Troo Studio is a creative partnership born out of a shared love of making and a drive to bring our own ideas to fruition. Together, we design and make contemporary fine furniture from our workshop in Hereford. Our practice is based in woodwork, though our fascination with materiality extends our interest to explore other materials and making processes.
We think wood is an incredible substance and we value the history, beauty, sustainability and longevity of this natural material we have become very familiar with. Our basis of knowledge comes from traditional woodworking techniques paired with modern machine processes. We use this knowledge to inform contemporary design and to follow our commitment to high quality craftsmanship.
Freya Whamond // Freya has a background in Art and Design that helps to bring new ideas to her practice. Her work stems from vibrant narratives that steer unique outcomes. She achieved BA (Hons) in furniture making and design from Rycotewood Furniture Centre and is a recipient of the prestigious Alan Peters Award for Excellence in craftsmanship. Freya has an affinity with materiality, a respect for traditonal processes and a firm belief in the importance of creativity and making.
Sam Bolt // Sam has grown up with making and construction. He achieved BA (Hons) in furniture making and design from Rycotewood Furniture Centre and is a recipient of the prestigious Alan Peters Award for Excellence in craftsmanship. Sam looks for humanity in creative work. He is interested in the grey area between spontaneous creation and meticulous process. His knowledge of machine processes allows him to challenge the capability of traditional machinery with a view to translate the results into innovative design features.
Awards & Competitions
2017 Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Award // Furniture Makers Company
2017 Alan Peters Award for Excellence // Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design
2017 Selected for Rising Stars // New Ashgate Gallery
2016 Gordon Russell Award // William Hands
2016 Sia Award // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2016 Furniture Makers Award // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2016 Business Plan Award // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2015 Oxford Restaurant Trophy Design // Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards
2015 Highly Commended for Helen Award // Best in Show, Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2015 Michaelis Cup for Excellence in Modern Craftsmanship // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2015 Laurie Turner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design Studies // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2015 Highly Commended for Mixology Student Designer of The Year // Mixology15
2014 Helen Award for Best in Show // Rycotewood Furniture Centre
2014 Alan Peters Award for Excellence // Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design
Exhibitions & Past Events
2017 Young Furniture Makers Exhibition // London
2017 Celebration Of Craftsmanship & Design // Cheltenham
2017 Rising Stars Exhibition // New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2016 Etsy Christmas Market // Hereford
2016 Hay Craft Fair // Hay-on-Wye
2016 Hanbury Hall Christmas Market // Droitwich
2016 Young Furniture Makers Exhibition // London
2016 In the Making: Rycotewood Graduate Show // London
2016 Shed Space // The Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford
2014 Celebration Of Craftsmanship & Design // Cheltenham
2014 Young Furniture Makers Exhibition // London