The Beauty of Bespoke

In today’s prime residential market, owning a bespoke piece of furniture is increasingly in demand from discerning buyers and collectors.  Clients want to know where a piece has come from, who made it and the materials used, and significantly they expect to pay a premium to get the exclusivity that…

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Crafting Legacy, Building a Family

It started in 1984 At just 19, I found myself studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering as an undergraduate. Little did I know that life ultimately had different plans for me. After being laid off for the second time, Neil, driven by the belief that he “couldn’t do any worse” running…

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of the contributions apprentices make to various industries. At N.E.J Stevenson, our apprenticeship scheme is fundamental to our business model.  We see on-job training as the best way to teach someone the right skills and shape their understanding of our industry. Indeed, for…

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Celebrating 40 years in business

Embarking on a journey in the business world is akin to setting sail on a vast and unpredictable ocean with no navigation aids. As we celebrate four decades in business, it’s a good time to reflect on that journey, which began in a single garage and has grown to a…

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Specifying Bespoke Furniture

“Dado height raised and fielded high quality oak panelling to walls with semi-matt clear lacquer finish all as dwg”. The above is a typical example of a specification that we may receive from a designer, architect or quantity surveyor and to many, would appear to be a clear and precise…

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The Art of Bespoke Furniture: A Guide for Interior Designers

Have you ever thought about the most effective and conducive way to work with bespoke furniture makers? And why a positive collaboration is crucial for achieving successful commissions. Turning your vision for your client into a reality is what we do.  But to make that vision one that is achieved…

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Craft as Salvation

Back in September 1999 Tony Blair announced that 50% of young people should go into higher education, which is a fine target if it meant that 50% of young people were going into a field that was relevant and of value to both them and the country. What happened was…

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Bespoke Interior

Buying Bespoke – The Michelin Star of Furniture

Buying mass produced furniture is convenient, with a scroll and a click of a mouse, consumers can get whatever they want, whether it be hallway cupboards, wardrobe, chest of drawers or a sideboard, delivered directly to their homes. Standard shapes, sizes and in some cases, colours can be selected with…

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Apprenticeships are the only way for us

In a recent news report by the BBC, Apprenticeships were reported as being on the decline. The reasons cited included apprentices finding the training poor quality and firms provided little or no training, according to a report by Education Think Tank, EDSK. The most recent official data suggests that nearly half…

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Bespoke Furniture – Why Invest

The benefits of buying bespoke timber furniture are extensive from the intense satisfaction of having a piece of unique handcrafted furniture designed to your own specifications to the support of British craftspeople and the wider economy along with the benefits of a reduced carbon footprint and the use of an…

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