Bespoke and Handmade Furniture

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And so to Bed

Founded more than 30 years ago as a specialist in fine antique beds. When demand outstripped supply, they began to manufacture their own designs based on traditional pieces and opened their first shop, on the Kings Road in London. Ever since then And So To Bed’s design team has brought a special passion and spark to the world of bed design. Traditionalists at heart, they draw inspiration from a vast array of historical designs, from a Louis Philippe lit bateau to gilded Baroque styles, Gothic four posters fit for a castle to wonderful pure brass Victorian bedsteads. Alongside these antique-inspired pieces, they also have timeless classics, perfect for contemporary interiors. From the simplest design to the grandest fantasy, their luxury beds are heirlooms; hand made and hand finished by artisans who are devoted to their craft. There is a breathtaking variety of polished wood, veneers and bespoke paint finishes available. Complementing their beds, they offer beautiful bedroom furniture in an eclectic range of styles as well as all the finishing touches; from lamps and throws to luxurious bed linens, pillows and duvets. And So To Bed also specialises in mattresses and divans, offering the very best selection of quality ranges. The dedicated mattress area in every showroom is staffed by highly trained experts who will help you make the perfect choice for the best night’s sleep of your life. They hope you enjoy this website, and look forward to discussing how they can make your dream bedroom a reality.

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Farmhouse Furniture

Family run business that has been established for 25 years. They are based in Brentwood, Essex but offer their furniture and design services to customers from all around the UK. They have a passion for designing and producing beautiful bespoke wooden furniture using only the finest quality new and reclaimed materials. They pride themselves on good workmanship, attention to detail and strive for perfection. They can honestly say they love what they do and hope this shows in the furniture they produce. Furniture building is a skill that they have passed down from generation to generation in their family and using the finest quality wood, a unique design along with old techniques helps them to produce the finest traditional and contemporary furniture in the UK. They have built up an exceptional reputation with their customers and will always continue to offer the best variety in farmhouse furniture.

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Galapagos Furniture

How they became the company that made vintage style modern: in 2012 the seed of an idea was sown; having just moved to an apartment in a Victorian school in east London, Galapagos founder Lucy Mortimer and her creative partner in crime, Phil, set about furnishing furniture bought on eBay that they really, truly loved; Lucy had her heart set on a small 1950’s chair that needed some TLC and a makeover, but getting it from Germany to London via a good upholsterer seemed logistically crazy for someone working full time. Since then, the business has grown into a strong emerging brand, making furniture in two locations (Surrey and Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire), featured regularly in the Evening Standard, The Times, The FT, and Grand Designs, and supplying bespoke Midcentury furniture direct to customers and retailers throughout the UK. They also launched their first range of newly-made furniture at Decorex in 2015, which they’re proud to be supplying to restaurants and interior design projects, and this collection continues to grow too. They’re still growing and building their Galapagos community, and they’ve a long way to go, but they hope you’ll be part of it and join them in changing the way we buy, make and treasure vintage furniture.

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I and JL Brown

Ian and Joyce Brown established the company some 30 years ago specialising in English country antique chairs. The company soon grew to include a workshop to produce the bespoke items that were increasingly being commissioned. Today I & JL Brown is a family business recognised around the world not only for their unparalleled collection of English and French country furniture but for the skill of their craftsmen and the quality and variety of furniture that they make. Antiques remain an important part of their heritage and they continue to hand pick interesting and unusual examples from the UK and Europe to complement their London and Hereford showrooms. Their furniture is built and finished by hand in their own Herefordshire workshops. They use only the finest, hand selected timbers which can then be stained, painted and distressed to your own specifications. Their trained and knowledgeable team can help you with all the design options that they offer. For example the same table can look quite different if made to suit a contemporary setting with clean lines and a light distress than if ordered in a more heavily distressed finished for a traditional home. Think of it as having your own design team at your disposal willing to make you that one piece of furniture you have always had in your mind but just can't find. They use their wealth of antiques, museum pieces and historical documents as inspiration for new designs and so are more than happy to tackle any unsual request that you may have. They also carry an ever changing eclectic mix of lighting, decorative objects, furnishing fabrics and gifts for the home that they carefully hand pick and select from around the world.

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Meadow Made Vintage

The frustration that comes from searching for many a day at antique fairs and shops, discovering that wonderful vintage shelving unit you'd been looking for for years ... and it was just too big to squeeze onto the dining room wall. Finding a lovely plate rack ... only to discover your plates won't fit. Tired of finding things that were 'not quite right', they decided to start making their own. Then it began, vintage styled shelves with the correct space to display their pretty vintage finds. Being able to walk through the hall without side stepping crab-like because now they have a side unit that actually fits their hall. Walking around their home with a sense of internal pleasure stemming from the fact that every room has furniture and accessories that just look ... at home, in their home. They discovered many others had the same problem, it's OK to want things in a different colour, a bit bigger or smaller. So that's what Meadow Made Vintage is all about, providing customers with custom made furniture and pretty vintage accessories that fit and look ... at home.

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Odd Chair Company (The)

They hand make all their furniture, drawing upon 100 years of cabinet making and upholstery knowledge. Their frames are made using solid timber that is of the highest quality - each is dowelled, glued, screwed and corner blocked, hence why they guarantee them for 40 years. They use the finest materials such as hair, hessian and wool wadding and you have a choice of cushion fillings depending upon your preference. Most importantly, what comes of making chairs and sofas correctly is simply the comfort - all their chairs and sofas are fully sprung and some designs have additional comfort provided by a feather and down pack, hand-stitched over the upholstery (see for example, their Waverley armchair). Their special handmade collection comprises unique designs that are still hand carved by master carvers and lovingly hand French polished - they still very much hold to the idea that finishing by hand gives the wood a greater depth of colour and brings out the grain. They have 22 finishes available on beech, mahogany, oak or walnut; in addition, they offer water gilding and painted finishes too. Alternatively, they are able to match a stain and finish to your own furniture or sample. They offer several ways in which you can personalise your furniture from individual stud detail, valances, loose covers, fitted arm-caps and contrast piping or trims. All furniture is available with the option of fabric protection applied prior to delivery, for peace of mind.

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Oficina Inglesa

Specialising in crafting fine furniture and reproductions, Oficina Inglesa was established in 1987 and has grown to achieve international acclaim for its classic furniture range - entirely handmade, hand painted and distressed by hand in Europe. Oficina Inglesa has a London showroom in Islington and its beautiful products can be found spread over five continents. To ensure that their clients receive exclusive, highly personalised service, Oficina Inglesa offers products made from carefully selected woods and materials and they are dedicated to constantly seeking out the latest trends in finishings and design and to guaranteeing the unique, high-quality customer service that the founders of the company have painstakingly developed over the last 30 years. Oficina Inglesa aims to inspire customers by offering a full and varied range of timeless, superior quality products. As a company, they are not content with merely guaranteeing customer satisfaction; with the products in their portfolio, they seek to provide a particular lifestyle - a refined art de vivre. Managed by its founding members, Oficina Inglesa is governed by the same criteria that has made their brand a hallmark of quality and sophistication. In order to exceed expectations and surprise clients in the best possible way, their team of designers and experts are committed to meeting your needs throughout the processes of consultation, creation and delivery of all of products. To guarantee your satisfaction, they pay meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the service, from the creation of their furniture to its sale and beyond. Always putting clients first, their experienced team of designers and craftsmen apply themselves daily to the task of selecting the best models and materials to meet and exceed the individual needs of each and every client. Their passion for what they do is reflected in the number of wonderful properties in which their pieces have featured over the years.

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Tablemakers

Few people realise that a table can be individually made to your exact measurements and wood type for a cost comparable to a mass-manufactured product. Tablemakers are about contemporary solid wood tables and furniture, designed and made for you in London, England. Their philosophy is to close the gap between the identikit mass manufactured furniture and the unknown entity of the Joiner on the other extreme, to which they are more closely related. Their Showroom allows customers to immediately engage with the tablemakers aesthetic, which combines exceptional design in both style and practicality with the best quality hardwoods, each piece being individually made to suit their customers’ requirements and lasting for generations to come. Their experience in design and small scale manufacturing also allows them to offer an unrivalled and informed level of personalised customer service.

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Temper

UK based furniture design and manufacturing studio. They create handmade contemporary designs, using both traditional and modern joinery and techniques. Influenced by the complex precision of Japanese joinery and the honest manufacturing of the American Shaker workshops, combined with a love of modern construction materials, they produce usable objects with a sense of architectural permanence and fine craftsmanship. Their aim is to design without dogma and to learn from the materials through incessant experimentation – ultimately, to produce pieces that are both quietly beautiful and intellectually fascinating. The workshop, located in rural Wiltshire, is more than just a place of production. It is a laboratory. They believe that play, prototyping, risk, failure, stubbornness, flexibility and labour are all essential aspects of the design process. They also believe that the quality of the work is directly linked to the the maker’s pride in their work, something which is almost completely obliterated by the assembly line approach. This is not to say that the use of machines and modern processes is shunned (machines are better at some things than people are) but rather that they are incorporated into the workflow as tools of the craftsman to be employed where they are most effective. Not to render the maker an ‘assembler’ or button pusher. It is their aspiration that as an owner of a Temper product you know exactly what you have bought, where it has come from and the names of the people who made it. They would like you to feel as involved in the creation of your furniture as they are.

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Tom Raffield

They design and make a range of contemporary furniture and lighting that represents their beliefs, promotes good design and champions the materials they love. Each Tom Raffield product is hand-made by a skilled set of craftsmen, right here in their woodland workshop in Cornwall, England, and individually finished with the care and attention of a fine piece of art. They believe in sustainability and want to be the solution to the throw-away culture that is omni-present in many of our lives. In sharing the belief that every piece of furniture and lighting in the range must be beautiful in form and practical in function. They utilise the traditional craft of steam-bending wood to create pieces that will become harmonious in the spaces of their owners for years to come. They are ever inspired by the journey that each Tom Raffield products takes. From its infancy as a sustainably harvested piece of timber, through to the meticulous working of its form, to a finished product. Wonderfully, the narrative of each design takes on a new meaning when acting in conjunction with clients' own individual space. They have worked with many clients and on a variety of projects, from domestic settings to commercial contracts. Tom’s designs are in essence based wholly on natural and organic forms, and yet the poetry of each product works with the aesthetics of countless environments. Tom Raffield Ltd has been designing and manufacturing steam-bent, wooden lighting and furniture since 2008. Proudly hand-making each product to stand the test of time to become the cherished antiques of the future. Winner of the Lighting Design Association’s Lighting Design Award 2011.

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