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Hand-crafted furniture against a glorious Devon garden backdrop

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Time-limited luxuries

July 13 2011
Vicki Reeve

RHS Rosemoor Gardens is a 65-acre delight in North Devon with a backdrop of steep, wooded valley sides. It’s a particularly apt setting for the Devon Furniture Makers Association to be showing its highly skilled handiwork. Its selling exhibition, The Colour of Wood (July 16 to 31), will showcase wooden furniture with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and sustainability.

The Devon Furniture Makers featuring at Rosemoor mainly work to commission, creating one-off bespoke items in wood that originates from legitimate and sustainable sources. Worthy, yes, but also absolutely beautiful – the pieces by David Ames (console table in English oak and stainless steel, £2,700; first picture, a dining table in the same line, £12,000), Natasha Gowdy (hall table in oak, £1,650) and Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford (second picture, a pair of “Coopers” whisky cabinets in English oak, £2,500), among others, prove that mindful making can be magnificent too.

Environmentally friendly paint and eco-friendly wallpaper by Little Greene will also be on display so, along with a DFM chair or table and some real-life flora from Rosemoor’s Plant Centre, you may find yourself loading up with several rolls of Oriental Peony wallpaper (£51.50 per roll) or Cones, from the new 50s Line range (£38 per roll).