Free Range Designs showcases innovative eco furniture made from reclaimed and environmentally friendly materials. On this site you will find a wide variety of reclaimed furniture, from king size driftwood beds and majestic slate dining room tables, to giant school storytelling chairs, funky compost toilets, and huge driftwood heart wall hangings. When you’re looking reclaimed furniture, come to Free Range Designs! Everything is handmade individually to order and we welcome bespoke designs – please contact us with any questions.
Our goal at Free Range Designs is to make beautiful, original furniture from eco-friendly materials, and to spread a positive environmental message at the same time. We take our inspiration from the natural world around us and believe in using only low impact, locally-sourced and sustainable materials. We strive to show the beauty of these materials through our furniture, allowing designs to be guided by the natural shape and form of the woods we use, and hope to encourage a respect for nature and engage people with environmentally friendly products. The name Free Range Designs symbolises our way of working, which is born of a desire to create without constraints and take a fresh approach to design and construction, with a prevailing can-do attitude.
Free Range Designs is a collective of woodworkers and craftspeople spearheaded by myself, Paul Bullen, a South African born artist who found my way to furniture-making by accident. With a background in graphic design, I have never had any formal woodworking training; I first started making rustic furniture with my older brother Nick, when we were living together in Wilderness, South Africa and continued working with him, and my younger brother Tim, when we came over to the UK in 2002. I think my lack of formal training has helped me to view furniture making as an art form, and not as a learned craft only open to the professionally-trained, and has encouraged me to experiment and take a novel approach to designing and making.
Made in beautiful Mid Wales
Our primary workshop is at Glan dyfi Farm, just around the corner from where I live with my wife and children. The farm is located in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking the Dyfi river with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background. It's a beautiful and inspiring place to work, surrounded by trees and stunning views, and just a stone’s throw away from the beach. As the business has grown we have also set up various satelite workshops to provide additional space and give us the opportunity to work with more local craftspeople.