Bobbin Table Lamp in Natural Oak

Alfred Newall
£240
Bobbin Table Lamp in Natural Oak by furniture maker Alfred Newall is an extension of Alfred's exploration of the recognisable Bobbin aesthetic. The elegant table lamp is a contemporary take on the beautiful simplicity of 17th century Bobbin furniture design, also known as Spool furniture, which playfully combines antique and modern sensibilities. Shown paired with hand painted tapered shade by Tess Newall. Shade not included in price but available to order on request.

This table lamp forms part of The Bobbin collection, where Alfred has incorporated a playful twist on a historic design lineage. Bobbin furniture, also known as Spool furniture, was made in the late 17th century, lathe-turned parts into ornamental shapes consisting of a series of small knobs resembling spools, or bobbins. For this collection, Alfred has focused on creating simple silhouettes with elaborately turned features, combining antique appeal with a modern aesthetic.
Material: Natural Oak
Dimensions: Height: 51cm, Length: 16cm, Width: 16cm
Care Instructions: Wipe clean with a damp cloth
Made to order (4-6 weeks)

Process

Bobbin components are hand-turned on a traditional wood lathe, which is much like the potter's wheel in simply providing a turning axis. The process involves simultaneously spinning and shaping the main component; it begins square and through careful use of a chisel, the sequence of bobbin rounds are gradually formed. Once the profile is realised, the stand is spun further and hand-sanded to give a smooth finish.
Bobbin Table Lamp in Natural Oak
The Maker Alfred Newall Furniture Maker - South East England

Alfred Newall is a furniture designer and maker based in Sussex. He is inspired by historic pieces and rural vernacular design, and uses traditional methods and processes in his work. After training at the Building Crafts College, Alfred worked for Plain English Design for two years while setting up his own practice. His focus is on the qualities of utilitarian design and proportion, with functionality and longevity at the core. Each piece is made in his workshop on the edge of the South Downs, using sustainably sourced materials.