about par-avion co.


Photo of Simon Cass (left) working on a pi stool in the par-avion co. workshop, and Monica (right) weaving a Tau Tray with willow skein.


par-avion co. is a Norfolk, UK based furniture and design collective rooted in sustainability and operating under a zero waste economy.  It was founded in 2013 by Simon and Monica Cass, but is currently operating as a sole trader under Monica.   She is joined by other artists and makers, collectively representing a breadth of work spanning architecture, woodworking, seat weaving, woodturning, papercutting, basketry and mobile making.

par-avion co. uses natural and regenerative materials which are carefully & often locally sourced.  All packaging is 100% recyclable, reusable or biodegradable.  par-avion co. is pledged to be Carbon Net Zero by 2030.

"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."


Design Guild Mark logo
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. 
Heritage Crafts Association
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
Crafts Council Directory Logo
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.
Acid Logo
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
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. ⁠