Wood Finishing Weekend Class

Wood Finishing Weekend Class

An ideal course for anyone who wants to learn more about finishing techniques and get some practical, hands-on experience.
Next course dates: 26-27 June 2021, 6-7 November 2021. Cost: £295

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Workbench Spaces Available to Rent

robinson house studio 2020

In spring 2020 we moved into bigger, better, and newer premises! This means we’re expanding the school, the workshop, and our bench space, so we have new bench spaces available to rent in our shiny, new, well-equipped workshop. Update as of August

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We’re Making Big Changes in 2020!

We’re Making Big Changes in 2020!

robinson house studio Furniture School’s New Premises We are absolutely delighted to have been able to secure new premises, still in central Newhaven with it’s great transport connections, in an amazing new building with eco-credentials and only a few minutes

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Student Success Stories: James Dabell

Student Success Stories: James Dabell

James Dabell studied with us for a year and created some great pieces during his course. Since graduating, he has gone on to work at bespoke furniture maker Silverlining, which we take students to visit on their course. We caught

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Marc Fish Awarded Claxton Stevens Prize

Marc Fish Awarded Claxton Stevens Prize

Out of all the pieces that received a Bespoke Guild Mark, the Claxton Stevens Prize is awarded to the best recipient from that year, recognising excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for exquisite pieces of furniture.

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Student Success Stories: Laurent Peacock

Student Success Stories: Laurent Peacock

There are so many directions students can go in once they finish studying with us, so we thought we would start highlighting a few of our alumni students and share with you what they’ve been up to since graduating. Laurent

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Josh Milton

Josh Milton

Coffee table, laminated walnut veneer Josh joined us after graduating with a 1st degree in 3D design. Our course was a great way to apply what he’d learned to furniture making and expand on his knowledge and making skills.

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Richard Kitchen

Richard Kitchen

Turntable console, American black walnut and aluminium “After researching a number of schools and facilities there was only one that appeared to offer the contemporary design focus, mixed materials and disciplines I needed to achieve my design and making ambitions.

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Stuart Hartigan

Stuart Hartigan

Hi-Fi stand, walnut When I first started thinking about joining the school I really just hoped that I would be able to improve my woeful woodwork skills.  I signed up for the week long taster course to work out whether

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How to Start Making Furniture

How to Start Making Furniture

So you’ve decided you want to be a furniture maker – spending your days in a workshop, coming up with great designs, building beautiful yet functional pieces from scratch. But where do you start? There’s a lot to consider, especially

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Marc Fish featured in Modern Luxury Magazine

Marc Fish featured in Modern Luxury Magazine

School Founder and Principal Marc Fish has been featured in a recent issue of Modern Luxury magazine, after showing at the Design Miami exhibition. Marc Fish is represented in the US by gallery owner Todd Merrill, who showed Marc’s Ethereal

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Alex Clough-Whelan

Alex Clough-Whelan

Rosewood desk I started the one year furniture making course directly after finishing my levels. Having had no experience in woodworking, I was somewhat overwhelmed at first. It didn’t take long, however, for me to settle in and realise I

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Marc Fish Shows at Design Miami 2018

Marc Fish Shows at Design Miami 2018

Marc Fish’s new piece, the Ethereal desk, was featured at the recent Design Miami exhibition, which ran from 4th-9th December 2018. Marc was pleased to be involved in the Todd Merrill Studio exhibition alongside artists such as Brecht Wright Gander,

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Do I Need Experience to Study Furniture Making?

Do I Need Experience to Study Furniture Making?

We recently welcomed 5 new students to our school for our September intake. They’re a great group of people from a range of different backgrounds, who all have different reasons for joining us at the school, and it goes to

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New Designers Recap: 2018

New Designers Recap: 2018

Every year, robinson house studio brings our fantastic graduates to exhibit at New Designers, the annual graduate design exhibition held in London. We think this is a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in what may be their first exhibition,

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Marc Fish’s pieces featured in Architectural Digest

Marc Fish’s pieces featured in Architectural Digest

Todd Merrill’s beautiful home was featured in a recent issue of Architectural Digest, showcasing some beautiful pieces from the designers he exhibits in his New York gallery, including three of Marc Fish’s pieces.   The foyer features a chair from

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Laurent Peacock

Laurent Peacock

Sika console table in rippled sycamore, Australian oak, and carbon fibre I did a design degree ages ago, and decided when I finished that degree that maybe it wasn’t quite what I wanted to get into, it was really competitive.

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Interview with Marc Fish, Founder & Principal

Interview with Marc Fish, Founder & Principal

How did you get into furniture making? By chance, I used to restore classic cars and got into welding and metal fabrication. I started making sculptures and furniture in metal. I had some early success but when this dried up

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Why study in Sussex | Trips to London

Why study in Sussex | Trips to London

If you’re thinking about taking a course in furniture design and furniture making, it’s a good idea to take into account the location of the school. It’s such an important factor, since you’ll be living there for a considerable amout

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Interview with Chris Funnell, Maker

Interview with Chris Funnell, Maker

How did you get into furniture making? Straight after I had finished my last exam at school I saw an advert for a furniture assembler and thought I would apply. I got the job and started straight away. The job

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Wood Carving Weekend Class

Wood Carving Weekend Class

Taught by Roy James Martin, a professional wood carver, working on commissions and projects who has been carving wood for over 30 years.
Next course: TBC
Cost: £295

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Martin Bell

Martin Bell

Box with herringbone pattern in wenge As a joiner with a background in design, I have always loved to make things, having an idea and bringing it to life, often then deciding that I could have made it slightly better

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Sally Banks

Sally Banks Sideboard

Blackened ash and bleached walnut low table After discovering a passion for woodwork I made the terrifying decision to pursue quite a dramatic career change. I visited several training providers but within a few minutes of being at RHS I

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Martin Jelinek

Martin Jelinek

Side/hall table in walnut, anigre, ebony I started my 50 week course after nearly four decades working in I.T. I have always liked making things and a furniture creation course seemed like the ideal way to improve my skills and

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Michel Tellings

Michel Tellings

Desk Zebrano and rosewood Coming from a business background I was a complete newcomer to woodworking and cabinet-making. Enrolling on Marc Fish’s training program was a bit of a leap in the dark mainly inspired by my wish to create

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Simon Robson

Simon Robson

Side table in walnut, bronze and bog oak I wanted to take the chance to say that it’s been a steep learning curve that I took, and I questioned it constantly. I truly can say that without the style of

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Richard Warmisham

Richard Warmisham

Chest of drawers in fumed oak and red Corian I came to furniture making later in life than most fellow students on my course. Having left a career in political research I signed up for the fifty week designer maker

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Ola Leander

Ola Leander

Desk in walnut, paint, and steel I had been working in construction for almost ten years when I decided to steer towards furniture. After having done that for a few years, I reached a plateau. I did not develop my

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Thibaut Degenne

Thibaut Degenne

Columbus cigar humidor in rosewood, ebony, glass, Spanish cedar, and pau Amarillo My year course at Robinson House Studio has been a very valuable experience thanks to the high quality learning environment that Marc Fish offers to his students, Marc

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Gordon White

Gordon White

Bedside cabinet – one of a pair in rippled sycamore Having worked in Software Engineering for a lifetime, I wanted to develop practical skills with tangible results and hopefully make something I could be proud of. The course has provided

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Kris Lamba

Kris Lamba

Coffee table in imbuia, bronze, rippled sycamore For me personally, conceiving and making furniture is about so much more than being a wood worker. I’ve always had a strong appreciation for design and after an informal chat with Marc, it

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Nigel Rose

Nigel Rose

Spider table in walnut & glass I completed a short course with Marc with a specific aim of defining how to turn a long standing idea into reality. However what I came away with was much more than I ever

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Lubica Patekova

Lubica Patekova

Sputnik1 Stool, 4000 year old bog oak I had completed one year of furniture design and maker’s diploma at Robinson House Studio (Marc Fish) at Brighton. Prior to embarking on the course, my background experience and academics was in architecture.

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Chris Coane

Chris Coane

Desk in ebonised oak, copper, and leather Chris joined us after doing degree in product design. He was looking to get practical experience in the actual making of furniture. Chris has now started his own cabinet making business and started

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Rhys Gillard

Rhys Gillard

Walnut bench After 10 years building scenery for theatre I decided to change careers and attended the 12 week fine furniture making course with Marc.

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Darren Hancock

Darren Hancock

Record turntable cabinet in walnut and birch I joined ‘robinson house studio’ on the fifty-week course with a real desire to get hands-on making experience and to build-up a portfolio of projects that would take me onto the next step

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Dan Ryder Cook

Dan Ryder Cook

During my time at Robinson house studio I learnt how to combine traditional making techniques with modern design.

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Tim Evershed

Tim Evershed

Pair of boxes I was working at a luxury yacht building company when I decided I wanted to develop my hand skills, and after musing over a few different 12 week courses, I decided that Marc’s looked the most comprehensive.

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James Linard

James Linard

Low table, oak and concrete I worked for many years in Theatre production, as a scenic artist. It was a very varied and interesting job in which I learnt a lot about design and construction and developed a keen interest

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Adam Attewell

Student work at robinson house studio

Credenza pear and fumed oak Spending a year at Robinson House Studio instilled a confidence in my ability as a craftsman. I chose to come do a course instead of taking a more conventional approach to higher education like University.

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