Fabien Cappello

Christmas Tree Table,
Fabien Cappello, 2011.
Photo: Nick Moss


Pewter Stool,
Max Lamb, 2006.
Photo: Nick Moss

Fabien Cappello /

Fabien Cappello is a furniture designer interested in the creative use of local resources and manufacturing, and their potential for social infrastructure. His approach to design is highly collaborative: "I connect ideas, people and local materials", absorbing the culture and context around him and melding it into his work. "I like my projects to stem from a connection with specific contexts and the people I collaborate with. I'm not interested in abstract ideas." Many of his projects have involved surveying and mapping local resources, often identifying what is not used or valued, and drawing out unexpected qualities.

Cappello graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2009, where his graduate show included an investigation into the finite economy of Christmas trees, creating furniture from the discarded wood.

Brent Dzekciorius on Christmas Tree Table "Underscoring his wider interest in mapping design via local resource and manufacturing methods, Cappello's Christmas Tree Project exploits a discarded material, expanding Christmas trees' seemingly finite economy by upcycling them into elegantly joined, rough-hewn furnishings in a project that could have a profound impact on maintaining and even expanding regional craft traditions."

Michael Marriott on Christmas Tree Table "This is a project built around the observation of the annual January dumping of Christmas trees on the streets of London. The resourcefulness that brought this rich source to surface as furniture-making material is also apparent in the construction and feel of the finished pieces. The 'M&W' joints between the different stumps provide an odd and interesting way of connecting the slices of different trunks, both structurally and aesthetically."

play film

Signatures - Fabien Cappello
Film and Sound: Federico Urdaneta
2012, 2'