I started making furniture in the nineties from a draughty old barn in rural Dorset. Initially, side by side with my brother, we concentrated on free standing pieces in the country style. Having grown up the son of an antique furniture dealer, climbing around old sheds of dilapidated, cobweb encrusted pieces in various states of repair it might come as no surprise that I ended up designing and making furniture.
The antique country furniture world of the 70s and 80s was a strange one. All you needed, it seemed, was a pair of corduroys, a rusty Volvo with a roof rack, a shop you almost never opened and a tea cup that hadn't been cleaned for almost as long as the antique furniture you had piled up in some old barn somewhere.
Initially I worked in antique restoration in England as well as in Sydney, Australia and then for a time in LA. After setting up on my own in the late nineties my focus changed to design and making, by commission only, new pieces in hard wood in a variety of styles. Fitted furniture has become a major part of my work, particularly kitchens, utility rooms, bedrooms and home offices. That is not to say that we only make fitted furniture; I still very much enjoy making free standing furniture either as part of a whole (such as a kitchen) or something that stands on its own.
So here I have come full circle, working out of an old barn and making what I hope might one day become one or two antiques of the future - and, I have not had a Volvo with a roof rack for years, and we do wash the tea cups, occasionally.