Lasting treasures

Who will be the names that are remembered among today's furniture craftsmen? Get a good idea at Antiques for the Future, a selling exhibition of contemporary furniture from 12 leading British designer-makers, open now until 27 February
On show are sculptural, carved and turned wood pieces, plus modern silverware. Marvel at maestro John Makepeace's Flow cabinet with its wave-like front shaped from ash and holly, with luxurious cedar of Lebanon drawer linings. This timber tour de force even has rippled sides and back.

Skilful duo Senior and Carmichael (who were both trained by Makepeace) have salvaged wood from the Great Storm of 1987, and quixotically have made the Hurricane low table to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Other pieces exquisitely combine materials, such as Andrew Varah's Console Table, whose toughened-glass top reveals an intriguing slice of wavy-edged solid burr oak, itself resting on glass slabs, linked with stainless-steel rods.

Console table by Andrew Varah
Console table by Andrew Varah
More stunning pieces include hall and drinks cabinets, sofa end tables, a jewellery chest, and vessels turned from English hardwoods.

At Norman Adams, 8-10 Hans Road, SW3 (020 7589 5266;

For a fuller overview of makers of furniture to commission, look at This is run by gallery-owner Betty Norbury who is also the author of Bespoke, a hefty 440-page hardback featuring 150 makers, with lavish colour illustrations (£39.95). And if you can wait until the summer to commission a piece of furniture, visit Norbury's annual Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design at Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire (16-25 August).

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