A keen interest in how form, pattern and texture relate to one another and a fascination with the way the components of a whole fit together lie at the heart of Anthony Dain’s practice. By its very definition furniture is designed to serve a function and Anthony hopes his work goes beyond its basic role of fulfilment. He strives to make pieces that prompt the user to stop and look, and perhaps question, ‘How has he done that?’ or ‘Why is this detail here?’
Anthony crafts contemporary furniture to commission and for exhibition from a workshop within the Sylva Woodland Foundation using native and locally sourced timbers. He takes inspiration from a diverse range of practices and processes found in traditional British furniture making, architectural joinery and the built environment. More recently Anthony has taken on board elements of traditional Japanese joinery.