Hyrst Film

It’s not that easy to describe Hyrst. It’s an unusual business. Indeed, we work hard to avoid ‘business as usual’. We make and sell solid wood furniture and homeware but take an unorthodox approach.

We felt that a Hyrst film might help to explain.

It tells the story. Shows the places where we work and live, as well as the people who have helped to shape the business – a social enterprise.


Thanks very much to the marvellous With Love Project for helping us to make the film.

Good for people, good for the planet

Hyrst film transcript



People are so much more aware of their buying power today. When we buy food or clothes, we often now question where and how they are made, and who makes them.

But those questions are asked less about furniture and other items for the home.

We want to change that.

We started Hyrst as a social enterprise to make low impact, beautiful furniture and homeware accessible to more people.

We’re doing this by using the resources on our doorstep, here on the Suffolk coast, drawing on the people and skills of our own community.

At the heart of our business is a partnership with Warren Hill, a category C men’s prison close to the Hyrst studio.

Dan Clarke – Industries Manager, HMP Warren Hill

The workshop here at HMP Warren Hill allows prisoners to use their time constructively, but also allows them to learn a new set of skills.

Hyrst bring new designs to the workshop, and pay the market rate for the items made. Any income generated is used to fund further training qualifications that will upskill prisoners in preparation for their release.


We also work closely with makers outside the prison, like Ben, a master furniture maker.

Some of the furniture we produce is made jointly by Ben and by Warren Hill, bringing those two elements of the local community together in a single product.

By combining traditional craft with modern techniques, we make furniture that can be flat-packed but which will still be beautiful and usable in 20 years’ time.

We work mostly in wood, only using timber from carefully managed British woodlands and certified growers in Europe.

It’s this love of wood that gives us our name, Hyrst, an old English word for wooded copse, a patch of woodland.

Everything we buy or use has an impact. But at Hyrst we’re using a radical approach to design, materials and manufacturing, to have the lowest impact on nature and the environment that we possibly can.

We want to create products that are good for people and good for the planet.

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