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Henry Forwood

A true material alchemist, Henry has crafted a contemporary version of the organic shagreen.  He has developed amazing faux boa, silk, and linen. Combining colours with metallic finishes create those special patinas seen on so many Forwood Design pieces.

Welcome to Forwood Design

We are pleased to invite you to browse through our collection of luxurious, classic and contemporary designs by Henry Forwood. Henry is an English designer who has spent the last 30 years developing and manufacturing designs for clients worldwide. A country boy at heart, nature has an enormous impact on all of Henry’s designs. This is echoed in every detail of his work: from his iconic shagreen surface textures to that perfect tray handle inspired from a twig found in the jungle. Henry has a hands-on approach to design and he follows each piece from its initial concept through the manufacturing process to its resolution. We hope you enjoy browsing through Henry’s material quests as much as he enjoys sharing them.

Inspired

Handcrafted

Classic

Passion for Textures and Patina

As a designer-maker, Henry has a deep-rooted love of textures and patina.  He trained initially with wood, exploring and learning the abilities of the natural material.  His need to try new ideas combined with his alchemist tendencies, pushed him to develop a faux shagreen. "I liked it because of its texture and ability to take colour well. I won't use the real thing so came up with a method for making it with resin." A true material alchemist, Henry has crafted a contemporary version of the organic shagreen, so real it has fooled many. Using the same techniques with patterns and textures, Henry has also developed amazing faux boa, silk, and linen.  Combining colours with metallic finishes create those special patinas seen on so many Forwood Design pieces.

Inspired by Nature & History

Henry's finds his inspiration from his natural surroundings: mango-shaped coffee tables inspired by a trip to a mango orchard, stainless steel tray handles based on branches found in the forest, sand ripple patterns left when the tide goes out found on a mirror. Other pieces are motivated by Henry’s second love: natural history. His godfather was an entomologist at London’s National History Museum. As a young boy, Henry spent many hours roaring through the museum collections, pulling out drawers full of insects. This infatuation with natural history is captured in many Forwood Design pieces. Whilst each of Henry’s collections is unique, his core philosophy remains the same: design by nature, nature by design.

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