Our furniture makes our house feel like a home; it's the little bit of personality we can add or that 'statement' to a room. We put so much effort and pride into picking it out, it's important to pick the right products.
And Blackbird London, a family-run business with over 60 years of experience, know exactly what your furnishings mean to you. Their Central London studio has been designing and creating furniture since it opened in 1925, supplying the likes of John Lewis and other high-end retailers.
Founder & Creative Director, Maggie Calmels, has been involved in the interiors industry since her first job as a Journalist, writing the interiors and antiques column for the Evening Standard, and her passion has grown from there. Maggie’s partner, Louis, is an engineer and designer and, with their combined experience and skills bore the brainchild of working together to devise new products and collections.
Maggie said, 'All of our pieces are designed and handcrafted in our central London workshop, a place we have called home for the last 60 years. We pride ourselves on the fact that we make and hand finish all of our high-quality and bespoke pieces.'
Opening their flagship showroom in Battersea in September 2017, Blackbird's furniture's attraction comes from the simplicity of their designs but their timeless nature. Maggie claimed that this is their main selling point.
'What differentiates Blackbird from other brands is that we create unique pieces of furniture that are exclusive to us. Also, because we handcraft all of our pieces it means that our customers can tailor them to suit their style requirements, including texture, finish and size; creating a truly bespoke piece.'
Blackbird's two stand-out bestsellers are the 'Luna Mirror', from their first collection released under the brand, and the 'Ra Console Table', a dramatic geometric piece where the ring base gives the illusion it's floating (you can see these in the image above).
When asked the favourite thing about her job, Maggie told me,
'There is so much to love about running an interiors business, from designing and developing new ranges, to dressing the showroom when we launch a new collection, to working with our clients to create bespoke, stunning pieces. The most rewarding, however, would have to be the delighted reaction from our customers when their bespoke piece of furniture or lighting is delivered and installed pride of place - you can’t beat it!'
Explore Blackbird's site on the link below or pop into their showroom, between Battersea and Clapham, today. Maybe it's time for you to invest in that statement piece for your home!
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