorative but also perform the function of locking the joint together.

This box is open at both ends allowing items stored within to be accessed easily from either side and are seen more easily as they illuminated by the light which is allowed to pass through.

CCD Selection @ Craft Central 16th - 20th May 2017

I am delighted to be be a part of of the CCD Selection @ Craft Central which runs from Tuesday to Sunday of next week. The exhibition is a pre-cursor to its big sister, the celebration of craftsmanship and design that will take place again this year at the Thirlestaine Long Gallery in Cheltenham from 19th - 28th August. 

This weeks exhibition previews the Cheltenham show by including the work of 22 craftspeople from around the country. I am looking forward to the show not only as an exhibitor but also as a viewer in anticipation of what the other craftspeople will have created. the show consists predominantly of furniture but includes other disciplines also such as jewellery and ceramics.

 Click on image for more information on the exhibition

Click on image for more information on the exhibition

The pieces on display are all for sale at the show and it gets underway on Tuesday 16th with a "meet the maker" event from 3 to 7 pm where all the craftspeople will be on hand for a chat. the exhibition runs through until Saturday and is open from noon until 7 pm each day. It is held at Craft Central, 31-35 St Johns Square, Clerkenwell London, EC1M 4DS. 

 

At the show I will be a set of two side tables and a mirror which are the second and third instalments in the retrospect series of furniture pieces. They are created from American Black walnut and are inspired by the atomic style of furniture and design from the middle of the last century. The image below gives a little preview of the style of the pieces.

 Retrospect side-table under construction

Retrospect side-table under construction

Alan Flannery Furniture Design on Hand-picked.co.uk

We are very pleased and excited to announce that a select range of our products have been chosen to appear on the Hand-picked website www.hand-picked.co.uk.

Handpicked is a boutique online store, selling the finest in homeware, furniture and accessories which have been hand-selected by the website’s creators. An approach which brings together interesting pieces for your home in one place.

Hand-picked is an exciting brand new venture and we wish Inessa and the team the very best of luck with it. Clicking on the image below will lead you to the site to have a browse for yourself.

 

Our bespoke coffee tables Tephra, Prism and Fleure were selected and can be purchased through the website. https://www.hand-picked.co.uk/collections/furniture

 

As with any of our products these coffee tables are manufactured to order and can be individualised to suit your taste. To find out more about our bespoke commissioning service click on the image below.

House Beautiful March 2017

 House Beautiful Magazine Cover March 2017

House Beautiful Magazine Cover March 2017

The March issue of House Beautiful Magazine is now on sale and we are delighted that our Retrospect sideboard has been included in the "New Seasons Trends" advertorial which can be viewed in the image below.

It is exciting to see one of our products among such a lovely array of household products. We especially love the animal print collection from www.giraffesandunicorns.co.uk. 

The sideboard which is featured is created from solid walnut and features a bank of drawers which have been created using traditional hand-cut dovetail joints. It also features red trim between the cabinets and on the cabinet and drawer interiors. 2017 will see the retrospect range expand with sideboards made from different species of wood and with different coloured trim. It is also our aim to create Retrospect entirely from Birch Plywood which we feel will really compliment its Scandinavian aesthetic. This version will sit at the other end of the cost scale from our walnut version meaning that a clients can tailor their sideboard to suit their budget without compromising on style or on quality.

As with any of our products Retrospect are manufactured to order and for this reason each sideboard can be as individual as those who will use it for years to come. To find out more about our bespoke commissioning service click on the image below. 

As seen in GQ Magazine November 2016: Retrospect sideboard

 Retrospect Sideboard can be seen in this months GQ magazine

Retrospect Sideboard can be seen in this months GQ magazine

Should you browse through this months GQ magazine keep an eye out for Retrospect Sideboard. Since been exhibited first at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design in August 2016 the sideboard has received lots of interest. Orders are being taken at present for the limited edition run of 50 pieces. Clients can customise their sideboards by specifying the species of wood and contrast colour they desire. Click on the image below for further details

 Retrospect Sideboard in Walnut

Retrospect Sideboard in Walnut