When fashion designer Paul Smith wanted a garden shed, he didn't choose one from his local hardware store. Instead, he asked London furniture maker Nathalie de Leval to build his ideal shed. The result is a stunning, prefab shelter made with FSC-certified American hardwood that rotates to chase natural light.
Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her contemporary craftsmanship and hands on attitude in a highly commercialized world. Designed for a spot atop a hill, it has the ability to rotate, allowing for “perennial sun-chasing, making it the ideal room with a view,” said the iconic designer.
The stunning shed, which boasts an entire glazed end and interiors by Smith, measures 10′ by 10′, the same size as the designer’s first shop in Nottingham. It was crafted from American hardwoods, sustainable woods that boast a minimal environmental impact at all stages, from extraction, through processing, use, reuse and final disposal.
This beautifully simple shed was made as part as Wish List project, a project by the American Hardwood Export Council, Sir Terence Conran, and Benchmark Furniture, and will be exhibited at the V&A during the upcoming London Design Festival.
Photos by Petr Krejci