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It is carved from English lime, the favoured wood of 17th century carver Grinling Gibbons, and having been originally conceived as a breakfast table Mr Makepeace feels his design is now a sculptural expression combining function and wit.

And these two attributes are to the fore with the Makepeace team’s latest commission, to design a collection of “landscape furniture” for a client’s wooded garden in California.

John Makepeace is also working on restoring one of Beaminster, Dorset’s most historic town houses where an architecturally designed studio and furniture workshop should be completed by the end of the year.