Collection by Olivia Martin

Aaron Probyn

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Enterprising British designer Aaron Probyn crafts minimalist kitchenware for mega-retailers like West Elm and Habitat. “It’s important for me to pair up with the right manufacturers, as the execution is crucial to the end result,” he says. Originally a carpenter, Probyn began exploring design by refurbishing midcentury housewares and selling them in London’s Portobello Market. Using the proceeds, he went to Kingston University, then landed a short stint with Habitat under Tom Dixon and another with Conran before establishing his own studio. Crate & Barrel approached him to create Orb barware, a collection of organic, slightly mismatched metal pieces. His latest endeavor skews a bit larger than the tabletop: He built a house for his family.

Probyn's Orb barware set for Crate & Barrel.
Orb bar tools for Crate & Barrel.
Probyn designed these Flint knives for Habitat in 2007.
Normann cutlery for Normann Copenhagen.
Rim clock for Habitat.
British designer Aaron Probyn started his career by refurbishing midcentury housewares and selling them in London's…
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