London-based designer Nick Rawcliffe trades as Raw Studio and makes a variety of objects, created through his own holistic design approach. As well as innovative contemporary lighting and chairs, Nick has created hand-finished games sets, shelves and other domestic items, as well as installations for restaurants and stand-alone pavilions, which he has shown at Chelsea Flower Show in previous years.
Nicks hopes his Hive hanging chair will live to be a future classic: looking timeless but offering so much more when sat in and used. It evolved from a real project he worked on at the Bauhaus in Dessau, creating 3D space from 2D shapes and folding down flat. Other works use charred timber, steel, plaster and jesmonite. Nick works in a studio in Woolwich surrounded by like-minded individuals. New materials and natural textures inspire him the most. He sees material choice as fluid within his design approach, so he is not wedded to any particular material.
Nick believes that relating to your niche to build lasting loyalty is a really important factor for craft practice in general in the future. His own aspirations for the next five years include constantly pushing out innovative, new pieces across a variety of materials and generating 1000 true fans. Nick joined Design-Nation in 2018.