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Furniture Inspiration

Redecorating is always a fun process; from choosing the furniture to painting over your dull greyish walls, the final result is always worthwhile. However, choosing how to redecorate or transform a room can be difficult especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. You may have popped into your local shop and found a few trinkets and decorative items but that’s not enough to completely renovate your home. While it’s always great to look around the shops to find what you need, looking online for a bit of furniture inspiration is good too! Below we have compiled a few websites you can use for a bit of inspiration on how to redecorate your home.

Pinterest

Pinterest is always a favourite; not only does it have an array of photographs that you can look through to find what you want, it also, if you look hard enough, has a few how-to’s on DIY furniture projects. These can be great for the home as, like bespoke furniture, they’re one of a kind. Pinterest is highly recommended to anyone that is looking both for a bit of inspiration or wants to see what’s currently trending as it is easy to use and consists of imaginative projects. Sometimes users pop a bit of information on where they got the furniture from, another reason why this site is great to use as you won’t have to look far for what you like.

Houzz

Houzz is another site that is widely used by homeowners as it not only offers photographs for every room of the house so you can see what others have done to reinvent their home, but it also offers adequate advice on how to achieve the desired look. This is great for people that need a helping hand in DIY furniture projects and basic and advanced essentials like electrical work. Unlike Pinterest, Houzz also have a unique assortment of products that you can purchase through the site, so that you don’t have to keep swapping from site to site to find the goods you want. Lastly, you can even create an idea book through the site so that any images you see can be saved and opened in one easy location.

Tumblr

Like the concept of an idea book, Tumblr allows users to re-post and post pictures onto their page so that everything you need can be accessed efficiently and quickly. Like the two above, Tumblr is crawling with unique DIY projects, how-to guides and furniture ideas making it ideal for homeowners looking to redecorate. You can even post a before and after picture to show your followers afterwards and become the inspiration!

These are just three of the websites you can use to look for inspiration. The internet is full of furniture inspiration sites, so keep looking to find exactly what you want!

If you’re interested in purchasing bespoke furniture and live in or around the London area, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. We would be happy to answer your enquiry and look forward to hearing from you!

Ergonomics, aesthetics and the anthropometric properties of furniture

When buying a piece of bespoke furniture we rarely take into account the major design principles that go into crafting the perfect perch. The design principles are ergonomics, aesthetics and anthropometrics. These three core design principles effect the way in which interact with everything we use.

Buying a piece of furniture, on the surface may seem like a choice purely based on looks alone (and for some I’m sure it is) but to truly get the optimum comfort out of something we must consider the largely overlooked properties of a product. By ignoring the other factors of a product we leave ourselves open to inevitable disappointment. For example, a sofa may look great and fit the style of your home, but in terms of its usability you may find it extremely lacking. Striking a careful balance is key.

To be able to clearly establish what the core principles are we must therefore define them:

Ergonomics:

This term refers to the design of a product in relation to the body and its movements. So for example, in a workplace environment an employee’s chair will be designed with the user in mind. Posture, body mechanics and contours are all taken into account. I’m sure you’ve noticed the wide spectrum of human beings on this earth; designers always conceptualise with this fact in mind. By designing for a greater scope of users, you open up your product to a larger consumer market, and as a result increase potential profits. But ergonomics (as a whole) stretches far beyond monetary outcomes. Health and productivity also factor in as well. By considering the user’s health in both the short and long term it reflects a conscious effort on the part of the designer to combat the onset of injuries in later life. An ergonomically designed desk for example can boost workers productivity considerably because of the fact it was designed with the user in mind.

Aesthetics:

This term refers to the general beauty of a product in the eyes of the viewer. Though visual appeal is a part of the aesthetics it’s not the only part. Sound, smell, touch, taste and movement all contribute to the quality of a product. For example mobile phones, apart from being a technical feat of portable technology also try to appeal to our visual needs. Colour, shape, texture, size etc all factor into the decision as to whether the phone is right for us. Consumers who aren’t necessarily the most tech “savvy” for example, will regularly base their decisions on looks alone. As aforementioned this can prove to be the downfall of many consumers. From a design standpoint, producing a product that seamlessly manages to look appealing all while retaining form and function is the mark of a truly great piece of engineering.

Anthropometrics:

This design term refers to the look of a product in relation to the human body. By attributing a product to the human form we can discern the top from the bottom, the front from back and the sides. This doesn’t necessarily suggest that product must resemble any actual part of the human anatomy but that it is relatable. Take an iron for example, we can tell the front from its back immediately, that’s because it’s been designed with anthropocentricity in mind. If we also take a look at other humanistic things we can attribute to anthropometric design you’d recognise things of a cultural and traditional nature.

Now that we are aware of the core design principles, we are now better equipped to sift through the barrage of wonky wardrobes, clunky cabinets and dire draws.

Greenwich Woodworks

We were sad to hear of the recent demise of local bespoke furniture firm Greenwich Woodworks.

According to the Greenwich Phantom site:

“Sadly high-end joinery company Greenwich Woodworks died at the beginning of the year. I don’t know the exact details, but I’m guessing it’s yet another victim of the current financial climate.”

Greenwich Woodworks
The old Greenwich Woodworks site

They were  one of the leading design and manufacturing companies in South East London, specialising in bespoke furniture services for private clients since 1981. Like Russell Blake, the Greenwich Woodworks offered a bespoke service with unique designs.

If you’ve arrived at this page because you were searching for Greenwich Woodworks, then you’ll be pleased to know that we at Russell Blake offer the same bespoke design service – offering bespoke kitchens and bespoke furniture design for the London area and beyond (you can see some of our Lewes design on the Galleries pages). PLEASE NOTE THAT RUSSELL DOES NOT WORK FOR GREENWICH WOODWORKS.

Whilst we know that Greenwich Woodworks will be missed, we’re sure that we can offer you every bespoke design service that you could want. In these times of recession, we offer fantastic value for money and what’s more, all our timber is sourced from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so you can sleep soundly as far as the environment is concerned.

Please give us a ring on 020 7277 9919 or use our contact form to get in touch and we’d be delighted to have a chat with you about meeting all your bespoke design needs and exceeding all your expectations! We look forward to hearing from you.