Welcome to Osum Studio. We believe in innovation, not imitation as we strip back our inherited environment, challenge preconceptions and create unique, people centred designs.
Our name ‘Osum' is derived from 'Corpus Callosum’, the core that connects the brain’s practical and creative sides. We believe both are critical for relevant design. The fact that it sounds a little like ‘awesome’ may be purely coincidental!
Our designs are the accumulation of exploration through behaviour analysis, freehand sketching, CAD, material testing and prototyping. Every stage of the design process is measured against our end goal, to eventually design products that are ‘Planet Positive’.
By uniquely blending hand crafted skills, with modern volume production techniques, we create high quality beautiful simplicity, almost sculptural designs, that celebrate the properties of the materials used, resulting in timeless elegant pieces to be enjoyed for many years to come.
Where it started
The journey as a designer for Osum's founder, Rob, started back in 1992 when he graduated from a Furniture Design Degree. It was a course with a focus on functional design with the emphasis on volume production. It was here that he started to understand the depth and complexity of furniture design & question why quality design seems to be the reserve of the high end market.
Since graduating, his curiosity has taken him on a creative adventure. He has enjoyed designing commercial interiors & specifying design lead furniture from leading global brands. He has also had the privilege of training under one of The Guild of Master Craftsman’s cabinet makers in a tiny workshop in the depths of Hampshire's beautiful New Forest.
Applying the best qualities he has learnt over this journey, Rob has created Osum Studio to bring to you fresh & original product solutions. Whist being designed for volume production, his unique designs possess a sculptural quality, originality, functionality & elegance.
At Osum, we believe it is our shared responsibility with the design community to create a wider choice of products that have a positive impact on both the end user and the planet.
We don’t think of sustainability and profit as contradictions. We embrace the idea of a triple bottom line, measuring our success not just on economic performance but also the impact we have on people and the planet.
Our designs are the accumulation of exploration through behaviour analysis, freehand sketching, CAD, material testing and prototyping. Every stage of the design process is measured against our goal, to be ‘Planet Positive’. That is why material sourcing, manufacturing, waste management, distribution and storage are just as significant in our design process as the final solution.
With Osum products, you can be assured that:
100% of the woods used in our products are sourced from sustainably managed forests (Forest Stewardship Council).
Packaging is recycled or is recyclable itself.
Our products are designed, made and crafted to the highest quality to maximise their life span to counter the disposable and waste culture.
In addition, we aim to design products whose components can be easily replaced, dismantled and recycled to maximise a product’s useful life.
Our products are supplied as flatpack where possible. Using this space-efficient packaging method means transport CO2 emissions are minimised.
We avoid the use of harmful adhesives or finishing agents and aim to use certified natural oil mixtures, waxes and soaps as surface treatment materials and the latest water-based lacquers.
Our manufacturing facilities are heated with waste wood chips which are burnt carbon dioxide-neutral in a biomass heating system.
Our goal to be Planet Positive is yet to be realised. By supporting us in this endeavour, you will be joining us in the journey to be part of the solution.
craft & Quality
In volume produced product, it can hard to recognise and appreciate the craftsmanship and quality that has been evident throughout the design, development & manufacturing process.
At Osum, our designer craftsmen apply their hand crafts and traditions with pride to each product, ensuring the highest quality finish. We see modern production processes simply as a natural extension to traditional tools. When used knowledgeably and sensitively, it is the tool that takes over costly manual processes without losing the sensitivity for the materials or finish.
We choose our materials for their beauty, purity and honesty, applying traditional crafts throughout the design and production process, all the way to the hand finishing of each piece.
We keep our prices reasonable considering the complexity of the manufacturing process. We will always charge a fair price for our products, given the cost of materials and production.
Osum builds on the best from our past with the innovations of today so more people can enjoy high quality design.