Toby trained at London’s Royal College of Art and set up his workshop in King’s Lynn. After several years his work was accepted onto the Crafts Council’s index of selected makers. He has exhibited widely and shown work in New York, Milan, Düsseldorf, Munich and Dubai.
He holds three Bespoke Guild Mark Certificates awarded by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for design and craft excellence.
Toby has served on Crafts Council Committees and is a member of the Suffolk Crafts Society;Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and Chairman of the Norfolk Furniture Makers Association. A keen motorcyclist and tenor sax player, Toby’s interests are wide and varied.
Clients include: Corporation of London; Department of Culture Media & Sports; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Barbican Centre; Welcome Trust; Benfield Group; FA Premiership; Rihga Royal Hotel; County and Borough Councils; museums; design groups; interior designers and private commissions.
There is a wide variety of ideas in Toby’s work. Many include marquetry decorative motifs in trompe l’oeil, or repeated patterns to enhance. Other works celebrate ideas of structure and construction to provide interest.
Taking ideas from the visual clues we see in everyday life, including architectural, structural or mechanical details. Accidental or chaotic events, such as splashes, fallen leaves or waves all provide source material for designs.