Huffington Post lists Invisible City as innovative UK furniture designer

Tired of buying the same old Scandinavian-style furniture, yet not in the mood to rub down a wooden plank in order to make a truly original-looking shelf?British designers are becoming adept at creating classic, quirky yet downright gorgeous designs, which make eye-popping statements, while working practically in the home.

Take this coat stand from Silo, a design studio formed by Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless, currently based within a plastics factory on the southern bank of the Thames.

Or – if you want to bring an element of eco-friendly design to your home – head to the website of Ben Huggins. His carbon off-set chair, made entirely from Hemcrete, a breakthrough material consisting of UK Cannabis Sativa Santhica (a non-narcotic industrial hemp), and a lime based binding agent, locks in 60kg of carbon per unit.

And, if neither of those makes enough of a statement, consider shopping with Hendzel + Hunt, whose Made In Peckham range was retailed by The Shop at Blue Bird, and included a 12-foot long banquet table from which a sculpted tree appeared to grow from the table’s centre.

To see hundreds more awe-inspiring pieces of furniture, including Invisible City’s Incunabular Sideboard (pictured above), head to Grand Designs Live in London from 5 – 13 May.

Know your wood types

Wood furniture falls into three categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board or composite wood.

Solid wood furniture from the TV Bed Store is typically more expensive than other types and looks great, but can be susceptible to scratches and water rings. Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by several thin layers of better-quality wood. Because of the cheaper core, veneers aren’t as expensive as solid wood pieces. Particle board and composite wood pieces are made from a combination of wood pulp, plastics, and resin, basically the scraps of the furniture world. These are the cheapest type of wood furniture and can look decent, but won’t hold up for decades.