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Tom Sutton

Tom Sutton Designs – Aero-Organic

Aero-Organic products inspired by the elements within both the man-made and natural world. The evolution of designs respond to the requisite challenges of; functionality, sustainability, quality and desirability, as required for modern living.

The Aero-Organic design process demonstrates an awareness of the importance for the most effective use of raw materials and energy resources required to manufacture pieces. The majority of designs are formed and finished by hand and utilise the maximum amount of materials employed.

Based in the North West of England, Tom Sutton specialises within the world of Design working as a Designer-Maker, Freelance Graphic Artworker and Lecturer at Further and Higher Education. Trained as a Metalsmith and Furniture Designer at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire), his early work utilised his fine metal skills creating one-off pieces of tableware.

In contrast early furniture pieces evolved around the use of reclaimed domestic and commercial materials. This gave rise to such designs as ‘Squeaky Clean’, a revolving chair  which made use of a disused washing machine drum and bearing. Also the first generation of ‘Ultra Glow’ lamps utilising the signature glass washing machine door used as a light diffuser.

Inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy Tom Sutton used his skills and experience to create organic based pieces with an industrial feel. This reversal of identities led to the use of a broader range of material combinations employing them out of context of their intended purpose. The early work of contemporaries such as ‘Ron Arad’ and ‘Tom Dixon’ with it’s industrial rawness alongside the flamboyant yet often organic inspired creations of ‘Philippe Stark’, helped fuel the direction of development in Tom Sutton’s creations.

The elegance of natural form combined with the use of both industrial related and often reclaimed and sustainable materials produces pieces that are suited to both the domestic and commercial environments .Tom Sutton designs and produces limited ranges and one-off items of bespoke furniture and interior accessories with an aero-organic identity.

Tom will be adding exclusive pieces to the Great British Design site throughout the year, so look out for some fantastic new designs!

See the range of Tom Sutton designs
Charlotte Sale - Spritz Bowl

Stunning hand-blown glass design from award-winning Charlotte Sale