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Meet The Designer: Lorna Singleton

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 by

Part two of a five part editorial series in which we look at talented craftspeople who’s work celebrates the beauty of British wood. Combining traditional techniques and modern applications, they demonstrate a deep appreciation of the innate qualities of the material and a concern that it speaks for itself. The effect is, naturally, striking.

Lorna Singleton is a ‘swiller’, specialising in woven wooden products made using locally coppiced oak. Oak woodlands have been coppiced for centuries; the practice opens up the canopy and allows more light to reach the plants below. Swilling is the ancient craft of coppicing, and then boiling, soaking, splitting and weaving oak. Today, it is practiced by only a few craftspeople in the UK. Lorna cuts and prepares the wood by hand, managing and restoring coppiced woodland in Cumbria in a responsible and renewable way. She only uses traditional hand tools, finding that they are not only more efficient but also more enjoyable to use and capable of producing stronger products. Many of her pieces combine old heritage patterns from the Furness area of Cumbria together with more modern features. Lorna also holds regular workshops, teaching others her distinctive craft.

Lorna is a craftswoman specialising in woven wood; each design examples the quality and flexibility of swill. We meet with designer Lorna Singleton as par to of a series covering Wood Craftsmanship in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Lorna is a craftswoman specialising in woven wood; each design examples the quality and flexibility of swill
Image courtesy of Lorna Singleton

Lorna creates baskets based on traditional Cumbrian patterns.

The ancient craft of 'swilling' involves a process of boiling, soaking, splitting and weaving coppiced Oak. We meet with designer Lorna Singleton as part of a series covering Wood Craftsmanship in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

The ancient craft of ‘swilling’ involves a process of boiling, soaking, splitting and weaving coppiced Oak
Image courtesy of Lorna Singleton

Little Oak bag, £415, The New Craftsmen

Rich in heritage, Lorna enjoys crafting practical items that are both beautiful and tactile. We meet with designer Lorna Singleton as part of a four part series on Wood Craftsmanship in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Rich in heritage, Lorna enjoys crafting practical items that are both beautiful and tactile
Image courtesy of Lorna Singleton

Swill lights, £325, The New Craftsmen

These stunning swill lights were crafted in collaboration with fellow wood worker Sebastian Cox. We meet with designer Lorna Singleton as part of a series covering Wood Craftsmanship in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

These stunning swill lights were crafted in collaboration with fellow wood worker Sebastian Cox
Image courtesy of Lorna Singleton

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This feature has been taken from Warehouse Home Issue Four, which is out now! The latest issue of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.

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