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For bespoke furniture, Ben Whistler’s design studio in Chelsea Harbour is an address to know. It has a good made-to-order range, but particularly excels at customizing upholstery to tight deadlines.
Unit R9/R10, Redloh House, 2 Michael Rd, London SW6 (benwhistler.com)
Habitat creative director Polly Dickens is a fan of this bespokr furniture maker. ‘We commissioned Dan Foster of Country Shaker to make a peg rail to run the length of our hallway,’ she says. ‘His speciality is Shaker furniture in a variety of finishes and styles, all expertly made and economical.’
Unit 4, Manor Farm Trading Estate, Gillingham SP8 (countryshaker.co.uk)
East London Furniture Company
Contemporary woodworker Christian Dillon and his team create pieces from timber found in and around the capital, turning discarded materials into original tables, chairs and lighting. You can buy in store or online; the team also accept private commissions.
46 Willow Walk, London SE1 (eastlondonfurniture.co.uk)
Lulu Roper-Caldbeck of contemporary design store Darkroom has turned to furniture designers Pam West and Matt Edmonds at Frank a number of times over the years. ‘When we initially set up our shop, the pair designed and built our bespoke shelving, cash desk and jewellery cabinets, and they’re now involved in the fitting of our forthcoming Selfridges outlet,’ she says. As well as commercial work, the team at Frank can carry out bespoke projects for individual clients, from working on small pieces of furniture to building larger-scale commissions.
Based in East London’s Dalston, this bespoke furniture-making studio fuses contemporary style with a mixture of organic forms (see picture). Neal is definitely a name to watch – in recent years, he has created extendable tables for furniture giant SCP and iron lighting with Made by the Forge. He has also designed a carved wooden water carafe with architect and designer Zaha Hadid; you’ll be in good hands at his studio.
Unit 3, 89a Shacklewell Lane, London E8 (garethneal.co.uk)
This East London furniture maker’s strengths are, in his own words, ‘attention to detail, practicality and craft’. His finely made wooden pieces – which include stools, benches, shelving and tables – bear out this claim. Cox also crafts bespoke storage solutions for private homes.
Hendzel + Hunt
The goal of this dynamic, multidisciplinary design team is to combine creative flair with engineering skill. The company uses locally sourced waste materials to build beautiful furniture both for its own range, ‘Made in Peckham’, and for commissions. The result? Original pieces that are also ecologically sound.
Unit 4, 9 Gowlett Road, London SE15 (hendzelandhunt.com)
Leeside Wood Recycling Project
One of London’s best sources of reclaimed wood, this East London-based workshop supplies timber to individuals and businesses, and can make and fit wooden outdoor furniture to your exact specification.
Lochnagar Street, London E14 (lwrp.org.uk)
Designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire (aka interiors brand Mini Moderns) speak highly of furniture maker Liam Treanor, whom they have encountered at various trade shows over the years. They say: ‘Liam manages to combine the quality of a true craftsman with mid-century influences, and traditional British woodworking with a Scandinavian modern aesthetic.’ Visit Treanor’s South London workshop to find out for yourself.
Studio TB-08, Telegraph Building, Harrington Way, London SE18 (liamtreanor.co.uk)
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