Alfred Newall

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.

Furniture Maker

Alfred Newall

South East England

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THE PROCESS

Alfred's bobbin tables are made up of a simple assembly of components. The legs 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 leg 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 leg is spun further and hand-sanded to give a smooth finish. Since launching his first table for The New Craftsmen, Alfred has expanded the use of this bobbin technique into table lamps and mirror frames. Each piece is unique and celebrates the individual grain patterns on each bobbin round. For the Venus Cabinet, made following Alfred’s residency at Holkham Hall, facilitated by The New Craftsmen, the cabinet is made from solid oak turned feet and legs, with 18th century detailing and fluting. The stretcher panel and the top cabinet are made from solid timber - the latter has been veneered to give an oak interior.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

I love to see my drawings and inspiration become reality. Working with wood is always exciting and unpredictable as the natural material is so varied. Making is a lovely process, demanding and satisfying in equal measure. Once things have circled a few times in my head, or even on paper, I have a real urge to start making.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

I am especially influenced by the arts and crafts designers like Ernest Gimson, Edward Lutyens and Ambrose Heal. I also love early oak furniture and unattributed rural crafts. The core values are a truth to the material, simplicity in design and quality in production, things I always aspire to practice myself.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

At the moment I am focusing on work produced through turning and lathes. It's something I haven’t had lots of experience with but am really enjoying the versatility of the technique and discovering lots of new possibilities.

4. What is your definition or proudest moment as a maker so far?

Setting up my own practice, and directing my focus towards making furniture with functionality and longevity at the core, has been a big achievement.

5. What is your dream project?

I am currently restoring a medieval cottage in Sussex and making furniture for it. It's lovely to make things for one's own family and to know it will be part of our lives together for years to come.

 

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19 Products found

  1. Venus Cabinet in Green
    Venus Cabinet in Green
    Alfred Newall
    £12,760
  2. Bobbin Mirror in Limed Oak (Small) by Alfred Newall
  3. Bobbin Mirror in Green Oak (Large) by Alfred Newall
  4. Demi Lune Bobbin Table in Natural Oak by Alfred Newall
    Demi Lune Bobbin Table in Natural Oak
  5. Bobbin Console Table in Limed Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Console Table in Limed Oak
  6. Bobbin Dining Table in Natural Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Dining Table in Natural Oak
  7. Bobbin Side Table in Yellow Oak
    Bobbin Side Table in Yellow Oak
    Alfred Newall
    £1,020
  8. Bobbin Side Table in Blue Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Side Table in Blue Oak
    Alfred Newall
    £1,020
  9. Bobbin Side Table in Ebonised Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Side Table in Ebonised Oak
  10. Bobbin Side Table in Natural Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Side Table in Natural Oak
  11. Bobbin Side Table in Red Oak
    Bobbin Side Table in Red Oak
    Alfred Newall
    £1,020
  12. Bobbin Side Table in Green Oak
    Bobbin Side Table in Green Oak
    Alfred Newall
    £1,020
  13. Bobbin Table Lamp in Natural Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Table Lamp in Natural Oak
  14. Bobbin Table Lamp in Blue Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Table Lamp in Blue Oak
  15. Bobbin Table Lamp in Ebonised Oak by Alfred Newall
    Bobbin Table Lamp in Ebonised Oak
  16. What Not Bobbin Table in Ebonised Oak by Alfred Newall
    What Not Bobbin Table in Ebonised Oak
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19 Products found