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You wooden believe what can be done with a lump of timber

Eleanor Lakelin’s horse chestnut burr vessel is half sophisticated polish, half rough and earthy

Mila Crewe-Brown

If you haven’t heard of Eleanor Lakelin (, you’re in for a treat. She’s a British woodworker devoted to celebrating the unique, natural properties inherent in each piece of wood she works with. Her Amphora 1/19 occupies the number one spot on our design radar.

Recently shown at PAD London with Sarah Myerscough Gallery (, it’s one of 19 wooden vessels in her Echoes of Amphora series that takes its cue from the ancient Greek vessels but boldly departs from the original form with an earthy, gnarled expression.  

Elegantly refined on one side, the vessel, made from horse chestnut burr, has an entirely different nature on the other side with knotted and raised surface details that are full of life thanks to the sandblasted, burled texture. It’s organic and elemental as well as polished and sophisticated...

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