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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.

 
 

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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.

 
 
 
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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