Tom Faulkner produces design-led, high-end statement furniture for both traditional and contemporary settings by combining metal with marble, timber, glass and leather to form a group of sophisticated collections.
Tom started designing furniture in 1993. His early pieces featured complex and intricate graphic patterns painted onto wooden tabletops, which proved extremely popular. Igniting his passion to explore the possibilities of form and shape, Tom began designing tables from scratch, commissioning a workshop in Wiltshire to make some metal chairs for him.
“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.” Working with the same craftsmen, Tom 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.
Tom Faulkner is a design hero of ours here at AUTHOR which is why we are so delighted to feature his stunning pieces on our website. Tom's love of geometry, architecture and nature as well as his fascination with Victorian engineering is clearly seen through his work. The beautiful shapes of Tom's pieces do all the talking as their strong, precise lines allow them to be striking. Tom's designs are perfect as statement or feature pieces in any interior space they are placed.
The clean pared back nature of his designs with their earthy, metallic finishes and unadorned structure allows them to be versatile and adaptable to any space, traditional as well as modern. Tom's designs are constantly evolving which can be seen with his latest pieces. We adore Tom's new Lily Glass Cocktail Tables with their variety of fabulous coloured tops reminiscent of hard-boiled sweeties. We love that a centuries-old Murano technique is being used to create such stunning British-made modern day classics.