Cornish furniture makers to design tables for G7

Well, it’s obviously happening, as local people are being commissioned to design tables for G7, so let’s hope the road map is working to plan.

Cornwall Council says:

The Government has enlisted the help of local Cornish furniture makers and designers to produce the meeting tables that will be used by leaders at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, showcasing the region’s design work on the world stage.

The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU – is the only forum where the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions.

Seven Cornish furniture makers from Helston to Bude have been asked to submit designs for the tables – which will all be sustainably sourced – by Tuesday, March 16.

The Prime Minister’s Office will choose the final design which will be used for group and one-to-one meetings between the leaders across the Summit and profiled in press pictures and media footage shown right around the world.

Of course, we are all interested in Bude’s design, which is to be submitted by craftsman, Max Marshall. On his Facebook page, Max said:


Last night was very exciting, as we spoke on BBC Radio Cornwall (about 38 minutes in)about being selected to submit a design for symbolic furniture for the upcoming G7 Summit.
We are delighted to have been contacted by the Cabinet Office and would like to wish all of the other makers the best of luck.
We are so lucky to live in Cornwall, surrounded by an abundance of natural resources and fantastic materials. Bude has been at the forefront of tackling climate change over the years. It is a topic that we feel very strongly about and we are proud to live and work here.
We would like to thank you all for all of the support.
In his interview, Max said he thought it was a joke when he first heard from the Cabinet Office, but once he was sent the creative brief, he knew what he wanted to do, design-wise.
Max paid tribute to other makers on the list, saying it is great to use local craftsmen for this event.
He also gave a strong mention to Bude’s ‘central hub’ of work on climate change in its community that is trying to work for sustainability.
Here is Max’s website where he tells us a little about himself and his ethos:

Max Marshall 

Inspired by design from an early age, Max was making and creating in his Grandfather’s workshop from as young as 8 years old. He has fond memories of his grandfather teaching him various wood working and cabinetry techniques; to this day his hand tools are in pride of place in the workshop. After studying woodwork at school with a strong passion and natural eye for design, Max went on to design and create the very first vision of his, the Eco Hubb; a multi-functional garden room made from sustainable materials. It was important to create something with the environment in mind that showcased modern architecture. The pod’s design focused around the use of solar panels, hemp insulation and local larch cladding.
Having received a lot of attention for the design, Max then went on to do an apprenticeship to refine and perfect his skills. Following this, years later, Max Marshall Design was created specialising in bespoke modern furniture. The business has since evolved and now also focuses on kitchens. As a small business he takes great pride in every piece and wants to provide a personal and tailor made service to every client. His designs are timeless, and focus on clean simple lines, quality, functionality and materials.
Based in Bude, Cornwall he is lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful countryside and rugged Cornish coastline, his work draws inspiration from this. His aim is to understand your vision and to create a beautiful statement piece that is loved by you.
So now Max is waiting to see who wins. Let’s hope it is the boy from Bude. Fingers firmly crossed.

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