Managing Director, Designer and Craftsman

My three-year training at Buckinghamshire College and a subsequent spell working with the highly respected furniture maker Martin Grierson led me to open the doors to my own workshop in 1990. I had achieved distinctions in craftsmanship and design at college and won several awards and accolades by that time so I felt well equipped to make a go of it, and here I am still making fine furniture and working with, and for, amazing people all these years later.

It fills me with pride when I look back over the portfolio of pieces that we have made and properties that we have furnished. But not only that, so many of the very fine craftsmen that I have had the pleasure of working with have gone on to open their own workshops, keeping this noble craft well and truly alive.

It fascinates me to work in some of the finest properties in this country and further afield, as well as on superyachts and in public spaces but, regardless of the environment in which the furniture is to live, it is the reward of meeting new people, listening to their ideas and requirements, engaging with them creatively and giving them one hundred per cent of the craftsmanship, spirit and creativity that exists in my workshop that is the real and true pleasure.

I enjoy passing on the benefit of experience, and I have done so at many colleges and furniture schools around the country and also in the United States. Another way is through my involvement with The Furniture Maker’s Company, the City of London’s livery company for our trade. It is a charitable organisation that exists to support and enrich the furniture making industry and foster the pursuit of excellence through its activities. In 2017 I will have been a liveryman for 25 years.

Richard Williams