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Meet the Designer: Rachael South

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 by

Part one 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.

Rachael was taught the craft of chair caning and rush seating by her father Terry, who was likewise instructed by his own father. Following an extensive career as a textile and passementerie (trimmings) designer, Rachael took on the established family upholstery business. She has travelled extensively and her work combines traditional techniques and contemporary applications, with designs inspired by her journeys and twists on the usual materials and weaves.

Rachael is also passionate about recycling and sustainable living, hoping each reconditioned item of furniture will serve another generation. Rachael’s work assures the craft of chair caning and seat weaving a place on the modern day furniture scene. She hosts workshops to pass on her knowledge. To learn more, visit Rachael South

Rachael's bespoke designs draw inspiration from her experience travelling and working with weavers in India, Central American and Europe. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Rachael’s bespoke designs draw inspiration from her experience travelling
Image courtesy of Rachael South

Rachael adopts a personal approach to each commission, consulting on the best techniques and materials.

Inspired by travel and journeys abroad, Chair caner and upholsterer Rachael South twists traditional materials and weaves in a contemporary application. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Rachael twists traditional materials and weaves in a contemporary application
Image courtesy of Rachael South

She learned the craft of rush seating from her father Terry.

An extensive knowledge of chair caning and seat weaving is proven in Rachael's understanding of both fine antiques and contemporary pieces. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse home interior design magazine

Extensive knowledge of chair caning and seat weaving is proven in Rachael’s understanding of both antique and contemporary pieces
Image courtesy of Rachael South

Rachael's aim is to combine traditional excellence with contemporary execution. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Rachael’s aim is to combine traditional excellence with contemporary execution
Image courtesy of Rachael South

Rachael inherited her craft from her grandfather Michael South.

Following a long career as a textile and passementerie designer, Rachael took on the established family upholstery business inherited from her Grandfather. Read the full story in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Following her career as a textile and passementerie designer, Rachael inherited the family upholstery business
Image courtesy of Rachael South

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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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