Original, functional and beautiful custom furniture

the rich wild grain of english walnut used in conjunction with the pale creamy sycamore is always a winning combination. an existing client wanted to refurbish her dressing room. the clients only request was that we replaced the old with new, piece by piece. the open brief allowed us to produce four fantastic pieces of furniture that brought out the best in our making skills. incorporating a mirror with a discrete led light inside the dressing table top operated by an recessed infared button needed careful consideration. the chest of drawers included traditional drawer slips, muntings & cedar of lebanon for the bases. rounded edges throughout all the pieces helped produce some truly elegant furniture for a fantastic client

inspired by the furniture of probably america's most renowned conteporary furniture craftesman sam maloof, the finch bed was conceived from a love of mid century modern furniture's clean lines, organic shapes and utility. english oak was a prerequisite for the client. the agreed design allowed us to happily employ various handtools - rasps, rifflers, spokeshaves & scrapers amoungst others - to achieve a fine honest balance between the aesthetic and the function

a whole sheet of one inch birch plywood was first dimensioned, allowing for the revolving top before laminating. the design meant that there would be a good deal of craftsmanship - eye to hand, eye to hand - involved with the sculpting of both the functioinal stool seat and the tactile sides. employing various hand & power tools revealed the layers of the laminated plys. these were then emphasised to a point where we were happy with both how it felt as much as how it looked. the process involves alot of chance, impulse. as little design as possible.

the starting point for this kitchen was a sample of 10mm ceramic worktop material. the copper tones running through the dark ceramic tops permitted black walnut to be used alongside as an additional material for handles, a breakfast bar & cupboard doors. the expanse of light oak on the floor balanced the choice of dark colour for the doors. birch plywood with its grain & light colour was included for all the internal cupboardry. furniture lino was used to line all the drawer bases adding an extra softness & depth to the design. the result was a large functional family kitchen led by the design from the start

it was unusual to be asked to design & make a pair of bedside tables that were to be secured to the wall. with that in mind we decided to do away with the back legs. including a drawer was a must for the client but also allowed us to hide any fixings into the wall. working in sycamore to achieve a light result the design included pegged tenon legs that are at once decorative and structural. soft rounded edges balanced the minimalist nature of these pieces

with a master bedroom that included an open plan ensuite bathroom the clients wanted to add a room divider that allowed some privacy between the bedroom & bathroom without losing the original space and convenience that the loft space allowed. on the bedroom side the design needed to allow for a bed & bedside tables as well as some storage space within the divider & under the bed. the structural divider was softened with an expanding wrap around shroud that gathered in height as it went into the room & allowed for some low level lighting. side lights & switches were allowed for. phone charging points & sockets were also built into the bedside tables. the four storage recesses in the headboard are able to be removed & changed. existing oak woodwork and spray finished cupboardry detremined the materials to be used

we were referred to the clients who had recently had their house raised to achieve a desired headroom & space now accommodating a master bedroom, bathroom & dressing room. being open to a less traditional interpretation of a fitted dressing room so long as the design did not outweigh the function, the result was a modular system that suited both their different needs but retain a strong cohesive look in the room. we agreed on the clean lines of birch plywood throughout and finished it in a clear oil. bespoke hanging rails, shoe drawers & drawer divisions complemented the modular system which could be adapted to any particular space

it would have been a shame to cover up a newly laid parquet floor & such lovely craftesmanship. by canterlevering everything off the supporting walls we managed to avoid doing so. the birchplywood carcassing fastened together and supported by way of french cleats allowed the parquet & detailed skirting to continue to be seen. with such high ceilings there was still ample space to hang the walnut shelving. along with the cabinet fronts they provided aneutral & restrained space for the clients own self-expression.

once built the linked cabinet design allowed the clients to adapt it to different configurations should they choose. it was commissioned for a home office that was also the dining area. including various filing cabinet drawers, open drawers and storage it fulfilled all the needs of the office as well providing extra space for glassware and other artefacts. the four layers separate into individual units should you choose to

the designated space, with its underfloor heating & a vast amount of glazing meant we needed to give the choice of timber a good deal of thought. as it never really comes to rest wood will do what it wants to do, however with the right seasoning & machining the changes in the surrounding atmosphere can be accounted for up to a point. five slabs of 300mm by 40mm air dried english oak planks were used to achieve this 1.5 metre by 3 metre dining table alongside bench seats & the kitchen worktop. a rich rust patina colour was applied to the box steel supporting frame. together with the softened edges of the table top, reminiscent of waney edged timber, the rusted result achieved the weathered, aged appearance that the clients desired

three wardrobes, two bedside tables, two chest of drawers,a free standing dress mirror & two cupboard doors in oak was the final order fro a wonderful client who wanted to remodel thieir bedroom. all the cabinets were first lipped in hardwood and then veneered in constructional european oak. the leading edges were then cut back with a 45 degree angle. complimented with soft looking tactile handmade handles, the volume of material once installed did not actually seem that considerable. we finished everything firstly in a white oil to subtly lime the oak & retain the original colour as much as possible & then applied sevaral coats of clear oil-wax. soft close hinging & mechanical runners made the otherwise heavy doors & drawers operate precisely

reminicent of a rivers meeting with an ocean, the delta sideboard was aptly named. a speculative piece, it allowed us to experiment with some free flowing shapes, designing the finished pattern as we paired back the layers of laminated birch plywood to reveal and express the glue lines inbetween. the internal was hand painted in contrast to the birch wood of the exterior but a colour similar to the dark glue lines. with the doors and drawer fronts cut from the same sheet of plywood these lines flow almost seemlessly across the front of the sideboard

liberty of london commissioned some subtle but graphic backdrops for their seasonal windows. the veneered sheets with subdued colours once knitted together interact without superseeding the merchandising

with their forever playful outlook, hermes asked us to design & build these miniture houses for their bond street london shop windows

AT JAMES FURNITURE WE SPECIALISE IN MAKING FURNITURE THAT IS ORIGINAL, FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL.

EVERY ONE OF OUR PIECES IS TAILOR-MADE, A ONE-OFF AND IS, CRUCIALLY, THE RESULT OF A CREATIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE CLIENT. SUCH A PARTNERSHIP BEGINS WITH AN IDEA, A WISH OR NEED. INITIAL MEETINGS FOCUS ON USE, SETTING AND DESIGN. DRAWINGS ARE MADE IN SITU. ENVIRONMENTAL DETAILS, SUCH AS TEMPERATURE, RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND ROOM FUNCTION, AS WELL AS THE AESTHETICS OF A GIVEN SPACE, INFORM THE DESIGN AND CHOICE OF MATERIAL.

THE DESIGN AGREED, A TIMEFRAME ESTABLISHED, WE HAND-MAKE THE PIECE. LED BY THE WOOD, THE QUALITY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP — THE METHODS EMPLOYED, THE TOOLS USED — IS THAT WHICH RELATES TO THE MATERIAL IN HAND. SUCH A RELATIONSHIP INVOLVES KNOWING THE WOOD, UNDERSTANDING ITS PROPERTIES AND BEING PREPARED FOR ITS CAPACITY TO SURPRISE. IN THIS RESPECT, WE ARE AS MUCH ARTISTS AS WE ARE MAKERS.

THROUGHOUT THE MAKING, WE GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO KEEP THE CLIENT INFORMED AS TO HOW A PIECE IS PROGRESSING. ONCE FINISHED, WE DELIVER IT, INSTALL IT, AND ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING IS TO THE CLIENT’S SATISFACTION.