Christopher Burley is a designer-maker of
bespoke fine furniture trading as Heliconia Furniture from Bermondsey, South
London. Christopher designs and makes
contemporary pieces of simple elegance using the 21st century technologies of
CAD drawing and CNC along with traditional woodworking skills. He involves the client in the design process
from the outset and tries to encourage a sense of co-operation and mutual
creativity that is beyond the usual shopping experience. Christopher has also recently devised a range of
furniture for selling through retail outlets and online stores. He will be showing his work at MADE LONDON.
The design of this piece is influenced by the styles of inter-war years but with simple modern lines. The dark timber is complemented by the colourful covers of the new Harper paperback editions.
Where and what is your studio?
My wood shop is in a council workshop complex just off Tower Bridge road. The building has seen better days and is a little rough around the edges but my workshop is just the right size and has large windows and skylights providing a helpful amount of natural light. I share the workshop with other makers who are an inspiration as well as a daily source of advice and good humour.