Peter Blomfield – Furniture designer/maker – Est. 1977.
Traditional – Contemporary – Free Standing – Fitted
We are a small family business specialising in making one-off pieces of furniture to order or complete room schemes in a variety of different timbers and finishes. Whether it be a copy of a chair, fitted wardrobe or kitchen, boardroom table or a modern piece for a contemporary interior. We take commissions from private customers and also have experience of commercial projects via architects and interior designers. A commission is usually made up of a meeting with the client from which ideas are exchanged, samples of timbers and finishes are shown, from which I will be able to sketch up some details and costs. On placing an order a deposit is required and delivery or fitting is always done by ourselves. I do also have a small showroom with pieces to view, country chairs and extensive portfolios.
“Our showroom by appointments only”
From the age of ten I started the art of fretwork using off-cuts of plywood my father would bring back from the packaging company he managed in Chiswick. From then on and through my teens, I was always in my father’s workshop as he was a keen wood turner and woodworker. I made several household pieces of furniture and also gained experience of boat building with my uncle who lived in Jersey in the Channel Islands. It was here where I went to school that my art and woodwork flourished winning several prizes in woodwork and various competitions in art. By the time I was eighteen I decided I wanted a career in something surrounding wood, furniture and design and in 1970 was lucky enough to gain a place at High Wycombe College. At this time High Wycombe was the centre of our furniture industry.
After a 3 year course I worked for two companies in High Wycombe , the second of which had a department that specialised in one-offs’ and specials. They were an old established firm with many colourful characters of the ‘old school’ who were highly skilled cabinet makers and chair makers, and had numerous prestigious commissions, many of which went to central London and abroad.
I learnt a great deal from that company and had always thought how nice it would be to branch out and start my own business. So, in 1977, in a corrugated iron lean too shed, with only a skylight for light, recently married and with a child on the way – what better incentive than to give it a go!