From a workshop in a north London dairy, Tree Couture is rapidly earning a five-star reputation for its luxurious handcrafted furniture. Its glamorous contemporary takes on traditional concepts such as desks, nests of tables and cheval mirrors are the work of Troo Heath-Crew, one of a handful of female furniture-makers working in Britain, whose love of timber stems from time spent building wooden huts and dug-out canoes in the Amazon rainforest. After formal cabinetry training, she founded Tree Couture in 2012 and, alongside a small team of specialists, creates bespoke designs and limited editions from sustainably sourced solid hardwoods combined with alluring materials such as silk-fused glass.
“I work with walnut (both European and American), oak, beech, cherry and pear; we avoid veneers and MDF,” says Heath-Crew, whose recent commissions range from a leather-lined gentleman’s armoire (similar projects, £17,500) in American cherry with boxwood accents, to a wine credenza (similar projects, £12,000) in European walnut and lined with Portuguese cork. The latter was destined for a Spanish villa and features a bronze silk-fused glass panel and motion-sensor lighting.
Heath-Crew’s collection pieces, meanwhile are limited editions of 25 that showcase her flair for innovative design and a meticulous attention to detail. The Gaiola credenza (from £22,495), for example, is inspired by double-decker Amazonian riverboats; made from American black walnut with steamed English pear-wood details, the large central drawers are lined in nappa leather, while the curved ends are defined by two pairs of tambour doors made from 200 individually cut walnut slats. The interior is illuminated by remote-controlled, colour-changeable LED light panels and, as with all her pieces, customisable options abound.
Equally appealing is the Splendid Squire desk (from £14,495), whose strong architectural presence can be enjoyed from front and back. Its angular American black walnut profile is softened by a narrow shard of silk-fused glass running along its centre, while nappa leather lines a two-metre-long concealed drawer with multiple compartments. The Ménage à Bois nest of tables (from £3,995) fuse American black walnut structures with custom-made tops – from mirrored yellow glass to film-fused glass – while the American black walnut Yogi-Yogini cheval mirror (from £12,495) is adjusted by the positioning of a meditative, chiming Chinese Baoding balls. These are truly remarkable pieces from an exceptional maker.