Our Methods,
Resources
& Ethos

We put fine craftsmanship and attention into creating beautiful
and timeless pieces of furniture that showcase the splendour of natural wood.

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I have been working as a furniture maker professionally for over 16 years, creating both indoor and outdoor pieces.

Although I’m originally from Dorset, I initially worked in London, but found that there was a limit on the beauty of the wood available from the timber yards.

I moved back to Dorset and joined my brother’s business, Ed Brooks Furniture, to run the workshop and turn the designs and concepts into working pieces. Ed specialises in outdoor furniture using English hardwoods.

I now head up my own workshop but continue to work closely with our family on all things furniture related. My Dad manages our woodland which supplies much of the wind fallen timber for the projects and I now also employ Mark who came on board nearly two years ago. Mark has got a real eye for it all, especially the fine finishing details.

It’s great to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country where I am able to go into the forest and see raw, wind fallen timber. I can then decide exactly how I want to cut and shape the wood to accentuate its natural beauty.

I really enjoy working with large pieces of timber where I can capture and visually display the colours, textures, natural growth patterns and marks made by the movement of a tree throughout its life.

Getting a really fine finish on a piece of furniture is like the mist clearing, you know you have crafted a piece of furniture that someone will love and appreciate – it’s an amazing and exciting experience.

Though some of our pieces appear simple in design, they are very complex in the making. And, due to the nature of the raw materials in our collection, no two pieces are alike.

 

 

 

 

– Alex Brooks

“I really enjoy working with large pieces of timber where I can capture and visually display the colours, textures, natural growth patterns and marks made by the movement of a tree throughout its life”

I have been working as a furniture maker professionally for over 16 years, creating both indoor and outdoor pieces.

Although I’m originally from Dorset, I initially worked in London, but found that there was a limit on the beauty of the wood available from the timber yards.

I moved back to Dorset and joined my brother’s business, Ed Brooks Furniture, to run the workshop and turn the designs and concepts into working pieces. Ed specialises in outdoor furniture using English hardwoods.

I now head up my own workshop but continue to work closely with our family on all things furniture related. My Dad manages our woodland which supplies much of the wind fallen timber for the projects and I now also employ Mark who came on board nearly two years ago. Mark has got a real eye for it all, especially the fine finishing details.

It’s great to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country where I am able to go into the forest and see raw, wind fallen timber. I can then decide exactly how I want to cut and shape the wood to accentuate its natural beauty.

I really enjoy working with large pieces of timber where I can capture and visually display the colours, textures, natural growth patterns and marks made by the movement of a tree throughout its life.

Getting a really fine finish on a piece of furniture is like the mist clearing, you know you have crafted a piece of furniture that someone will love and appreciate – it’s an amazing and exciting experience.

Though some of our pieces appear simple in design, they are very complex in the making. And, due to the nature of the raw materials in our collection, no two pieces are alike.

 

 

– Alex Brooks

 
 
 
 

“I really enjoy working with large pieces of timber where I can capture and visually display the colours, textures, natural growth patterns and marks made by the movement of a tree throughout its life”

Every piece of furniture takes us on an enjoyable & creative journey - from sourcing the wood & sketching designs to crafting the final piece

Pop-Up Event

I am exhibiting and selling my organically inspired solid wood furniture at a Pop-Up Event.

The event runs from September 11th-23rd 2018 in the stunning Lyme Bay region, Seaton, Devon.  (With an exclusive Preview Event on Monday 10th September, between 1pm-8pm.)

The Pop-Up Event will allow you to view my entire range of pieces, many of which have not been seen before.

When & Where?

Affar, 4 Cross Street, Seaton, Devon. EX12 2LH (www.affar.co.uk)

Tuesday 11th September – Sunday 23rd September 9am until 7pm (every day)

I am aware that Devon may be a long way to come to see my furniture.  However, I can promise a treat for the senses – my furniture pieces are extremely tactile and have an intrinsic natural beauty which photos alone cannot fully get across.

Alongside my work and that of fellow artists, we have the outstanding and beautiful Lyme Bay location. The Jurassic coastline is a world heritage site and is absolutely stunning. Restaurants match the expectation and entertainment for all ages is vast.

Who is the Pop-Up Event for?

Whether you want to buy a piece for your own home, require multiples for retail or would like to commission furniture for commercial space then the Pop-Up Event is a great place to start.  You will have the opportunity to see and feel the furniture as well as discuss your plans and requirements face to face with me, an experienced designer and maker.

Exhibiting with us is:

Affar:  Open for business throughout the event period, Affar will have other artists/makers pieces on display and available to buy.

Ed Brooks Furniture:  Ed Brooks Furniture specialises in the design and construction of bespoke outdoor wooden furniture. Produced using sustainably sourced English hardwoods such as Oak and Chestnut. All furniture is uniquely designed to encompass the organic nature of the timber, its surroundings and your requirements.

Hilary Arnold, Sculptor & Painter:  Hilary Arnold lives in Seaton and has been an occasional (but serious) painter and sculptor since the mid-1970s. Hilary’s paintings are mainly abstract, based on landscape and still life using light, space and colour to convey an essence. Hilary has held exhibitions in Devon, London, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Anja Graefe, Potter:  “I am not overly concerned with making precise and symmetric shapes. I like the more organic shapes that express movement and life as opposed to the more “perfect” and static shapes.  Making pots has become a practice that stops, or at least slows down, the ever ruminating mind and brings me right into the moment, into the stillness of just being.”

For news and updates about the Pop-Up Event please follow me on Instagram @alexbrooksfurniture, Facebook @FurnitureByAlexBrooks and sign up for my newsletter, here. (I promise never to share your details with anyone else or inundate you with emails!)

I hope to see you over the two weeks.  And, please do contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you

Alex

Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends

Both Alex Brooks Furniture and Ed Brooks Furniture are exhibiting at the three Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends this Spring and Summer.

The next, and last event is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, so please do come and see us and our indoor and outdoor furniture collections, in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

We will have furniture available to purchase at the event and we’ll also be taking orders for commissions and bespoke designs.

Parking is available at the venue.

Also exhibiting with us will be:

Adrian Gray Stone Balancing

Jarmanmurphy Garden Design

Robert James Literary Bronze Sculpture

Ethos

Our Character and Guiding Beliefs

Alex Brooks Furniture is committed to delivering organically inspired quality wood furniture to individuals, interior designers & retailers.

Integrity
We only use responsibly sourced, environmentally sensitive wood to produce strong and durable pieces that capture the woods realness without unnecessary alteration.
Artistry
We recognise the merits of natural wood and use our well-honed creative skills to craft beautiful furniture.
Organic
Our products are inspired by the natural wood and the character it has developed from its relationship with the elements.
Unique
Our designs are led by the wood itself, so every piece of furniture we make is unique and displays that trees individual story.

By using a mix of exacting modern & traditional techniques we are able to design & hand produce with minimum waste, demonstrating an ecological awareness. Our portfolio features stylish, yet practical furniture in a range of shapes, sizes & finishes & we welcome enquiries for any of our portfolio pieces as well as completely bespoke, one-off commissions.