Behind the scenes at RHS Chelsea with Tom Raffield

Royal Bank of Canada garden at RHS Chelsea 2015 | Design Hunter

To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, Design Hunter is this week focusing on gardens and outdoor living. Today I'm excited to be featuring a behind-the-scenes guest post from lighting and furniture maker Tom Raffield who has designed a specially commissioned feature bench for the Royal Bank of Canada show garden at RHS Chelsea this year.

Using a specialised steam bending process Tom created the 8m long piece at the request of the garden's designer, Matthew Wilson of Clifton Nurseries.

"The concept for the garden was inspired by the flow of water," said Matthew. "The various components of the garden weave in and out and I wanted the garden furniture to extend that theme. It was also important to me to use the skills of a crafts person employing traditional techniques and using sustainable materials, in keeping with the theme of the garden. Tom's work is in keeping with all of these ideals, and is a celebration of the wonderfully tactile qualities of wood. Because his design is quite open in structure the plants behind are visible, creating a wonderfully colourful backdrop to the flowing lines of the garden."

The complex sculptural form, made from sustainably sourced olive ash wood, is designed to mimic the flow of water. Here is Tom's account of the design process.

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May Design Series 2015

The Fiera Edit - May Design Series 2015 | Design Hunter

Now in its third year, and going from strength to strength, the May Design Series at London's ExCel has quickly established itself as one of the UK's must-visit interiors events.

I went along on Sunday, the opening day, and spent a good afternoon touring the event, catching the odd seminar and of course seeing lots of great new interior offerings.

Here are just a few of the things that caught my eye this year.

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The Wide View

I’ve just received this lovely wide and beautifully minimal curved LED monitor from Samsung, and so to review it properly I will be putting it to the test with my Design Hunter online activities over the next few days.

More to follow soon...

Style Notes | Camerich

Era sofa by Camerich | Design Hunter

With a philosophy based on purity of form and a high quality finish, Camerich's designs combine a clean, modern aesthetic with luxury materials and superior craftsmanship. The collection has a high end look,  but is attainably priced if you're looking to invest in pieces that will stand the test of time.

The range includes inviting contemporary sofas, chic dining tables, stylish lounge chairs and coffee tables and elegantly sophisticated desks. There's also a range of luxurious beds in designs that echo the aesthetics of the sofa collection.

I've teamed up with them to share an edit of my favourite designs from their current collection.

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4 trends shaping interiors in 2015

Brass kitchen island | Design Hunter

We are over a third of the way through 2015 already - how did that happen?

A few people have asked me for my thoughts on this year's interiors trends recently. I wrote guest posts on this subject for both Barker and Stonehouse and Casafina last month, so I thought I'd amalgamate some of the trends I identified in those posts and share them here on Design Hunter.

Here are 4 key themes that I think are shaping interiors in 2015. I've also put together a Pinterest board to accompany each trend. Click through on each moodboard for further inspiration.

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