I was drawn into Dare Studio‘s space at the designjunction exhibition during the 2013 London Design Festival by a table in the corner of their booth. Handmade in Brighton, England, along with all of Dare Studio’s furnishings, the Kingston dressing table was restrained, well-crafted, and had impressive amounts of storage for its thin frame. I also couldn’t keep my hands off of it. Available in solid American black walnut or white oak with a leather top, it was one of the best pieces of furniture I saw during the entire festival.
Established in 2009 by Sean Dare (how cool is that name?), Dare Studio is a family-run company producing contemporary furniture and lighting for high-end domestic and contract projects (they sell directly to the public and the trade). Their impressive client list includes BBC, Sofitel, Hilton Hotels, Herman Miller, and Facebook, among other notable brands. In addition to their standard line, they also take custom orders.
The British maker has several environmental policies in place. In addition to manufacturing locally on a made-to-order basis, Dare Studio uses only FSC-certified hardwoods, recycles the majority of their wood waste products, and uses water-based, rather than solvent-based, finishes.