After finishing my Building Craft Apprenticeship I was asked to design and build some furniture for the Arts and Craft Prince’s House at the 2012 Ideal Home Show.
It was an honour to be involved in such an inspirational project. The Prince’s House exhibits craftsmanship from various sectors; from textiles and wallpaper to bespoke kitchens. At its heart is the principle of sustainability: carefully sourced high quality materials, and a minimal carbon footprint.
The house is a prototype which I hope will inspire homeowners who visit the Ideal Home Show this year. Building high quality homes that are both beautiful and sustainable is something everyone should be able to access.
The arts and crafts movement was highly influenced by William Morris, who famously said:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful“William Morris
It was a real honour working with such an inspirational team, including George Clarke (I’ve always been a Restoration Man fan!). Seeing HRH Prince Charles sitting in the benches that I had made was quite a special moment.
“I believe we should built for humans rather than machines and that a happy and healthy community is created through building beautiful environments in which we take pride“HRH The Prince of Wales