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British Contemporary Furniture Brands have conquered new status in recent times, influential product designers are now creating new ideas and products, a more confident and polished work. Designers are taking risks bringing clean-cut, inspired or edgy pieces that are more than objects of aesthetic value.
Also, British luxury furniture can conjure images of smoke-stained chesterfield sofas, mahogany dressers or antique wood-wormed wardrobes. But the British modern furniture industry is experiencing a renaissance, combining an unparalleled history of craftsmanship, quality materials, and eccentricity, with a more modern pulse. Some incredibly skilled designers have catapulted British design up to the highest standards of the pickiest clients. Feel free to click on the topics which interest you the most.
The history of Tom Dixon as a brand goes beyond its conception in 2002. From studying pottery, a level to pursuing a career in music, to receiving an OBE in the year 2000. Tom Dixon himself has a history of creativity that has culminated in an award-winning British design brand, the Contemporary Furniture Brand has and continues to represent the heritage of British industry.
Founded by David Snowdon, formerly David Linley in 1985, Linley creates bespoke furniture with a contemporary design, as well as interiors, collectible pieces and luxury gifts and accessories, all showcasing the finest British design and craftsmanship. Almost everything is designed and made in the UK, relying on a network of 260 master craftsmen who all share David’s love of handcrafted design and attention to detail. Each piece has been created to it can be configured to meet many spaces, from an office studio to an open-plan penthouse.
Created by twin brothers Ian and Richard Abell, Based Upon travels the world to gather narratives, memories, textures, and histories. These works tell stories: of a client’s life, or of Based Upon’s own experiences. Each Based Upon work carries the intention of its maker; every piece with a unique design resonating with the personal or physical landscapes from which it was conceived.
Predominantly an interior designer, Nina Campbell’s furniture constitutes all that was missing when sourcing furniture for client projects. As the interior designer herself, she comments ‘I would like to think that I approach it from a practical point of view as well as an aesthetic view as I like to know how I can use every piece that we make’. Though a veteran of luxury British interiors, Nina Campbell seeks to evolve with clients, adopting new looks and modern twists on traditional classics, such as contemporary Ralph chair in Duccio Indigo – a warming color and fabric, harking back to opulent Britannia while assuming a shape far more in line with the modern living space.
Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product & interior designers. Since 2007 he has released over 75 modern furniture and lighting products, which he designs and manufactures under his own label. A supporter of British manufacturing techniques, Broom designs, manufactures and retails his own collections.
Ochre designs modern furniture, lighting and accessories for the interior, placing great importance on harmonious proportions, luxury materials, and matchless craftsmanship. Ochre was founded in 1996 by Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald, sharing an aesthetic for the beauty of the understated. Solenne de la Fouchariere became the third partner and fellow designer four years later. Along with selling directly to individuals, OCHRE’s clients are leading international interior designers and architects. Their furniture sticks to a clear brief, across the board: ‘discreet glamour’.
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, luxury furniture, and environmental unique design. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.
Founded in 1968 in Preston, Lancashire, Tetrad is one of the UK’s finest upholstery businesses. It built its reputation on producing fine quality sofas, chairs, and stools with hardwood frames built to last, offering a variety of suspension options and high-quality fabrics and hides. Tetrad uses Harris Tweed in a wide range of modern furniture, typifying that British heritage and tradition. This heritage style has been combined with a more modern thrust within their recent furniture collections, appealing to a more dynamic audience still prioritizing this quality craftsmanship and decades of experience.
Francis Sultana was set up his studio in 2009 to create interiors for many of his major art collector clients. Alongside the interior’s projects, the atelier also produces annual collections of bespoke and limited-edition luxury furniture and textiles under the Francis Sultana brand. Francis designs across interiors, furniture, lighting, and accessories and has created key pieces for important historical interiors such as Spencer House.
Inspired by nature, made by hand and shaped by steam, the Tom Raffield in Cornwall incorporates innovative steam bending techniques and sustainable contemporary design practices to create modern wooden furniture and lighting. With an experimental workshop set among six acres of ancient Cornish woodland, Tom Raffield designs are synonymous with nature, created as sculptural pieces of art inspired by the natural environment around them.
Doshi Levien is an internationally acclaimed design studio founded by designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levlen. Working across disciplines and industries, Doshi Levien’s work celebrates the hybrid and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design, and fine craftsmanship.
Jimmie Martin an established Contemporary Furniture Brand since 2004. Based in London, United Kingdom, the main focus is on hand painted pieces of modern furniture. Known for transforming pieces of furniture into unique design one-off pieces that become personal to their clients.
Max Rollitt cut his teeth working as an apprentice to Frearson and Hewlett, an antique furniture restoration workshop supporting the top London trade. His extensive experience in the field has developed an inherent sensitivity towards the materials and classical architectural elements that are condensed in the decorative arts. His classical, elegant aesthetic is teamed with an informal edge, a style that has become his trademark.
Touted the world’s most luxurious sleeping system, Savoir Beds are renowned for their high standards and comfort philosophy. Created for The Savoy Hotel in London in 1905, their tailor-made beds have become almost as legendary as the stars who have slept in them. Think ‘bespoke on bespoke’, making any size, shape, stand-alone or headboard beautifully upholstered or even made fit into an existing frame. Savoir Beds uses quality, natural materials from long, curled Latin American horse tail to Mongolian cashmere and British lamb’s wool.
Beaumont & Fletcher’s handmade modern furniture sticks tightly to a brief of traditional methods and materials, made in England, naturally. Founder, John Crowell, restored furniture in his youth., spending summer holidays stripping down chaise lounges and rebuilding them under the watchful eye of a retired master upholsterer. Naming his company after two successful playwrights, Beaumont & Fletcher’s furniture reflects a dramatic theatrical style.
For the first time in the store’s history, Harrods Furniture is bringing its design expertise and renowned eye for style to furniture. Having retailed furniture since the early 1880s, the launch of the Harrods of London furniture collection is the first time the iconic retailer has released its own designs. The range, designed in-house by Harrods Interiors, draws its aesthetic from Art Deco jewelry and tailoring; comprising upholstery, occasional pieces, and case goods, the pieces ooze timeless style but with unexpected and unique detailing.
Bentley Home is a partnership between Bentley and Club House Italia, the artisan furniture designer. This exclusive collection of Bentley modern furniture and homeware combines Bentley craftsmanship and material selection with the exacting design of one of Europe’s leading luxury furniture makers.