MADE IN BRITAIN
The Darcey Table is by Steuart Padwick for Benchmark Furniture which was set up by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe in 2004. Like all of Benchmark's pieces, it is made by hand in the company's workshop in Kintbury, west Berkshire. Benchmark Sources its materials locally, the timber (it is a very woody company) is all FSC certified, and you can see the full range in the showroom next door to where it's made. Not only does Benchmark wrk with designers including Thomas Heatherwick, Shin Azumi and Kay + Stemmer, it also has a strong in-house design team that produces its own work. The table is available in walnut (below, from £2,550) and oak, from £2,165 (01488-608020; benchmarkfurniture.com).