About Another Country
Our designs are inspired by archetype, calling on the familiar and unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork for inspiration. We endeavor to re-interpret the spirit and functionality of these honest forms of furniture for a modern customer.
Another Country aims to deliver quality and longevity at fair prices – our products are built to last, both in terms of construction and style. All of our wooden products are made from sustainable timbers and we make use of both time-honoured craft techniques and modern technology and we work in as sustainable a way as possible.
Our mission is to be a responsible, purposeful and useful company that is fit for the 21st century, and our ambition is to sell our sustainably made furniture to as many people as possible.
To do this, we strive to strike the right balance between craft and industry.
Our promise to you:
Since our inception, we have endeavoured to produce our product and run our business at the most sustainable level possible. Our suppliers only source timber that is sustainably harvested from either European and North American forests, we manufacture in workshops in the UK and Portugal, we pack using as much recyclable material as possible and deliver directly to you via our London-based warehouse.
When it comes to our loose and upholstered items, such as our day bed mattress and bolster, sofas, armchairs and bench seat pad, these are made with 100% natural materials by our partner Naturalmat. Naturalmat is the only UK mattress maker using certified organic latex and certified organic coir (coconut fibre) and source their lambswool locally.
Every other aspect of what we do is also considered. Our energy is supplied by a green energy supplier, we have strict recycling standards, we offer a repair and restore service for our furniture, we minimise our use of paper collateral when a digital solution is equally effective, we use natural cleaning products at work and have begun to embrace wellbeing principles with regards to our design and manufacturing practices.
Thank you for joining us on our journey. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us an email.
How it’s made
We combine traditional methods of making with modern technology to ensure that each piece is made with great care, attention to detail and precision. Every piece is hand assembled, hand finished and quality controlled before leaving the workshops.
Here is a short film from a visit to one of our partner workshops in Portugal where they were crafting a Side Table One.
London based Product Designer Mathias Hahn (born 1977 in Germany) started up his studio in 2006 and is one of the founding members of OKAYstudio. After graduating as Industrial Designer in Germany he moved on to the Royal College of Art, where he received a MA degree in Design Products under Ron Arad in 2006. From his studio and workshops he is working on diverse projects in the field of industrial and furniture design.
Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. For several years, Jonah designed furniture that he built in a friend’s studio while he played bass guitar, touring and recording with several indie rock bands. Needing to develop and showcase a growing body of work that was filling his house but few had seen, Jonah founded Atelier Takagi in 2005.
Marie Dessuant was born in 1984 in Paris. In 2008, she graduated with distinction from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in product design (MA). She wrote a thesis about ‘Wandering in Daily Life’ and designed a collection entitled ‘Objets Vagues’. Marie is now Head of Design at Another Country.
Simon Donald is a London based product designer. He studied Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art and later completed an MA in Design Products at the RCA. After graduating 2007 Simon went on to work for Sebastian Bergne Ltd as a designer and project manager for four years, working with an array of large clients such as Tefal and Proctor and Gamble.
Born in 1977 at La Louvière (Belgium), Benoît Deneufbourg studied interior architecture at Saint-Luc Brussels. He launched his studio in 2004 which covers a wide range of disciplines like designing furniture, lighting and accessories, and also interior design, installations and graphic design. Benoît also teaches in a Brussels art school.
With a background in product design and applied art, Ian employs a mix of design and craft skills to his work. A deep understanding of ceramic materials and using retired machinery from Stoke-on-Trent, enables Ian to communicate qualities that can often get lost in the gap between design and production.
Recently graduated from Heriot Watt University with a BA (1st Class hons) in Design for Textiles, Ruth Duff designed a collection of innovative, exciting and unique fabrics for Another Country. Pushing the boundaries of woven textiles by combining geometric and organic shapes through jacquard weaving to create complex designs.
Dana Cannam received his Bachelors in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta and his Masters in Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Soon after graduation Dana established his own studio based in Rotterdam offering services in product development and design consultation.
Born in N.Ireland in 1986, David Irwin graduated in Three Dimensional Design at Northumbria University in 2007. He completed a fellowship on the Designers in Residence initiative at Northumbria’s School of Design in 2010 and subsequently went on to establish his own Industrial design Studio in 2011.
Fred Rigby is a furniture and interior designer based in London. He grew up in the Dorset countryside and spent his childhood creating things in the fields around his home, before going on to study Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University, London. He has since designed interiors for former menswear shop Anthem, in London’s Calvert Avenue; Villa Lena, a hotel in the Tuscan countryside; and Michelin-starred restaurants Ellory and Leroy, to name a few.
Rigby works in a tactile manner when creating furniture, sketching designs by hand, and creating physical models in order to study the designs from various perspectives.