The kitchen table is the focal point of our home here on the Suffolk coast. It’s where we first gather each morning. Where we share laughter, stories, make plans. Where we help our son, Bruno, with his homework.

It’s important to us that we know where and how this table – this product at the heart of our home – was made.

We know where the sycamore tree that became our table was felled, in the course of ‘thinning’, a woodland management process that harvests mature trees, allowing increased light into the woodland and enabling younger trees to grow and thrive. We can trace the sycamore’s journey to Suffolk. We know how the wood was dried and made good for working.

And we know the master furniture maker, Ben, who made the table in his workshop just up the road – with his decades of expertise, knowledge, wisdom.

We know this table will last.

One day Bruno will use it in a home of his own.

We started Hyrst to share this process, to offer a sustainable alternative. To create beautiful, traceable furniture and homewares, made close to home. With every detail considered, obsessed over.

 

WORKING WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Hyrst is a social enterprise, a not-for-profit company in which any surplus income is put back into the business. We work closely with local makers like Ben and we also work in partnership with HMP Warren Hill, a category C men’s prison near the Hyrst studio.

We take new designs to Warren Hill, and pay the market rate for the items made in the woodshop at the prison. This income is then used by Warren Hill to fund training qualifications that will upskill residents in preparation for their release.

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

That’s it, the full story. Creating products that are good for people and good for the planet.

Please do get in touch if you want to know more about Hyrst and how we work, or sign up for the Hyrst newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on what we’re up to, along with any other creative stuff that piques our interest.

p.s. the name, Hyrst. It’s an Old English word for copse, the woods.

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