Goldfinger launches ash furniture that lets people “own a piece of Tate Modern”

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Social enterprise Goldfinger has unveiled its bespoke furniture collection made from fallen trees at the London Design Festival. The collection, showcased at the Material Matters design fair, was initially designed in collaboration with architecture studio Holland Harvey and the Tate Modern as custom pieces for the gallery’s Corner cafe.

The collection includes a dining table, bench, and stool, all created from fallen ash trees. Goldfinger specifically chose to utilize timber that would otherwise be destroyed, showcasing the beauty of native British wood. Each furniture piece has chunky square legs with rounded corners, referencing both the Tate Modern building and the Goldfinger workshop’s location, Trellick Tower.

The furniture is available in natural and black ash finishes and features an engraving of the coordinates of the tree’s original location. According to Lisa Werner, an associate at Goldfinger, the incorporation of these coordinates tells the tree’s story and adds a sense of memory and honor to its first life.

The ash wood used in the collection was sourced from timber company Fallen and Felled, which rescues trees that have fallen due to disease, weather-related causes, or urban development. Goldfinger aims to save fallen trees from being chipped or burned by transforming them into furniture. In London alone, 5,000 trees are felled annually, the majority of which are discarded. Goldfinger’s mission is to reverse the trend of importing hardwood and promote the use of local raw materials.

Alongside their commitment to creating furniture from fallen trees and reclaimed wood, Goldfinger is also a social enterprise. The Goldfinger Academy offers training and career opportunities to local residents and individuals who are out of education and employment. The Future Makers program provides students with industry insight and portfolio development. Additionally, in 2015, Goldfinger launched the People’s Kitchen initiative, offering free monthly meals for the local community in North Kensington.

The furniture collection is on display at Material Matters as part of the London Design Festival. This event showcases a variety of exhibitions, installations, and talks throughout the week.

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