Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens


Celebrating the Rise of Bespoke with Design by Timber

Sophie Hitchens Monday 20th July 2020

Celebrating the Rise of Bespoke with Design by Timber

The tides of mass production and conformity in furniture fashion have turned. Gone are the days when a period in time could be identified by the floral patterns of the 1970s, geometric designs of the 80s or the high gloss orange lacquer of the 90s.

The 21st century has seen the desire grow to own something quirky, unusual and totally unique. A statement piece that no one has seen before, that will start a conversation, and the appeal of which won’t fade as fashions come and go.

Modern designs have also evolved towards the aspiration to maximise space and function. As the cost of moving home increases and housing market stability fluctuations, more people choose to upgrade their existing home and maximise their current space.

Tim Hitchens who owns and runs Design by Timber has allowed this growing desire for custom made furniture to shape his bespoke design offering, with appreciative clients praising him for making their ideas a reality.

‘Fantastic to have been able to commission our dining table from Design by Timber. Tim is both a hugely talented furniture maker and great to work with. His enthusiasm, creativity and passion for working with wood is infectious and he brilliantly brought to life our ideas for a simple oak table with a timeless design. The only problem is that you are soon wanting him to make you more!’  Fiona Kenneth

Much of the bespoke projects that Design by Timber undertake, centre on multifunctional design to incorporate functionality with originality. Their most popular commissions centre around dining tables made to create a statement and children’s bedroom furniture that match practicality with fun.

Bespoke Dining Room Tables

The bespoke dining tables that Design by Timber have created often emphasise the sheer beauty of wood, such as the simplicity and elegance of oak in their chunky dining table. This table was commissioned by a client with a particular design in mind and specific (very large) dimension requirements. The result was a stunning handcrafted 4 metre table that was so large it took 6 people to deliver!

Bespoke Children’s Furniture

By venturing into the imagination of children, Design by Timber creations capture the essence of playful childhood dreams. Backed with Tim’s passion for locally sourced materials, he creates designs made to maximise space and merge function with fun.

Many of Tim’s designs especially the Tree Den project utilise raised areas to create more floor space, hidden dens and creative play spaces.

If you would like to own furniture that gets people talking, makes your home even more unique or needs to exactly fit a defined space to avoid the dust gathering gaps created from off the shelf pieces, contact Tim in his studio on 01380 860791.

Bespoke dining tables designs by Design by Timber
Bespoke children's beds and accessories by Design by Timber
Sophie Hitchens

Sophie Hitchens



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