We sat down with the founder of AW Way, Adrian White to find out how he got into the world of furniture making over 35 years ago and discovered his favourite commissions so far…
How did you get into making furniture?
I got into making furniture while I was still in school, so from a very early age. I enjoyed taking a logical approach and making things and taking a mechanical approach to make the process as easy as possible. There are thousands of ways to construct things but I like to create items in the most efficient way possible.
What has been the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
The more complicated projects the better! I love a challenge and finding out the best ways to make furniture. The most interesting residential bespoke fitted furniture project I have worked on was a kitchen that was made completely from scratch. It involved lots of different components and the customer wanted something completely bespoke to make best use of the space they had.
The most interesting bespoke commercial fitted furniture project I worked on was a curved desk in an office. It was quite a complicated design to meet aesthetics, as well as being practical so I made the bespoke desk using some high quality materials and sprayed it to match the client’s requirements – the results were brilliant.
Do you have a favourite piece you’ve made?
My favourite piece of bespoke fitted furniture has to be the hidden kitchen. It had been attempted twice before, but it hasn’t worked but with my reassurance and perseverance, we made it possible. I love a challenge I can get stuck into and problem solve. I can create and make things that other people might struggle.
Why is bespoke best?
A lot of people think that bespoke means that it is more expensive, but that isn’t always the case. You can pay the same prices as what’s in the shops with the benefit of getting exactly what you want -fitting your taste. The best bit of all – if it has been made by us, then no one else will have it! It’s also very rewarding to see our designs come to life.
What advice would you give to someone looking to have something made?
There are many things that you need to think about when having bespoke furniture made. Think about how else you will use the piece of furniture as your lifestyle will change over time. For example, if you have kids that are young, their clothes will get bigger as they grow so storage that suits them now might not work in a few years’ time. We can think about ways to adapt this so it will work well for many years to come!
If you have a new idea for home or office and need some help putting the ideas to paper before bringing them to life, then get in touch with Adrian today to see how he can help you!
Storage is essential in every home, but we always seem to find ourselves falling short for space which is why it is important to learn how to work with the space we have. Adrian discusses some simple quick tips to help you utilise your space around your home:
The Living Room
The living room tends to be the messiest room of the house but that’s because it is the room that sees the most traffic. Make the most of your living room by investing in multi-functional furniture. For example; a coffee table that also includes draws. This will give you extra space to utilise but with the added benefit that it is hidden and won’t clutter your room.
Make your kitchen easy to cook in by maximising your space. By using vertical space in your kitchen, it enables to use all the space you have in the room, this will help by reducing clutter on the sides and help keep your kitchen looking neat and tidy!
Maximise your under-bed space! Utilise the space you have by storing underneath, it’s one of the easiest ways to add a whole area of storage – no one must know as this can be incorporated in your bed design. Splash out on a wardrobe wall! Installing shallow wardrobes along a wall will help you to create a cosy feel whilst giving you a whole heap of added storage. It won’t feel as bulky and cluttered than if you were to put a wardrobe or cabinet there! A light colour will also make the room feel more open and less claustrophobic.
AW Way has been creating bespoke furniture for over 35 years and can help you maximise your space! If you need some advice to help you maximise and get the most out of your home, get in touch with Adrian today!
Dark evenings are drawing in and Christmas will soon be upon us which means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about that all-important dining table. It can be difficult and a tight squeeze to fit in all of your family on Christmas Day which makes an extendable dining table the perfect solution. The extra space is there when you need it but won’t take up space all year round. Here are some benefits of the extendable dining table:
Space efficient solution
You might need extra space for those special occasions, but you don’t need it all year round. Maximise your space with a smaller table that you can extend when needed. This will help to avoid furniture clutter and will also leave you with a lot of functional room when it isn’t needed.
Style fits with all interiors
Extendable dining tables come in all shapes and sizes depending on the amount of space you have available. The more room you have, the more you will be able to play around with the design on the table as you won’t be as limited. Here at Adrian Way, we are able to match the style of your table to fit with the rest of the interiors in your home.
If you’re ready to start thinking about your dream dining table to host that all-important dinner party or Christmas celebrations, contact Adrian today.
Many people now live in smaller homes or apartments which can leave you struggling for space when it comes to Christmas. Families gather and presents will fill the house, so here are some ideas to help you stop clutter and have all the space you need all year round.
Add shelves or cupboards above a doorway
Doorways are an under-utilised space in your home. Make the most of this space by installing shelving above – ideal for bedrooms, offices and even home libraries! This feature can be easily added with bespoke fitted storage units, giving you the extra space you need.
Create one space for all your entertainment
Your lounge will consist of many pieces of technology, including; your TV, DVD Player, consoles and games, but instead of having these items spread out across your living room, keep them in a custom-built bespoke unit to keep them in one place for your convenience. Utilise the space you have on your wall by including shelving solutions or cupboards for all your DVD’s, games and accessories.
Why not add a freestanding coffee table to store all your book and magazines away? This will provide a practical and aesthetically pleasing storage solution.
Utilise under your staircase
Give yourself that extra storage you might need by using the space under your stairs – or you could create a getaway nook! A quiet space for those who want to have some time away in a quiet area (we know how Christmas can get!). It could become a little haven for all year round.
If you’re looking to create space-saving solutions, get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can help you design practical pieces of bespoke fitted furniture.