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We make bespoke furniture… and we love it!

 

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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Meet the team…

 

Carla

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… one of my Interior Design clients wanted an industrial look so I created some shelving, door handles, a staircase handrail and lighting fixture for her using reclaimed scaffolding plank and steel pipe and I then posted some photos of these pieces in my Etsy shop.  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 dispatched it and listed it as another product, 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! We now have two workshops (one for building and one for finishing) and are working with all sorts of materials.

Jean

My role in the company is Office Manager and I do whatever is required from ordering of consumables through to collections of parts, and ensuring that every member of the team has everything they need to produce beautifully crafted furniture. I joined Urban Grain in 2014 and love all the creativity that goes on here!

 

Geno

I graduated from Nottingham University in 2017 with a 1st class honours degree in Product Design and interned with UG’s mill neighbours, Lazerian, for around a year, and this is how I met Carla and the team… I’m responsible for all the sketches and cad artwork we produce for the clients, but I also have an input into the details of design and this is what really excites me about my role… I’m passionate about design, form and function (as cheesy/cliched as that sounds)… I love the work we do… I’ve been so surprised about how much freedom the clients allow us in the design process… We’ve also started prototyping our own designs and I’m really involved in the driving of this and I absolutely love it !

Alex

I’m the Workshop Manager and Senior Cabinet Maker at Urban Grain. I am originally from France, but have also lived and worked in Canada and Australia, before moving to the UK in 2012… I’ve worked in so many fields and with so many materials and techniques… my goal is to up the profile and range Urban Grain can now offer… UG have been known for working with reclaimed scaffolding boards and pipes, but we have so much more to offer now, and I’m so excited about the prospect of being commissioned to do more complex work… bring it on !

Grahame

I’ve worked as a cabinet maker for over 30 years and I love what I do… I’ve mainly worked with traditional furniture design so joining Urban Grain in 2018 has been an exciting move for me… although we employ traditional techniques in terms of construction, the designs are far from traditional… I love coming to to work everyday because I know, more often than not, I’ll be challenged with making something unusual and unconventional come to life… I often have to think out of the regular box, and work with non-standard components to produce a result which is unique and unprecedented !

Mark

I’ve come to this profession slightly later in life than most people would – it just took me a few years to decide what I wanted I really wanted to do… but I now know that cabinet making is my vocation… and I’m loving learning in such a creative and warm environment… we’re a tight and happy team and I love that everything that we do is bespoke and so client focused… no two days, or products, are ever the same and that makes work fun and rewarding!  

Baptiste and Jeremie

We love being here in England and learning English… we love the Manchester night life and working with the UG team is great… it’s hard work but it’s always fun and we’re learning loads !

 

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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.