I've always been amazed with what can be created through the process of steam bending wood. When it's utilized in the contemporary design world, as with the work of Cornwall-based furniture and lighting designer Tom Raffield, the results are especially stunning. His work is "based on beauty, integrity and a desire to create unique, high-specification products that will be cherished by their owner." It's a tall order, but one that I think Raffield achieves quite nicely. See more on his website.