RHS student benefits!

From top-dollar guest lecturers in the industry to eye-popping exhibition visits, we make sure there’s plenty of food for thought along the way.

Guest Lecturers

Rod Wales ‘Wales and Wales’

Rod Wales' cabinet
Rod Wales’ cabinet

Wales and Wales are furniture designers with over 30 years experience. They have gained an enviable reputation, with their work acquired by national collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Crafts Council.

Their work is characterized by a robust, unelaborated elegance rooted in a pragmatic understanding of materials and processes. Wales & Wales bring to their work a particular sense of visual personality, yet thrive on the disciplines required by client, market, product type, materials, technology and the other constraints that define a brief.

Charlie Whinney

charlie whinney at Harvey Nichols
Charlie Whinney at Harvey Nichols

Charlie Whinney of Charlie Whinney Associates specialises in the art of steam-bending wood to create beautiful, sculptural work.

Projects this year include the kinetic ‘Dance of the Forest’ for the new Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC, ‘Vine’, a 4-storey high sculpture/banister for a private house in London, and most recently ‘Journey’, a large scale metal and wood public artwork for High Storrs School in Sheffield, UK, which runs 60m through the interior of the building.

Past projects have included an installation at Harvey Nichols store in Knightsbridge and next year he will start a piece for the Eden Project, Devon.

Richard Williams

Richard Williams' cabinet
Richard Williams’ cabinet

Richard Williams and his team design and make bespoke furniture for private clients, in association with architects, interior and yacht designers. The work varies in nature and detail according to client’s requirements.

Richard is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, and also designs furniture on a freelance basis for production.

He is an award winning designer whose acheivements include the Claxton Stevens award for best Guild Marked piece of 1996.

Field Trips

Edward Barnsley
Group visiting Edward Barnsley’s workshop

As part of our curriculum our students are encouraged to join us on numerous day trips. We feel strongly that it is only by getting out of the studio and totally submerging our students in a world of design, art and creativity that we will be truly giving the students a head start in their path of furniture making. We visit exhibitions in disciplines such as contemporary art, design, architecture, craft and sculpture. It may not immediately seem relevant to furniture making but the more exposure students can get, the more of an impact it will inevitably have. Visits to other workshops such as Edward Barnsley workshop and Yannick Chastang are among our day trips.


V & A
V & A

Students’ visits to museums might include:

London V & A

Musée d’Orsay, Paris – excellent section on Art Nouveau.

Les Arts Décoratifs Paris, by far one of the best displays of furniture through the years, coming right up to date.

Tate Modern, London, always an interesting stop for sculptural forms.



Our location, with London only an hour away on the train, means we are able to regularly visit top exhibitions. Exhibitions have in the past included:

Barbican’s Bauhaus Art as Life

Pavilion of Art and Design