Much like jewellery on an outfit, beautiful hardware has the ability to turn a kitchen or bathroom from drab to fab in an instant..
Interesting shapes, strong proportions and weighty to the touch all signal style and quality where door and drawer handles are concerned. So we’re delighted to discover Swarf, a new brand, based in Essex, that makes handcrafted hardware for everyday spaces.
Swarf is the creation of former Livingetc News Editor, Kate Worthington, and her partner, Sam Fish, of Fish Fabrications, an experienced metal worker for the contemporary art and design industries, and it combines the couple’s expertise and passion for design with their keen eye for detail.
Conceived when the couple were looking for the right handles for their own home, Swarf’s products are as good to use as they are to look at. Designed and prototyped in-house, thoroughly tested and made in small batches, the design process is led by the traditional machining techniques of lathe-turning and milling. Each of the nine handles and pulls in the current collection is named in honour of one of Britain’s lathe makers of the 19th and 20th century, including Colchester, the manufacturer of the 1960s lathe used in the Swarf workshop.
Being an independent company, Swarf incorporates flexibility into its making process, and existing designs can be adapted or tweaked according to requirements, so that it can cater for bespoke requests.
The current collection is available in brushed-satin and mirror-polished finishes. The brushed satin pieces can be clear-coated to preserve the finish or left untreated, so that the material can tarnish naturally and develop a patina over time.
We’re looking forward to the collection of colourful powder-coated designs, which includes millennial pink, teal and black, and will be added to the range early in 2019.
Prices start from £16