Jul 04, 2019 | By Lisa White
Sep 05, 2018
By Alexei Cowan
Craft and hand-making practises have seen a resurgence over the past couple of years, in part due to their association with wellness and sustainability – credentials that are becoming increasingly important to consumers. Arbor, founded by Alex Carpenter, celebrates the creativity of homeware products, honest materials, a connection with the environment and the combining of both traditional and modern craft techniques.
The origins of Arbor came about from Alex witnessing vast stocks of timber waiting to be processed for commercial mass-market furniture; which didn’t align with his own environmental beliefs and his concern for the depletion of forests around the world. This led to the desire and drive to produce more authentic items that would not impact on the environment and give him the opportunity to express his deeper connection to nature and become more mindful creativity.
“As the earth is giving us louder and more frequent messages that she is not well, it is the responsibility of each of us to be more aware and make more conscious choices in how we produce and what we consume”, says Alex.
Each bespoke piece connects to woodlands and the environment; using materials gathered from windfallen trees, nearby arborists or utilising off cuts from local manufacturers such as in the Rillet grooved board. Products are often varied as a result of the way that the wood has been worked, the grain formations and imperfections; or due to a limited run of the woods that are available at the time. Designs instil a contemporary and playful aesthetic where simple forms, proportions and textures are experimented with, but always keeping the raw materials as their focus. Arbor’s current product range includes items such as spoons, bowls, vases and plates; which all embrace the handcrafted nature.
Alex has fully immersed himself in connecting with the environment, with the transition to a plant-based diet and taking part in the Al Gore’s Climate Reality training, learning from their knowledge so that he can go to schools, business, governments, corporations and help them make more sustainable choices. The future vision is to open a co-operative forest studio where makers can create and hold workshops for people to better connect themselves to the environment through making.
Arbor has been recognised in publications and websites such as Elle Decoration, Get Fresh: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Shoppe by Amber Interiors, Made + Good, Look Like Love, Kobi & Teal and Namoki
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