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The Urban Grain Team

Hi There!

We are a Manchester based workshop of interior designers, furniture designers and skilled craftsmen producing stunning bespoke industrial furniture and accessories from a wide range of ethically sourced components.  We are crazy about interiors and love coming up with clever and beautiful solutions to lifestyle conundrums.

We thrive on the challenge of coming up with new products or sourcing old ones. We document each new item we develop and showcase them on our online store over at Etsy (and several other online marketplaces) which provides a comprehensive guide to the kind of things which are possible with Urban Grain.

Customer interaction is not only encouraged at Urban Grain, it is vital! So please do send us an email – [email protected] – to enquire about unique furniture solutions for your home or business!
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Carla’s journey…

I am an Honours Design Graduate with over twelve years experience gained working within the head offices of top-end homewares retailers such as The Conran Shop, Conran Collection, Designer’s Guild and House of Fraser.

In 2006 I embarked on a career in property development, then in 2011 I decided to put down some roots and lend the skills and expertise I had acquired to start my own Interior Design Consultancy… every day I relished the new challenges, opportunities and avenues it brought…

I first started selling up-cycled furniture when I bought a collection of Art Deco bedroom furniture – one of my Interior Design clients wanted a dresser and I found her a perfect one, but had to buy the whole collection which included a wardrobe and two bedside cabinets… my client loved the refurbishment job I did on her dresser so I decided to refurb the rest of the collection and it sold on ebay really quickly…

… I loved sourcing and restoring elegant vintage and funky retro pieces… and Etsy provided me with the perfect outlet to do this on a regular basis… luckily enough I had a big double garage in my garden and converted this into a fully operational workshop and storage facility… I found myself spending more and more time restoring furniture and I loved it!

Then, another avenue presented itself… again, as a result of one of my Interior Design clients… she wanted some industrial shelving, door handles, a staircase handrail and lighting fixture, so I did a bit of research and prototyping and came up with a collection of reclaimed scaffolding plank and steel pipe options… she loved them and the results we achieved and urged me to start selling options in my Etsy shop because so many of her friends admired, and wanted, similar products every time they visited her house…

I shrugged it off for quite a while, but then I started to get more excited about the prospect and I posted some photos in my Etsy shop…

I was shocked when I started receiving messages that my work was beautiful! People began asking if I could make them desks, dining tables, shelving and many other items in the same style… so basically from a couple of items, my portfolio increased week by week, as every time I got a commission I photographed it before I despatched it and listed it as another product… so the range grew organically…

The demand for more complicated pieces of furniture grew so I had to take on more and more skilled staff… there’s simply nothing we can’t do now !  And that’s why the complexity of our designs and the quality of the builds and finishes is a million miles away from the basic reclaimed scaffolding board shelves and door-pulls I used to make on my own in my garage !  We now have two workshops (one for building and one for finishing) and are working with all sorts of materials…

… I still restore a few vintage homewares (and you can see these in my other Etsy shop here –www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BlakeandCo ), … I love the mix !

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We are passionate about the environment and the community which surrounds us and passionately believe that stylish design-led furniture can be created using environmentally friendly products and processes.

The reclaimed scaffolding boards we use has been de-commissioned from use in the construction industry and if we didn’t buy them they would be sent to landfill.

As a company we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible – we only ever use eco-friendly finishes; we have a strict recycling policy within the workshop; our couriers ensure they schedule their collections and deliveries to maximise the use of space in their vans to reduce the pollution caused in the transportation of goods; we use recycled packaging whenever possible; and we use off-cuts of wood to generate most of the heat needed to keep our kiln dried timber and clever joiners warm in our workshop.

We also help our clients to send their old furniture to local charities and recycling initiatives and can often organise to do this on their behalf if they don’t have time or the resource to transport their pieces.