Another Country's designs are inspired by archetype, calling on the familiar and unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork for inspiration.
They combine traditional methods of making with modern technology to ensure that each piece is made with great care, attention to detail and precision. Every piece is hand assembled, hand finished and quality controlled before leaving the workshops. They aim to deliver quality and longevity at fair prices – their products are built to last, both in terms of construction and style.
One of Another Country's main focuses aside from creating beautiful designs with enduring quality is to be as sustainable as possible. To do this they design with the entire life cycle of their furniture in mind, buy from sustainably managed forests, use natural fibres and fillings for upholstery, make to order to minimise waste, plant many to offset their carbon footprint (more than what they use in fact), aim to use 100% recyclable or compostable packaging and provide a ‘repair and restore’ service for their furniture.
AUTHOR has chosen to feature Another Country's Hardy Collection which is designed by British designer, David Irwin. The whole collection is all made in the UK.
The Hardy chair was originally commissioned to celebrate Another Country’s fifth anniversary, devised around the brief to create furniture inspired by the history and landscape of Dorset, from where the company operates.
While exploring Dorset culture, Irwin stumbled upon Thomas Hardy’s poem, ‘Old Furniture’ – an ode to the beauty of furniture being handed down the generations. Two chair typologies inspired the chair’s design: the Captain’s chair, originally a low-backed wooden armchair and the Smokers bow, a low back Windsor, often used in smoking rooms, public houses, barbers shops and cottages. “The design of the Hardy family picks up where it left off from the original Hardy chair, creating a collection of furniture that imbues quality and longevity so that it will be passed down through the generations,” states Irwin.
“With the design of the Hardy Collection I have kept one eye on the past and one on the present, utilising time honoured Windsor chair making techniques to create a range that although has a vague element of nostalgia, still retains a contemporary aesthetic and relevance for today’s environments.”