The Fallen Tree Rising project by designer Ben Dawson uses timber from windblown Scottish trees to make contemporary furniture and accessories inlaid with words and images.
We find trees - windblown or in danger of falling - and make them into beautiful artefacts.
The trees'rise again' rather than being cut up for firewood or left to rot.
Wood in its natural state maybe doesn't look precious but my heart still races when I look at these planks and have a vision their possibilities. I carry them around in my imagination and eventually see a design idea take shape.
Moray Place Wych Elm On-site Milling
First cuts of the magnificent Wych Elm in Moray Place Edinburgh. Sadly the tree was infected by Dutch Elm Disease and had to be felled. It will soon be seasoned and made into beautiful furniture and accessories. The pieces will be sold as a strictly limited edition
Felling of Moray Place Edinburgh Wych Elm
Felling of the beautiful Moray Place Wych Elm which has sadly been infected with Dutch Elm Disease. June 2014
Inlaying Words and Images
As well as being a designer Ben has a passion for literature and graduated in English Literature before Art School. He first experiemented with the idea of inlaying furniture and accessories at college and many decades later completed a major commission for The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - using Scottish woods inlaid with the botanical names and leaf symbols. Other early examples are a dressing table for Ben's wife Karen inlaid with lines from a Maya Angelou poem and serving platters inlaid with lines from Robert Burns' Selkirk Grace.
Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
But others say we’ve got a week or two
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering What you’re gonna do.
I got it.
And be my baby.
Inlaid Table Top
We add a new dimension to our designs by inlaying words and images. Sometimes poetry from Robert Burns or Maya Angelou... sometimes an abstracted leaf. A family tree.
Pieces can become uniquely personal by inlaying words and images special to you, your family or your community.
"BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL." Vivienne Westwood
Fallen Tree Rising is currently developing a collection of furniture made from Scottish Timber of known provenance. If you can't wait please contact us to discuss your requirements.
A solid oak table designed by the late Enrique Miralles made for the Donald Dewar Library at the Scottish Parliament Building.
Our approach is essentially flexible. We can work from an open brief or an architect's vision on the one hand to detailed specifications or technical drawings on the other. Uniquely, we can also take one of our standard collections as a starting point and tailor individual pieces to suit our client's specific requirements.
Projects may begin in different ways, but they always arrive at the same conclusion - furniture that fulfils an architectural scheme through seamless integration or dramatic standout. Furniture that is as beautiful as it is practical.
“Meticulous attention to detail delivered without fault”
John Lowe, Richard Rogers Partnership, Architect, National Assembly of Wales
When considering a design for a special commission we gather inspirational images to stimulate the creative process.