SHY design studio primarily produce furniture and products, as well as providing creative direction and project management within the art and design industry. We carry values of simplicity and sustainability close to our hearts and reflect this with refined interpretations of traditional archetypes. Our use of natural materials and strong forms provide lasting works to our quality conscious clientele.
Our most frequently asked question is, what’s the story behind the name SHY? Our start was made freelancing for a handful of ateliers working in the collectible furniture niche, which is where our experience also lay. Artists/designers often require discretion regarding our role in the design and production process, as well as the carefully selected artisans who are able to produce specialised work. Naturally we couldn’t shout about what we were working on or for who, as such we quickly became known as the SHY Design Studio. In late 2019 we began producing our own pieces under this brand, and we think SHY somehow perfectly reflects our own quiet style.
Our surroundings directly affect our wellbeing, we incite this with understated but engaging and tactile objects. We take no interest in trends, instead creating works that we want to live with ourselves, quiet design that endures. We continue our work assisting other studios to realise their own conceptual ideas. Our relationships take us between London and Sweden, where we lived and worked for several years, but we now create predominantly from our studio in Glasgow, Scotland.
SHY pieces are principally made to order, ensuring nothing is ever made which doesn’t have a home, created to our exacting standards from our Glasgow workshop. Works and limited edition objects are made by us in house to execute the attention to detail and craftsmanship ensuring longevity. We use carefully selected materials from sustainable sources, typically found close to the shores they’re made on. Pieces are then stamped or engraved with our mark of authenticity.
We use natural dyes, waxes and oils that allow us to champion the subtlety of the raw materials we are using, integral to our aesthetic. These do not harm our environment and are easy to maintain indefinitely. Wood and leather pieces use traditional Scandinavian finishes which allow the material to breathe well and offer superior protection, without diminishing the delicacy of grain and colour. Natural finishes allow pieces to age and patina over time, continuing to add new layers of depth to their beauty. The patina of metal pieces can be nurtured with use or the original finish can easily be maintained with periodic polishing. Specific directions will be included with each individual product.
If an alternative finish is desired, or for maintenance advice and instruction, please see our care page or get in touch with us.
All our standard boxes, fillers and packaging are made using 100% recycled materials. Some products require the use of specialist protection and timber crating for transport, all materials are recyclable. Please reuse or recycle packaging where possible.