Scot Laughton first made his name in the 1980s when Time named his arrow-shaped Strala light on its list of top 10 designs for 1987. This award-winning “Shijia Village Farmhouse Furniture" project featured in Beyond by Lexus Magazine was designed to improve the lives of the rural population in China. All the pieces are produced from locally sourced chinaberry wood and contain no nuts, bolts or screws, utilizing their traditional carpentry skills. It demonstrates and re-connects how familiar wood working techniques and materials can be used to create modern designs suitable to their needs and harsh conditions. Scot and I spent an afternoon in Zhongshan where the craftsman was prototyping the furniture.