27 April 2017 By Tash Ellens
RaymentWire design and hand craft all of their projects ranging from intricate garden furniture to bespoke rooftop trellises. We've chosen one of their beautiful Victorian hanging baskets as the centrepiece for our National Trust Ickworth greenhouse at Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
We've spoken to Adrian Rayment, founder of RaymentWire, to find out a bit more about the business.
Tell us a bit about you?
I grew up in South East Kent, when I left school I did a year pre-arts at Canterbury University. At the age of 17 I started a 4-year apprenticeship in Wirework Design and Crafting - at the time it was unusual and was probably the last of its kind.
What inspired you to start RaymentWire?
Part of my apprenticeship was to research the origins of wirework history and design, at which point I realised there was more to wirework than just period planters. I amassed a substantial reference of period French and Victorian designs. At the rather unexpected retirement of my mentor and subsequent unemployed status, I pursued a qualification for a government scheme to start up a business and created Rayment Wirework Specialists.
Who works with you on the projects?
At the moment it's just my wife, Sally and I at HooFarm Workshop. Sally studied fine arts at Gold Smiths and has extensive experience in set design and bespoke carpentry. What makes us unique is the bespoke body of work we create here, we work together and individually on projects allowing us to enhance them with our own areas of expertise.
Do you have any standard products on offer?
RaymentWire has a range of planters, structures and furniture designs, period and contemporary. Each design is handcrafted to order. A large percentage of HooFarms working schedule is bespoke.
How did you come up with the design for the hanging basket on our Chelsea Stand?
The large hanging basket is an absolute replica of an original Victorian hanging basket, down to the last wire. Placed side by side, even though a hundred years apart, the baskets would be indistinguishable.
How long did it take you to make?
The Victorian basket takes 1.5 days to craft. Lead times can vary greatly; we try to be as accurate as possible with lead times on quotation.
How should we look after our wire basket?
Our antique finish needs little up-keep, in fact with normal usage the finish improves over time. All our baskets are handcrafted from grade A galvanised wire.
You can find out more about RaymentWire and their projects on their website www.raymentwire.com. To find out what we've decided to plant in the hanging basket, stop by our stand at Chelsea Flower Show we're on Main Avenue, number 334.