Manifesto

Concept

The concept of ‘The Gentleman Furniture Maker’ describes something essential but very ordinary. It is rooted in the desire to work with tangible things in this abstract time. Working with ones’ hands to make something unique is increasingly rare and over the years this work has taught me the lasting value of a good transaction.

While this of course involves financial exchange, what often goes unnoticed is that we are also trading in our personal currencies of learning and of dialogue. Your lifelong engagement with work and reward empowers you to engage me to undergo the same process. We keep our money cycling locally and we remain grounded in this simple human process of exchange.

Without making too much of it, it is an ethical position; in my experience, the making of furniture and the like requires an immediate return to what is ‘true’. Chairs look good, or they don’t. They are comfortable or they are not. They last 100 years or they don’t.

As well as the self evident truth in the made thing – client and maker are, at times, quite intimately related through this process of making something unique. This process should be enjoyable, challenging, co-creative and deeply satisfying.

The Gentleman Furniture Maker is an idea and an ideal. He is embodied by many people, in many different ways and he represents the good quality of being that the well made thing requires its maker to express.

Process

We live to be making things, and it is our pleasure to be able to provide a service where you can receive a visit to discuss form, function and detail. We provide a full design, construction and installation service, and a quote is always free.

 

Materials

We always use environmentally considered materials and finishes. Other aspects of the business are also environmentally considered, for example all our printing for marketing and advertising is carbon neutral with Impact Digital, but where we can, we use the internet instead.

Design aesthetic

We have strong modern leanings, but recognise the value and inescapable influence of the historical origin of our contemporary forms. We are also always happy to re-interpret and re-use the traditional styles that are the ground from which we have grown. For example, the classically ornate traditional pre -Victorian forms provided the backdrop for the growth of the clean cut, timeless Shaker movement in early America, which in turn contributed to the development of the tremendously influential Danish design explosion of the 20th Century. We love all these periods of history and are happy working within the constraints of all these styles.

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