Founder Taylor Hammond has been busy developing his idea to create unique pieces of furniture as wonderful heirlooms. This is what he has to say on his project;
We have all at some point in our families, inherited items that get passed down and we treasure them. Well, that won’t be offered to our children, because nothing is built to last, especially furniture. So, create an heirloom. It will be treasured more than anything, especially if it has a story attached to it, like ‘you’ were part of making it possible.
I originally trained as an Interior Architect and over the years designed unique and bespoke furniture and fixtures for many projects. What has struck me recently is the increased difficulty in getting quality workmanship mixed with creative ability to understand the design at development stage – particularly in upholstery, when limitations on fabric suitability and frame design is critical. Having, by default moved further and further into the corporate side of design and construction. I see my creative side slipping from my grasp. I want to correct that balance.
I have always loved furniture, I learnt restoration techniques from my father which I continue to do as a hobby. I decided I would re-train in the sadly dying art of Master Upholstery, so I could then create beautiful furniture myself, to my exacting high standards.
I am in stage two of three levels with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. I am being trained by 3rd generation Master Upholsterers. They provide all the upholstery for the Lanesborough Hotel, the Four Seasons just as an example and have over 100 years of experience between 3 of them. They are hard taskmasters.
Being naturally creative and hands on, my ability and quality of work is very high; even now it’s better than high street stores.
January Trees II” by Angelique Hartigan
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I also want to do something different, stir things up a bit. Think Ted Baker jazzy lining..
Taylor Hammond’s Tub Chair “January Trees II” £895
Taylor Hammond’s Footstall “January Trees II” SOLD
My partner is a professional artist www.angelique-hartigan-artist.co.uk. I have the licence to re-print her artwork, which I have photographed at Hi Resolution. I manipulate it in Photoshop, perhaps make the colours more vivid or change the scale, then have it printed onto upholstery fabric. Her style of painting really suits upscaling as her work is built up in layers of drips and splashes. The fabric is light and colour fast, plus meets current fire regulations. I then upholster this fabric to the furniture. (As in the above image ‘January Trees II’ wrapped on a tub chair. The seat is in pistachio chenille). All the upholstery was done by me.
….I would like to be known for creating the unusual and unique in a world full of chain stores in every town.
My unique selling point (as well as putting art on furniture) is that every single item wrapped will be unique, there will never be two cut from the fabric in the same way. Each piece also has a tag which says TAYLORHAMMOND one side and ‘I’m unique’ on the other, as it’s identifier for the future.
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