About Another Country
Founded in 2010, Another Country is a company that designs and makes contemporary wood furniture and home accessories.
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 endeavour 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.
You can purchase products for your home or commercial project from us directly, or through select dealers in the UK and worldwide.
Our mission is to be a responsible, purposeful and useful company that is fit for the 21st century, and we strive to strike the right balance between craft and industry.
Read more about Sustainability here.
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 following the making a Side Table One.
The making of Slow Sofa
The design of the Slow Sofa is generous in scale yet visually light, with a thin outer frame and feet that allow for space under the sofa.
Natural materials including feathers fill the back cushions, sheets of recycled wool are used to pad the outer frame, whilst layers of latex, feather and wool are used to make the seat cushions, creating an inviting, supportive and cocooning sofa.
Watch a short film showing the intricate process of the making of the Slow Sofa, handmade to order in the UK.
Our friends at The Modern House filmed our founder at his cottage in the Wiltshire countryside, just up the road from our workshop.
David Irwin graduated from 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. The studio’s design focus is rooted in material exploration and driven by a desire to assign purpose to both traditional and contemporary manufacturing processes. The goal with all of Irwin’s work is to combine a strong concept with fundamental usefulness. David has designed a number of pieces of us which are know collectively as the Hardy Collection, these include the Hardy Chair, Hardy Dining Table and Hardy Rocker.
With a background in product design and applied art, Ian employs a mixture of industrial design and craft skills to produce exhibitions, installations and designs for production. His output spans the fields of design, research and curating. Ian graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Ceramics and Glass in 2010. He is a founding member of Studio Manifold and an associate lecturer at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins. He holds a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Manchester School of Art, York Art Gallery and The British Ceramics Biennial. Ian is behind our ever popular Pottery Series, a notable feature of this collection being the terracotta clay, which is fired to an unconventionally high temperature giving it the scorched colour and the strength of stoneware.
Marie Dessuant was born in Paris. In 2008, she graduated with distinction from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg with a Masters in Product Design. Marie worked as Head of Design for Another Country for a number of years before returning to Paris to found multi-disciplinary Studio Dessuant Bone with her partner Phillip Bone. Whilst at Another Country Marie worked on a number of the core furniture collections (in 2017 winning a Design Guild Mark Award for Series Four) she also designed our ceramic candlesticks.
Daniel studied art and graphic design at Warwickshire college, before embarking on a carpentry apprenticeship, building houses, offices and restoring historic buildings. This combination of arts-based education and hands-on craft experience evolved into a passion for design, culminating in a degree in furniture and product design at Sheffield Hallam University. The fusion of graphics, construction and design informs Daniel’s visual language and creative direction. He solves problems in the simplest possible way, removing anything that is unnecessary, and distilling the result into a clean, honest, and understated aesthetic, with the ultimate aim to create useful, understandable and timeless products. Daniel designed the Another Sofa in 2019.
Born in Edinburgh, Catherine Aitken studied at Glasgow School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, London from where she graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Textiles. On graduation she established her own studio designing furniture, interior products and textiles before joining Another Country in 2013. As Design Director at Another Country, she is responsible for design and product development, she designs pieces for the core furniture collection and bespoke pieces for trade projects as well as commissioning external designers. She also styles our photoshoots and trade show stands. In 2019 she received a Design Guild Mark for the Ori Sofa Bed and Wallpaper Design Award (Best Natural Selection) for the Ori Wall Mirror.
German born designer Mathias Hahn lives and works in London. He established Mathias Hahn Design Studio in 2006 after gaining a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Essen, Germany and a Masters from the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, London. His work is characterised by a detailed examination of possible materials and manufacturing processes whilst his human centred approach sees design as a ‘cultural tool’, always aiming to create relevant objects and narratives in the context of our living realities. Mathias designed our Another Chair and more recently the Fram Shelving.
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.
After graduating in 2004 as interior designer from ESA St. Luc in Brussels, Benoit Deneufbourg launched his studio in Brussels designing furniture, lighting and accessories. Benoit also teaches at Brussels Art School. Benoit has designed a selection of accessories for us, the Desktop Series Two Set (which includes a Pencil Holder, Pencil & Note Holder & Paper Tray) and our Candle Plate.
Looking for a career change Alain went to study Industrial design in France after a number of years working in the financial world. He founded his own studio in 2007 in order to pursue his own dreams and develop his personal approach to product design, furniture design, art direction and interior architecture. He has since collaborated with several international brands. He was named designer of the year in 2012 by the Biennale Interieur (the leading Biennale design event in Belgium). Alain designed the Arc Chair and Fold Chair for Another Country.
A British designer, Aaron Probyn studied Product and Furniture Design at London’s Kingston University. In 2012, he founded his design studio now located in both New York City and London. His design signature embraces clean lines, considered proportions and a rich materiality. Passionate about sustainability and combatting disposable culture, Aaron sidesteps trends in order to create quality-led pieces, that can be used and enjoyed over a lifetime. Aaron designed the Syd Chair.