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Grange-over-Sands, England, LA11 6RT

Established in 2020, Shape Furniture Ltd is an independent company that designs and makes sustainable solid wood furniture and accessories. Our designs draw inspiration from traditional British, Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork and are approached with a contemporary outlook to produce furniture that is simple, functional and long lasting. Every piece is made to order and is designed to be customised or “shaped” with certain options provided as standard for the wood type, size or storage layout. Additional customisations or fully bespoke items are also available on request. Everything is made in-house with great care, attention to detail and precision using a combination of traditional craft techniques and modern technologies.


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Story and ethos

We built our workshop in the Lake District at the start of 2021 using locally felled timber and sustainable sheep's wool insulation. The workshop is sited within a local timber yard operated by Witherslack Woodlands; a conservation forestry management company who sensitively manage over 300 hectares of British woodland, a large proportion of which are areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are home to some of our most rare and valuable species.

A large proportion of their work is spent coppicing - an ancient practice which involves removing older trees and thinning cover in certain woodland ‘plots’. This practice promotes fresh tree shoot growth and maximises the light reaching the woodland floor. As a result wildflowers such as violets and primroses are encouraged to grow, providing an essential food source for butterflies and other insect life. In a few years the new shoots will have grown up and the process can start over again. These plots, all at different stages of maturity, are patchwork throughout the woodland and provide a variety of habitats for not only butterflies and moths, but also for birds and other insect species.

Our mission is to create furniture in the most sustainable way possible. From our base in the Lake District, our ultimate goal is to produce furniture that is entirely made using timber from the surrounding woodlands, where our environmental impact can be carefully monitored to ensure it only ever has a positive impact.

Ultimately, we strive to hit the correct balance between craft and industry, with an appreciation for the materials we use, care in what we produce and a clarity in what our impact is on the planet.


Welcome Jonathan

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 December 2023

We’re delighted to welcome Jonathan to the Collective. Shape. Furniture Ltd’s provenance is exceptional – take a look at the workshop, – it’s in the Lake District.


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