We asked Helle Albertsen from Cotswold Furniture some questions about what people are looking for and how some of their pieces are made.
What sort of furniture do rural and semi-rural clients tend to like?
Our customers in rural areas tend to go for a more traditional look as this suits the style of their homes. Teak, and Lloyd Loom furniture have always been the obvious choice for country properties.
Are there any trends you're noticing with people's choices?
For outdoor living we have noticed a lot of people now mixing our loom furniture in softer colours along with our Cotswold Teak to create a more relaxed eclectic look.
Do people tend to try and match their furniture with the rest of the home's styling?
Is there any special care you should give to look after outdoor furniture?
The outdoor synthetic loom furniture requires little to no care. Cushions should be stored inside during the winter months and when heavy rain is expected. Maintenance of our Cotswold Teak is minimal too. A good clean with a rough brush and warm soapy water followed by sanding to bring back the soft finish is all that is required.
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How are some of the pieces made?
Lloyd Loom paper loom is made from Kraft paper twisted on a steel wire, then woven on industrial looms the same way that fabric is made. The warp, or spoke, which includes the steel wire provides strength to the product, and the weft – twisted Kraft paper – adds the softness/flexibility. A piece of loom is upholstered on to the frame, attached to it with staples that are then hidden by braid which adds a beautiful finishing touch to the piece of furniture.
We had our 100 year anniversary of the invention of Lloyd Loom in 2017. It’s a traditional product that has survived the test of time. Vincent Sheppard takes great pride in keeping the heritage of Lloyd Loom alive and has created a number of stunning contemporary pieces of furniture using this beautiful material. Go to any antiques shop in Europe and you will find Lloyd Loom furniture dating back to mid-last century.
All our Cotswold Teak pieces are machine made using tenon and mortice joints. Teak trees are individually selected, girdled and left for three years to dry out before being felled. In Myanmar, no clear felling takes place.
The felled trees are pulled out of the forest by elephants and then floated down rivers to the sawmills, leaving a very small carbon footprint. After being milled, the timber is carefully kiln dried for up to six weeks (depending on thickness) before being machined into components which are then assembled and sanded to a baby-smooth finish.