Ex-robinson house studio student Laurent Peacock has been awarded Bespoke Guild Mark no.465 by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The Guild Mark was awarded for his Sika console table, inspired by the stance and hide patterns of a young deer.
Laurent has a first class degree in 3D Industrial Design, but was disillusioned by the focus on mass production it had. After over a decade of working in research consultancy, Laurent wanted to return to the creative world in a way that allowed him to be hands on with his work, and took a one year course with robinson house studio.
“I was excited by the experimental and open-minded approach to materials which the studio takes,” Laurent commented. “The grounding in traditional skills and the development of my design thinking which Marc and Theo have provided has been invaluable, and I’m immensely proud to have been awarded a Guild Mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers as evidence of the standards of craftsmanship and design which I’ve attained.”
The console table is made using solid rippled sycamore, hand shaped and bleached to form the legs. The table top is Australian silky oak veneer over a substrate reinforced with aluminium honeycomb and carbon fibre.
Marc Fish, founder of the school, said: “Myself and all the staff at RHS are so proud of Laurent’s award, this is a great start to his career. It took me over ten years to receive my first one and for him to receive it after only making two items of furniture is amazing. We will be watching his career develop very closely.”
Laurent has since been employed by Marc Fish as a maker, and continues his work at robinson house studio. His work can be viewed on his website.