Ahead of the trend
In 2012 Ian designed our Woodenforge collection, mixing wood and metal in a revolutionary way – four years later the industry has caught up and the style has become highly fashionable.
The collection is a tribute to the pioneering times when the first railway tracks were being laid across the world, forging an alliance between the strong, sleek metal rails and the mighty timber sleepers.
The men who built those railways were carving the modern world out of gigantic natural landscapes, and Ian wanted to recreate this beautiful collaboration between the clean lines of a metal framework and the contrasting colours to be found in timber panels made from reclaimed wood. This contrast of textures and tones evokes an era of staggering industrial achievement, softened with shades of colonial charm.