Many happy returns to homegrown furniture brand Woodbender, which marks its 30th anniversary this summer.
Woodbender founder Charles Mast might have looked to the iconic Thonet No 14 chair as a model for one of the company’s first-ever products, but his dream was that the family’s wood-bending factory would create its own collection of modern masterpieces – now available at spruced-up new premises in Parkhurst and Strand.
What’s also been created is a legacy, says present-day owner and director Shirley Mast. ‘This is based on our people, product and process, where each piece of furniture is shaped by at least 20 craftsmen and women, many of whom have been with us for decades.’
While the company continues to look to technical innovations to improve manufacturing, it still uses a handcrafted process that preserves the integrity of the solid ash wood, which is imported from certified and sustainably managed forests. It’s no surprise, then, that tree-planting is an integral part of the company’s milestone year celebrations.