Earlier this year we welcomed the Little Tree Furniture company and its eclectic products into our stores and online.
Owned by husband and wife Neil and Aimee Buckley-Jensen, this family-run business was born after a life-changing trip to India, where the pair were fascinated by the country’s craft culture and eastern wonders.
Upon their return to the UK they decided to launch a company which specialises in the creation of beautiful and distinctive furniture that’s made in an environmentally sustainable way.
Creating unique pieces of furniture from a wide range of sources, the company has a real ethos of using reused and recycled wood wherever possible.
Reusing wood that’s sometimes 100 years old means that each and every piece is truly unique, and the hand-made process means that not only is each and every piece cared for with love, effort and attention but will that wood is given a new lease of life as quality furniture that will last for decades.
As part of the ethos Aimee and Neil hold so close to their hearts is the ‘wood working with a conscience’ aspect of the company. This means, that whenever, wherever and as much as possible they will try and source reclaimed wood – good news for your furniture and good news for the planet. When this happens most of the wood is anywhere between 75-150 years old with its own unique story to tell, and it’s not only land that the wood comes from, pieces have been known to be forged from fortress doors and old fishing boats.
This fantastic element ensures that every individual item tells a fantastic story which can stay in your family for years.
Neil and Aimee employ a team of highly-skilled craftsmen and carpenters, which they consider extended family, both here in the UK and in India. The carpentry yards in India were specifically chosen by this dynamic duo due to their colonial tools and traditional woodworking methods; promoting both authentic joinery techniques and the heritage behind the British company –meaning the end product is a fusion unlike anything else.
And, if you’re wanting even more of the feel-good-factor, then you’ll be delighted to know that Little Tree Furniture gives back to the communities who help and support them. On this side of the world, the business works with local schools and charities. It also sponsors an English school football team and together they’re working to build links with schools and orphanages in India, with a constant push on helping children in both locations.
Here at Barker and Stonehouse we’ve become huge fans of the work they do, and the fact, that like us, they’re a family-run business. Take a look below to see a selection of their products that you can buy from Barker and Stonehouse:
Upcycled to the max, this stunning TV Unit is perfect for anyone wanting to add rustic charm to their home. As the name suggests, there is a nautical theme to the Mary Rose, as the hardwood used to create this colourful furniture was taken from reclaimed fishing boat timbers, with some of the wood being more than 150 years old and still bearing its natural colouring and markings.
Named after Neil’s wife and one half of Little Tree Furniture, the Aimee sideboard is truly unique. The intricate door panels on this item have been taken from Indian fortress doors which are anywhere between 150-200 years old, bringing you a true piece of history. Perfect for any design led home, the Aimee 2 door sideboard is a must have.
Bring a piece of India home with you, quite literally – as the wood used in this table was part of housing and general premises. Under normal circumstances, this kind of timber would have been destroyed but luckily thanks to the ‘wood working with a conscience’ ethos it has now been transformed into a gorgeous coffee table that will be a real talking point in your home for years to come.