We recently stumbled upon this brilliant young company, designing and manufacturing sustainable and organic furniture from left-overs!
The brainchild of Justin Floyd and Hannah Floyd, they were casting about for a new direction. One that would benefit their hometown and support the community as well as having the lowest environmental impact on the planet.
With backgrounds in marketing and design, the partners found their calling on their doorstep and simultaneously an opportunity to recreate a forgotten craft and bring back the heritage of the area. Buckfastleigh is an ancient woollen town in South West England and they came up with a new way of working with a particular wool – the coarser, lower value wools that are considered a by-product among sheep farmers.
Justin comments “We wanted to take the unwanted and make it beautiful and to turn the way wool has always worked on its head”.
Coarse wool from breeds such as the iconic Herdwick sheep from the Lake District is combined with bio-resin in a unique process that has never been created before, yet is so practical and durable.
This is a real industry break-through and they believe that Solidwool can be considered in place of injection moulded plastics and fibreglass. Wool is used as the reinforcement, bio-resins as the binder, a real alternative to today’s petrochemical based structural reinforced plastic.
With this specially created material they have designed and made the Hembury Collection, which includes a chair and side table using Solidwool with UK sourced Ash wooden legs. The shell moulding of the chair is a highly engineered composite, flexible enough to be comfortable, yet strong enough for purpose. In addition to their own ranges, they also collaborate with other companies.
We’re excited to see the results at Design Junction from 19-22 September at Cubitt Square, Stand G12.
Visit solidwool.com to learn more.