par-avion co. is a design partnership consisting of Simon and Monica Cass. Our backgrounds in furniture making and architecture provide the backbone of our designs, which combine traditional craft and modern styling to create unique pieces. Our signature ‘pi collection’ embodies aspects of furniture making, wood turning, basket making, seat weaving, wood carving and pottery.
Our aim is to design and make good quality products for a reasonable price. We are not interested in transient fads and fashions; we hope what we make is timeless and will be treasured for many years to come.
The original pi stool, designed by Simon Cass, was awarded Design Guild Mark
#253 by the Worship Company of Furniture Makers in 2021. The Mark recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings in volume production and is judged by an independent body of renowned judges.
In 2021 we were awarded one of nine Endangered Craft Funds to teach willow skeining and seat weaving from the Heritage Crafts Association
. The grant, which was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation, provides the a viable opportunity to pass on skills that could otherwise be lost. The HCA has been an invaluable tool for research and is a vital advocate for skilled makers and heritage craft viability in the U.K
Founded in 1972, the Crafts Council is the national charity for craft. They support makers & businesses and champion craft of all kinds through exhibitions, research, publications as well as learning & outreach initiatives. The Crafts Council Directory
provides a database of over 800 craftspeople from across the UK, and we are one of them.
Our designs are protected by our membership of ACID
. All intellectual property rights in our designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of par-avion co. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.
Room to Read
is a global organisation transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. We are proud supporters of Room to Read, with 5% of all of our sales going to their initiatives.