Christopher Burley of Heliconia Furniture is a designer and maker of bespoke wooden furniture, using traditional woodworking skills to contemporary technology to create modern heritage pieces.
The Drift coffee table is darkened with an oxidising solution and then hand carved with a gouge chisel in one session, producing a spontaneous and unique pattern. The process reveals the original grain figure of the timber, which contrasts beautifully with the oxidised colouration.
Size: 43cm high x 65cm diameter
Made to order - 3 to 6 weeks
Free UK delivery
Involving mostly low turnover, specialist work, the practice is deliberately kept small scale with slow production and a short custody chain. Most projects are focused on materiality and the specific provenance of the timber is of paramount importance. When choosing materials for products, Christopher buys timber from local sources where possible. For the last 3 years he has been involved in a Forest Commission steering group to discuss the felling, storage and distribution of timber from the urban forest.
All pieces are packaged in recyclable or reusable materials for delivery and/or hand delivered. Waste disposal includes firewood bags distributed to customers in Kent, Surrey and beyond. Wood chippings are picked up by local garden businesses in South London who use the waste for mulch and a local potter who uses it for firing.