As avid creators in the interior design space, some collaborations flow with ease. Henry Forwood and Rachel Winham represent a partnership that does just that. With both interior experts creating bespoke luxury pieces, their individual collections, as well as their collaborations together, boast timeless beauty and expert craftsmanship.
The new collection comprises beautiful photo frames, treasure boxes, trays, coasters, placemats and tissue boxes in Dune, Midnight and Linen. Rachel designed unique herringbone handles and details to complement our signature faux shagreen finish, created by our founder Henry Forwood.
Henry distorted the original herringbone pattern and cut the design from sheet brass to create a modern, organic interpretation.
Rachel Winham's 'Dune' Photo Frames
Rachel Winham's 'Dune' Shagreen Tissue Box
Rachel Winham's 'Midnight' Shagreen Photo Frames
Rachel Winham's 'Midnight' Shagreen Trays
Henry’s interest in shagreen derives from his love of texture and patina. A true alchemist, he says, “I liked shagreen because of its texture and ability to take colour well. I won’t use the real thing so I came up with a method for making it with resin.”
Lined with suede and finished in shagreen with herringbone handles, the treasure boxes are the perfect size for concealing remote controls and other gadgets. Serving trays come in large and small sizes and can be used for drinks or canapés. They also make a striking centrepiece to a tablescape when combined with coasters and placemats from the collection.
Smaller vanity trays have a mirrored base and are perfect for displaying trinkets, make-up, perfume or candles. The photo frames come in two sizes, 7” x 5” and 8” x 10”, and feature a herringbone trim.
One of the key reasons that Henry and Rachel collaborate so well together is their shared passion for creating beautiful interiors through their designs. Both Rachel and Henry create inspired pieces that encompass approachable luxury, optimum comfort and quality – with unquestionable functionality.
Rachel Winham's 'Linen' Shagreen Photo Frames
Rachel Winham's 'Midnight' Vanity Tray
Rachel Winham's bespoke Tissue Box in 'Midnight' shagreen
After launching their showroom in Hampstead four years ago, Rachel Winham Interior Design have gone on to source and design furniture and home accessories – collaborating with visionaries in the industry, including Forwood Design.
Forwood Design is excited to announce our newest additions to our popular Rachel Winham x Forwood Design collection as we delve into the inspiration behind these luxury sets that have been part of our best sellers since day one.
“Rachel has a fantastic eye for colour pallettes and chose a colour she wanted to add to the collection. I was then able to replicate this shade on our bespoke faux shagreen finish. Finally, I gave her a few samples of different shades / tones – using different sanding techniques. From these swatches, the lovely subtle Dune shade was born,” says Henry.