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Introducing Tom Cooper

With the launch of our Autumn exhibition came the introduction of a brand new furniture maker to the gallery.  Edinburgh based Tom Cooper is fast becoming very much in demand, but we are lucky enough to have some of his furniture in the gallery along with some of his turned bowls. His work is attracting so much positive attention, being recognised as being of the highest quality, each piece being a beautiful work of art in its own right.

Tom Cooper studied furniture design at Edinburgh Art College in 1997. After graduating with a BA honours in 2001 and a period of working at Edinburgh’s Lawson’s Timber yard, he set up his own furniture making business, establishing a workshop in the beautiful grounds of Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith, just outside Edinburgh.

Since then his business has gone from strength to strength, establishing an extensive portfolio of work and developing a beautifully elegant style of furniture that has attracted many notable clients, including: The Royal College of Surgeons; Dunfermline Abbey; the daughter-in-law of Scottish colourist, Samuel Peploe; Innis and Gunn brewery; and Edinburgh’s Lord Provost.

Tom’s approach to furniture designing and making is quite specific, since for him, each example is not merely a functional object, but also as stylish, beautiful sculpture.

In his own words…

“Designing and making furniture to me is not only about fulfilling a practical need, but is also about an artistic and aesthetic expression.

I see bespoke furniture as useful, usable sculpture which enriches people’s homes and lives, with the added bonus of serving a function. It encourages feelings of comfort, ergonomic satisfaction and tactile enjoyment and warmth, just from touching the beautiful Scottish woods that I use.

I’m completely inspired by the combination of the grain and patterns in these woods, along with the shapes and forms found in nature. I love to incorporate flowing organic lines, highlighted with original design details.

The challenge comes from marrying these fluid shapes with a consideration for practical purpose. The furniture has to be both aesthetically appealing and a pleasure to use, and that comes from meticulous attention to detail and continual efforts to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship and quality in construction.”

To view the work we have in the gallery, please follow this link

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