Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley

Internationally established designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley have worked together designing and making sculptural furniture for 25 years, always incorporating the element of shou-sugi-ban. As pioneers of this technique in contemporary craft and design they endeavour to reveal the simple beauty of the wood material through simplicity of form.

Initially they worked on outdoor projects, building public seats, footbridges, and shelters. They have always said that their intention was to make ‘work with a strong but quiet presence in the landscape’. This statement remains true, even though they have broadened that landscape to include built environments. 

Partridge and Walmsley’s pieces are part of renowned international collections, including The Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA; and The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, USA. Major commissions and public projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwick University Arts Centre and Hereford Cathedral Close, and furniture for Edinburgh Botanical Gardens as well as projects for The Chiltern Sculpture Trail, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, and Grizedale Forest in the Lake District.

The designers have been shortlisted twice for the Jerwood Furniture Prize. Most recently they have been shortlisted as part of the Loewe Craft Prize 2019, in recognition of their craftsmanship.