In the world of interior design, finding a reliable furniture maker is paramount to the success of any project. Artisans play a crucial role in bringing your design vision to life, ensuring quality craftsmanship, and creating pieces that enhance the overall aesthetic.

As artisans, we understand the importance of collaboration and creating remarkable spaces that reflect your vision.

In this blog post, we will explore 5 key tips to help you find and work with reliable furniture makers, ensuring seamless collaboration and outstanding results.

Tip 1: Share Your Vision in Detail

When collaborating with a furniture maker, sharing your design vision in detail is crucial. Provide a comprehensive brief that captures your creative intent, from the style and materials to the desired dimensions and budget.

The more we understand your vision, the better we can craft furniture pieces that align perfectly with your design concept, resulting in inspiring spaces.

Design Stories sample moodboard

Image Credit - Image and sample mood board by Design Stories.

Tip 2: Explore Artisan Portfolio

Take the time to explore the artisan's portfolio and delve into their body of work. Discover the unique styles, craftsmanship, and attention to detail they bring to their creations. By immersing yourself in their portfolio, you can identify artisans whose aesthetic sensibilities and quality of work align with your vision and who have successfully executed projects similar to yours. This exploration will help you find the perfect collaborators to make your design dreams a reality.

Image Credit - Clara Low Console by Martelo and Mo. 


To find reputable furniture makers visit trade shows and exhibitions where artisans showcase their work. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet artisans, view their creations, and assess their craftsmanship. Additionally, explore online directories specialising in connecting interior designers with furniture makers and locally based artisans that can be found online or via social media platforms. Reading reviews and testimonials from previous clients can also give you valuable insights into their reliability and quality of work.

Don't underestimate the power of recommendations. Reach out to trusted sources in the industry, such as interior designers, architects, or fellow professionals. Their firsthand experiences and referrals can help you narrow your choices and provide reliable options.

Tip 3: Embrace the Art of Customisation, Craftsmanship and Quality

One of the most significant advantages of working with artisan furniture makers is the opportunity for customisation. Artisans offer a level of flexibility that is unparalleled in the industry. Embrace the art of customisation by collaborating closely with furniture makers to tailor designs to your specifications. From modifying dimensions to incorporating unique finishes or materials, this level of personalisation ensures that each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, elevating the overall design scheme.

Artisans are dedicated to the art of craftsmanship and the pursuit of excellence. Appreciate the meticulous attention to detail and the use of high-quality materials that go into each piece. By valuing craftsmanship and quality, you bring an undeniable sense of sophistication and longevity to your design projects. The furniture pieces crafted by artisans become treasured elements within your spaces, elevating the overall aesthetic. 

Image Credit - Photography by Jonny Back, Martelo and Mo workshop. 

Tip 4: Check for Reliability and Customer Service

Reliability and excellent customer service are non-negotiable traits when working with furniture makers. Look for testimonials or reviews highlighting their reliability, responsiveness, and ability to meet deadlines. Reliable artisans will communicate effectively and provide updates on the progress of your project. They will also be receptive to addressing any concerns or issues arising during the collaboration. Assess their communication skills and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction.

Image Credit - Photography by Bruna Balodis, Rio Cafe Table in Oak by Martelo and Mo.

Once you have shortlisted a few furniture makers, it's time to request quotes. Take the time to evaluate the value offered by each candidate. It's essential to strike a balance between cost and quality. Remember that furniture is an investment and should be built to last. Carefully review the quotes, payment terms, and delivery schedules to avoid misunderstandings.

Image Credit - Photography by Taran Wilkhu, Interior Design by Bergman and Mar, Lagoa Dining Table in Walnut by Martelo and Mo.

Tip 5: Nurture Collaborative Relationships

Building lasting collaborative relationships with artisans is a valuable asset for interior designers. Cultivate these partnerships by fostering open and transparent communication. Regularly engage in conversations, providing feedback and asking questions throughout the process. By nurturing these relationships, you establish a strong foundation for future projects and create a seamless workflow that enhances the overall design experience.

What are the Benefits of Collaborating with Artisan Furniture Makers?

Collaborating with artisan furniture makers offers various benefits for interior designers, architects and buyers in the industry. You gain access to a wealth of expertise, personalised attention, and a level of craftsmanship that sets your designs apart. Artisans bring a unique touch to your projects, infusing them with soulful creations and bespoke pieces that tell a story. Working closely with furniture makers allows for deep collaboration, ensuring that every detail meets your exacting standards.

Image Credit - Photography by Jonny Back.

In summary, collaborating with artisans is an opportunity to bring your design vision to life with exceptional craftsmanship and unparalleled customisation. You can create inspiring spaces by sharing your vision, exploring portfolios, embracing customisation, valuing craftsmanship, and nurturing collaborative relationships. Together, we artisans and interior designers can develop enduring partnerships, crafting remarkable interiors that leave a lasting impression on all who experience them.

If you are working on a bespoke project and looking to commission bespoke furniture, you may also find this blog helpful - How to Commission a Bespoke Furniture Design?

If you would like to find out more about our Bespoke Furniture Design Service, or if you would like to collaborate with us on your next project, get in touch at 

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June 27, 2023 — Monika Equi

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