A BRADFORD on Avon bespoke furniture designer and maker is celebrating a launch in Bath by showing his complete collection for the first time.

Charlie Caffyn officially launched his new Atworth desk light at Verve Living in Bath on Thursday (March 7).

He is using more than 25 years of experience to design and make contemporary, elegant, solid-wood furniture with architectural influences.

With names such as Atworth, Iford, and Wellow drawn from family walks with his border collie, Jack, his collection features chairs, magazine holders, side and coffee tables, benches and bookends made from ash, cherry, oak and walnut.

Mr Caffyn, 45, of Avonfield Avenue, Bradford on Avon, said: “It all began at the age of ten, when I made my first table out of old pallets, swiftly followed by a shelf to house my much-loved Beano comics.

“My work is all about producing modern British furniture with the emphasis on design, quality and craftsmanship.”

By the age of 19, Mr Caffyn knew that he wanted to become a furniture designer. He trained at the Rycotewood Furniture College in Oxfordshire, where he also enjoyed a work placement at the renowned Swedish design house Stenebyskolan.

He then went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Furniture and Product Design at the Ravensbourne University College in London.

Afterwards, he spent seven years designing mass-produced furniture for Cosatto in Basildon, working there and in Hong Kong.

He gathered experience in large-scale production methods and witnessed thousands of his designs rolling off production lines worldwide.

But his heart lay in designing and making hand-made bespoke furniture built to order for individual customers. Mr Caffyn moved to Bristol in 2004 and then set up his workshop in Bradford on Avon in 2010.

“At the heart of my practice is the desire to involve the end-user in the creative process. Customers are invited into my workshop to see their piece in construction or kept up-to-date with photographs of the work in progress.

“They can even personalise their piece to make it uniquely their own.”

He is now designing and making furniture for customers worldwide, with shipments going to Australia, the USA, Spain and Switzerland.