Anthony Hartley brings together the essence of British eccentricity, high design and craftsmanship in an irresistible range of inventive and innovative pieces.
He started drawing and designing furniture while he was supposed to be doing other things at school, and never really stopped. With Art College not being an option on leaving school in the early 1980s, he became a joiner, and eventually went on to study Furniture Design at Leeds College of Art. He launched his first collection at London Design Festival 2011.
Inspiration comes from his endless curiosity about design, architecture, engineering and art, and from designers including Frank Gehry, Gerrit Rietweld and Paul Smith.
The technical integrity of the pieces is achieved through his years of experience of joinery and creating furniture by hand, understanding the technology and science of his materials and pushing to the limit the stress of woods, ply and plastics. Hand finishing and the closest attention to detail means that each piece looks amazing and performs perfectly.
His work has been featured in international editions of leading design and interiors magazines, and he was commissioned to design a bespoke range of furniture in 2013 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London tube
Anthony works from an old mill in the Pennine village of Haworth where he has developed a workshop, upholstery studio and art gallery; www.damsidemill.com
You can come and meet him at Damside Mill, Shuttle Fold, Haworth BD22 8RA. Call him first on 07758 779183 and he'll have the kettle on.