Wednesday 26 September 2012

Beelzebub Cabinet

Over the past years I have been incorporating organic elements into his designs and contrasting them with linear shapes. This cabinet continues on with this theme. Featuring a wide spectrum of traditional and modern woodworking techniques, as well as the incorporation of metal.

The extruded marquetry of ‘THE FLY’ that appears on the front of the cabinet is constructed with anatomical accuracy. Giving the feeling that the giant fly could literally fly off the cabinet and circle you!

The construction of THE FLY has been an intimate journey - each piece of wood has been
painstakingly selected (Wenge & Sapele) for it’s grain and colour.  Then crafted by hand (wood turned, shaped and carved) individually and with extreme accuracy so that they fit perfectly with each other. The wings of the THE FLY were first carved from wood, then scanned and water jet cut from sheet aluminium. The whole fly sculpture then adorns the front of the cabinet.

The body of the Beelzebub cabinet is clad in copper sheet (utilising techniques we have developed and that were used in Elementi & Sequenza. With a single concealed door opening at the side of the cabinet in a wing like manner (rather than the front). The Beelzebub body then stands on four curvaceous legs formed from solid Sapele and curved ply-veneered in Wenge, with copper intricately veneered on the edges. This Beelzebub is truly a one-off piece due to the nature of the work. The cabinet stands 1.72 meters high and is about 73cm wide (73cm deep). The cabinet is intended to go to a gallery after the show. It would be available for press loan.

Beelzebub was the lord of the flies.

If you would like to download further information or images please click here.

Monday 24 September 2012

RIBA Journal TENT London Highlights

Great video by RIBA Journal showing some of their highlights from TENT London.

We are proud to have been included!  And was so lovely to chat with them too ;)

Watch the video by clicking here

Friday 7 September 2012


We're back at TENT London

AF Designs is back at TENT London (part of the London Design Festival) for the 4th consecutive year.

We hope to see you at our Stand G21

20-23 September 2012
Old Truman Brewery London E1

Don't forget to register

Tickets can be brought in advance from the TENT website

If you are trade, don't forget to complete your registration before 

14 September to gain entry for free

Sunday 22 July 2012

Evoluzione Light

The Evoluzione Light gives you the possibility to spend your evenings creating and refining your table light. Using the Evoluzione kit you can challenge your friends to create the best table light design, or vary your light form to suite your mood and changing d├ęcor desires.
This light is incredibly addictive, allowing you to interact with it at your leisure - sculpting your own light to your hearts content. However even in it’s basic stacked form the light retains its design value of contrasts between geometric and organic.
The light very much a game of shape, light and shadows. Where you can play at being ‘Bucky’ in your home. Create small compact lights or large structures simply by joining the wood triangles with rubber links or by slotting the triangles directly into one and another. The structures can be built upon the inner Perspex LED light, or forms can be created independently as stand alone pieces.
The Evoluzione Light is a collaboration between Furniture Designer/Maker Andrea Felice, and Architect and friend Angelo Grasso. Initially wanting to create a game for children, Angelo and Andrea started to play with
interlocking geometric shapes. Both Angelo and Andrea are fans of Buckminster Fuller (Bucky), and this lead to the creation of the interlocking triangular shapes. While ‘playing’ around with it one evening they then decided to ‘put a light in it’ – and the Evoluzione Light was born.

Evoluzione Light – constructional details:
• Constructed from plywood triangular pieces, Perspex core, and LED light.
• The internal light ‘core’ 240mm high when ‘stacked’ into a tower with 100mm triangular sides.
• When the light is constructed it can form much larger shapes (size depends on the users creation)
• The triangular wooden shapes can be attached to the Perspex core and each other either by slotting into each other, or by the use of rubber links.

The Evoluzione Light will be launched at TENT London (part of the London Design Festival) Old Truman Brewery London E1 September 20-23, AF Designs Stand G21.


At TENT we will be offering visitors to our stand the opportunity to play with the light and create their own structures. We will photograph these and post on our Twitter and Facebook and the favourites on our Blog.

Download a full press release here.

Download images here.

Thursday 19 July 2012


There's a new way to find craft designer-makers out there, and we're proud to be one of those listed!

Craftfinder's mission is to help contemporary craft lovers satisfy their passion, and to help makers focus on their skills and creativity, by easing the burden of promotion.

Wherever you are in the UK, Craftfinder will connect you with makers and places where you can enjoy the best in contemporary craft. Craftfinder will help you stay in touch with makers' news and activities and enrich your appreciation of their work.

Craftfinder has everything from furniture to stunning jewellery it's definitely worth having a browse.  And we really like the create your own gallery function, where you can save all the things you like to browse at a later date.

See our listing on Craftfinder here.

Saturday 16 June 2012

Belsize Park Refurbishment

We have recently completed a refurbishment in Belsize Park.  Providing all the bespoke furniture for the rooms as well as managing replacement flooring, painting and decorating.

What our client said about the work:

"It's not very often that one can say that they have enjoyed working with a contractor/designer, but we can!  We have been very happy with the service you have provided and we really like the end product.  Thank you to you and your team for all your work on our project.  We would certainly recommend you to others."

Thursday 2 February 2012

Caught Light now on show at Decoratum Gallery London

Today we've been busy installing Caught Light in the beautifully refurnished Decoratum Gallery.   It's been hung amongst some famous faces and surrounded by many a design classic.

If you didn't get a chance to see out catch of fish at Tent London (part of the London Design Festival) last September, now is your chance.  We are very proud to have our Fishy LED Chandelier on display in Decoratum's window over February. 
Both Decoratum's Galleries are on Church St, Marylebone.  And if you're visiting you can also see our Rovi in the Decoratums Alfies Market Gallery at the same time.

You can read more about the making of Caught Light here.

Decoratum 31-33 Church Street London NW8 8ES
Decoratum Alfies Antique Market 13-25 Church Street London NW8 8DT
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Copper patternated custom Elementi sideboard

Based on our limited edition Elementi Cabinet, this sideboard is much wider and a little lower.  But still using out much loved process of patternating copper plate.

The sideboard was made on commission for our wonderful clients in Primrose Hill and provides a focal point in their stunning living room.

Elementi was first created by Andrea Felice to been exhibited at TENT London 2009 part of the London Design Festival.

IDFX Magazine selected the Elementi cabinet as one of the standout products from the 2009 show and it has received lots of wonderful press.