Ellen Thomas, a freelance furniture, product and interior designer based in Newcastle, has an incredibly refreshing attitude towards design.
In an environment where flat-pack furniture and mass production, Ellen is concerned, quite rightly, that everything has become too disposable. People are less attached to the objects in their home, because these objects are not unique, have no history, nor any sentimental value attached.
Her philosophy is to design furniture with ‘added value’, encouraging the user to form an attachment to her work. With her designs being a perfect mix of contemporary, and classic simplicity that won’t go out of style, she may well be perfecting her aim already.
The idea that we are seeking to value what we have more, and become more attached, is one of Kronospan’s latest design themes – called, appropriately, ‘Sentiment’. Classic design that is both relevant, but timeless enough for us to want it to last.