Since its inception in the early 1990s, Tom Faulkner has grown into an award-winning and much celebrated creative business. It is loved by both private clients and professional interior designers for its show-stopping tables and chairs, elegant accessories, faultless standards of quality, and exceptional service.
Combining metal with marble, timber, glass and leather to form a group of sophisticated collections, Tom Faulkner produces design-led, high-end statement furniture for both traditional and contemporary settings.
Despite – perhaps because of – the fact that Tom himself does not come from a formal design background, he has become the master of the simple but striking form. His love of geometry, passion for architecture and nature, and fascination with Victorian engineering feed into a singular aesthetic of elemental lines and shapes combined with daring proportions and exquisite natural materials.
This characteristically pared back style lends his designs a versatility that enables them to work as either theatrical stand-alone pieces or components of a larger scheme.
Tom started designing furniture in 1993. His early pieces featured complex and intricate graphic patterns painted onto wooden tabletops, which proved extremely popular. Keen to explore the possibilities of form and shape he began designing tables from scratch, and commissioned a workshop in Wiltshire to make some metal chairs for an exhibition.
“Metal was a real discovery” he says. “I was immediately seduced by its stylistic possibilities – the fact that you could bend it and twist it into almost any shape you liked – and also by its strength, versatility, and simplicity.” Continuing to work with the same craftsmen, he jumped at the chance to buy the forge when it came up for sale in 1995, also taking on its two employees.
From here the business expanded rapidly and soon moved to larger premises on the site of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s railway workshops – a neat twist of fate that brought Tom’s interest in Victorian construction and metalwork full circle. Here, an expert team of welders, painters and artisans craft Tom Faulkner furniture to the highest possible standards, with no compromises on quality or finish.
A showroom in Lots Road, part of south-west London’s renowned Chelsea Design Quarter, now showcases the Tom Faulkner collections, allowing visitors to experience the scale and drama of each piece. They are best viewed up close in order to fully appreciate the exquisite attention to detail, high standards of workmanship, and stunning materials and finishes that are the hallmarks of Tom Faulkner.