Tom is committed to manufacturing in the UK, and almost all his furniture is made by hand in our Wiltshire workshop. This was once the site of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s railway works, and the spirit of the great man hovers about the place, infusing our work with something of his boldness and creativity. Another important Victorian influence is William Morris, the figurehead of the Arts and Crafts movement. His insistence on the compatibility of craftsmanship with modern, industrial processes is central to what we do, as is his emphasis on community and collaboration. Some members of the team have been working for Tom for decades. This gives them not only a wealth of experience, but also precious levels of dedication, mutual understanding and pride in their work
“I believe in the richness of visual simplicity: there might often be complex geometry at work but most of what I create looks strong, clean and unfussy. The quality of any piece is in the line, proportion, and detail.” – Tom is a master of the simple but striking form. His approach to design can be summed up by two phrases attributed to the great architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe: ‘Less is more’, and ‘God is in the details’. The hallmarks of Tom Faulkner furniture include strong silhouettes, recurring motifs and finishes that bring out the beauty of the underlying materials. These features, in combination with Tom’s fascination with classical geometry, give the pieces a timeless, elemental quality. Attention to detail is paramount at every stage of the design and manufacturing processes. Owning his own workshop allows Tom to be actively engaged throughout. It also gives him the luxury of being able to produce as many prototypes as necessary to get a piece absolutely right.