We are a small creative furniture workshop where design, craftsmanship and engineering skills come together to craft and sculpt our client’s ideas into beautiful pieces of furniture for their homes. Founded and run by designer maker Edward Johnson, we work primarily to commission producing one-off pieces of furniture in response to our clients design briefs and occasionally when time allows we will produce pieces for exhibition. Our clients, found locally, across Britain and even worldwide are a mix of private patrons, architects and interior designers. Our design studio and high tech workshop is situated on the south coast of England, near Chichester in the picturesque village of Bosham, bordering Hampshire and West Sussex.
‘We have commissioned a number of challenging and innovative pieces from Edward over the past three years. Not only is he a fine craftsman, but he has the rare ability to combine a flair for design with a keen understanding of the materials he works with. At a personal level he is a pleasure to work with, has a professional approach and a commitment to realising and enhancing your vision of the concept you are commissioning, rather than seeking to override it. We firmly believe that Edward is one of the finest cabinet makers of his generation, with a reputation that grows with each new piece of beautiful and unusual furniture he creates.’
Robert Dow and Dawn Clewer
Due to the complex nature of our furniture we usually only have two projects being made in the workshop at any one time. This usually means that we have a lead time on projects so clients are encouraged to get in touch at the earliest opportunity. After you make contact, Edward will work with you through a number of processes that make up a typical commission – The Brief – Designing – Ordering – Scheduling – Making – Finishing & Delivering. You will experience a personal and professional service and an exquisite end product that enhances your home, reflects your lifestyle and is a pure delight to use. Delve deeper into the commissioning process
Our first objective is to specify a set of parameters called ‘The Brief’ within which Edward will start exploring various ideas. These parameters can be as detailed or as broad as you wish and will include things such as timescale, budget, design styles, lifestyle, functional requirement, usability and wood preferences. We urge you not to build too detailed a picture before contacting us, remember we have a wealth of experience and advice to give and more often than not the best commissions are those where clients work closely with us from the outset. Edward prides himself on listening to you, understanding your needs and tailoring the commission so that it is personal to you. Delve deeper into the designing process
With the complex and innovative nature of our work it is often the case that the ideas and designs need developing throughout the commissioning process. With a vast collection of traditional hand tools, larger scale high-tech digital machinery and a team of highly skilled craftsmen we are perfectly positioned to develop the form and function of a piece and evolve the ideas from paper into a 3D object. This designer maker synergy is central to our success, and has ensured both continuous client satisfaction and industry recognition through some of the most prestigious awards for both design and craftsmanship. Take a closer look at our workshop
Should your piece of furniture be oiled rather than lacquered we like to encourage our clients to come and spend an afternoon/day with us in the workshop putting on the final coat of oil. Guided by our expertise we can then teach you the correct method of maintaining your piece once it is in your home. You can be as involved as you like, it’s not rocket science but we find a hands on approach is the best. Contact us
Towards the end of every commission Edward will liaise with his clients about where they would like his makers mark inlaid into the piece of furniture. Edward’s fingerprint is etched into a small solid silver oval which is then dated and hallmarked with EJ by the London Assay Office. It is usually inlaid in a discrete but noticeable position on the piece of furniture, adding that finishing touch to a piece future generations will cherish. Contact us