London based Sam Johnson has charming, quirky and refined designs which we should all make efforts to bring to the States. He brings modern sensibilities to old-school techniques (such as laser cut marquetry–allowing mass production) to create designs that are both well made and beautiful. My favorite piece is the “light reading” design which is a lamp which blends in amongst your books until you turn it on and it illuminates from the inside, revealing the title of the book. Clever and useful. His works are available from Thorsten Van Elten.
Johnson has also collaborated with Richard Shed (see below) on projects (most notably, Dovetail & Screw-head tape).