Ed Brooks furniture is a family business designing and producing outdoor, garden and indoor furniture.
Founded in 1999, when chartered landscape architect Ed and his father David were working on a garden design project for a 15th century country cottage. They could not find a suitable gate or bench to fit the irregular walls and organic shapes of the rural setting so David suggested using wind fallen timber in its natural form. They hand split pieces of oak and chestnut following the natural forms and curves. The end result was a huge success and inspired Ed to start sketching. More commissions came in as word spread both locally and all over the UK .
Ed heads up design and often finds inspiration in unusual places. Dividing his time between London and Dorset or wherever the next project takes him. As well as working on furniture design Ed is also an award winning landscape architect working on a variety of projects from country house estates to more urban design projects including Fleet Street, Bow Church Yard and the forthcoming redevelopment of Leicester Square.
Alex is Ed’s brother and a furniture maker who trained in London and joined the business in 2004 to run the workshop. Alex manages the often challenging process of turning a concept into a durable, working piece. Alex’s background in fine cabinet making is indispensible although Alex would say that working with the irregular shapes characteristic of Ed Brooks furniture is more challenging than the right angles used in conventional woodwork.
Marion, Ed and Alex’s mother takes care of administration and is often the first point of contact for new business enquiries. Marion runs a tight ship when it comes to paperwork and with her background in accounts is always on hand to offer advice on the financial aspects of the business.
David still continues to lend his expertise on large constructions such as tree houses and bridges. David’s background is in construction, house building, carpentry and forestry. He is currently lovingly restoring a wooden fishing boat and developing his skills in oak and chestnut timber framing.
What We Do
The sense of place and story behind each piece is key to everything that is made – as is the provenance and natural character of timber. For that reason in 2007 we bought our own 13-acre wood, just a few miles from the workshop so now most of the timber is from there. Hinges and metal work are custom made by the village blacksmith and where possible other materials such as stone, copper, steel and glass are recycled from previous use.
What We Stand For
Provenance – the materials we work with should be local, durable, responsibility sourced and often recycled.
Place – our work is designed and built to work with the natural surroundings.
Reliable – our furniture is built to be dependable, strong and to last.
The lack of straight lines means that the pieces do not tend to date and fit in well with old buildings. Each piece is built to last and mortice and tenon joints are carefully hand worked to fit the natural curves of the wood together. Hand splitting the wood along the grain also means the pieces have more strength than timber that is sawn straight. Almost a driftwood style but not washed up, but retrieved from local farms.
How We Work
Ed always visits clients or looks at photos of their garden and its surroundings to get an understanding of where and how they live before designing something accordingly.
If you have any questions or would like to know any more about our work or prices please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The price for a single gate starts from £450 (plus hinges), double gates start from £900 (plus hinges), a simple bench starts from £250. All prices are ex. VAT and delivery. Our most popular single gates are normally around £600 (including hinges) and £1100 for doubles. If you have any further questions on pricing please do not hesitate to get in touch.
As well as commissions the range has also expanded to include products such as pictures frames, mirrors, stools and timber blocks. The inspiration for these pieces started in the same way – with the natural beauty of the timber. Alex discovered a wind fallen beech tree had spalted to create an exquisite marbled pattern in the timber. This rare timber has been used to create multi-functional beech blocks that make characterful stools or side tables. The roughly textured oak used for the picture frames and mirrors is over 100 years old.