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Oxfordshire Artweeks: Ideas in the Making

14/15 and 21/22 May 2016, 12 - 5 pm daily
During our open days you will be able to see completed furniture, work in progress, as well as experiments and explorations in wood from our Ideas in the Making exhibition, which was first showcased at the River Rowing Museum in 2015. (Photo by R Francis) ...

Forest to Furniture: Ideas in the Making

This exhibition ran from February to June 2015 at River Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames.
Forest to Furniture showcased the development of Philip’s sustainable approach to furniture making.
Ideas in the Making , now to be shown during our Oxfordshire Artweeks' open days, demonstrates the creative process. Philip will display a series of experiments, exploring the relationship between art, craft and design to reveal the potential of form and surface. ...
Dorchester Abbey Commission: We were priviliged to design and produce the new choir stalls in Oxfordshire oak for Dorchester Abbey; installation took place in April 2012. The New Choir Stalls were formally dedicated during a special Choral Evensong service on 10 June, which also honoured and celebrated the conclusion of the exhibition “John Piper and the Church” ...
One Oak Table at The Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh: Our pedestal and coffee tables have been part of a six week long exhibition at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of the One Oak Project, click here to read more about the exhibition...
One Oak Table Featured in British Woodworking Magazine: We have been featured in British Woodworking magazine June/July 2012 issue covering the work made for the One Oak Project at Art in Action this summer, click here to download PDF...
Oxford Times coverage of our Dorchester Abbey commission: The Oxford Times covered our Dorchester Abbey commission in their piece 'Making History', click here to download PDF ...
One Oak Project covered in The Oxford Times: The Oxford Times published an article on our exhibition theme, click here to read the article "Telling Tale of How Tree Lives On " ...
Dorchester Abbey Commission covered in The Henley Standard: The Henley Standard published an article on our Dorchester Abbey Commission, click here to view PDF ...
Woodworkers Institute Article - "In the Workshop with Philip Koomen" Reporter Derek Jones "discovers there is as much going on outside the workshop of Philip Koomen as there is on the inside". Click here to read the article ...
OneOak ~ The story of a 200 year old oak tree from Blenheim Palace. Since the felling of the tree two years ago, the seasoned planks are ready for Philip and others to use for interpretative projects in time for exhibiting at Art in Action 19-22 July 2012. We hope to see you there! The exhibition will then go on to Blenheim Palace and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens later that year. Further details at www.sylva.org.uk ...
Hay Literary Festival 2011 saw the great and the good once again dispensing their wisdom from the comfort of our stage furniture! ...
Going with the Grain, The Independent: “Koomen has taken on the importance of sustainability as integral to what he does” ~ The Independent, Angela Neustatter, 2010, download pdf ...
Hay Festival Furniture, Good Woodworking: Darren Loucaides, 2010 download pdf ...
American Hardwood at the Guardian Hay Festival 2009 ...
The Makers' Maker, a taster of a documentary film by Jeremy Broun about Alan Peters, one of Britain's greatest furniture makers. The completed film features interviews with many designer makers including Phillip Koomen.
Out of the Woods ~ Philip Koomen: a Sustainable Approach to Furniture Design The Exhibition Catalogue, 2004 provides a commentary by Philip on his approach to utilising undermanaged local woodland resources. Download PDF ...
Woodland Heritage magazine 2006 download pdf ...
Woodland Heritage magazine 2005 download pdf