6. You’ve had several successful collaborations, such as the ‘Faulkner Fireplace’ with Chesneys, the renowned fireplace designer and supplier. How does a design collaboration like this come about and what do you love most about working with other specialists?
Chesneys was a while ago, and they approached me – I was very flattered to be asked and it was really fun applying my own aesthetic to a completely different kind of object to what I was used to.
I have recently designed a bed for Savoir Beds which I also loved doing. I approached them (I was going to make a bed for myself, but thought why not go to someone who actually knows how to make one!) and I have known Alistair (Managing Director and owner) for a while, so go I got in touch with him.
The level of craftsmanship at Savoir is extraordinary, each bed is handmade – you can trace it back to the person who made it for you. Their factory is full of amazing and wonderful contraptions for unravelling horsehair and making springs. Again, it was great to work in another medium and another product, as well as fabric and colour which I love.
7. What advice would you give to someone who is embarking on a journey of commissioning a bespoke piece of furniture for their home?
We don’t do a massive amount of completely one-off commissions. We do some, but we are usually making our own products or customising them for clients.
My most important advice, which seems simple, is that if you are undecided on the size of table always make a template of the top and make sure you put it at the height off the ground that it is going to be. Putting shapes on the floor is quite misleading, and you can easily make a mistake.