60 seconds with Adrian White – Bespoke Furniture Maker

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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!

Integrating technology into your fitted furniture

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Our homes are made to be enjoyed and technology is a big factor in the achievement of this. From TV’s to music systems, we all want the latest technology, but this should compliment our interiors not dominate it.

AW Way has over 35-years’ experience handcrafting bespoke fitted furniture that focuses on functionality. In the initial discussions, our meticulous attention to detail will consider aspects other would only realise with use, ensuring wires and technology components don’t ruin the aesthetics of your home.  Whether you want to turn your spare room into an entertainment hub or want to make working at home as simple as possible, see how we can craft bespoke furniture to suit your lifestyle that doesn’t compromise on style.

Hidden designs

Devices are getting larger so keeping boxy black devices and the wires that come with them hidden in bespoke fitted furniture will help keep a streamlined style. Our experienced team can design bespoke fitted furniture that can neatly house your tech behind cupboard doors, in floating shelves or pop up out of cabinets. For an area where lots of power is required we can hide power sockets that pop up or swivel out, especially handy if you work from home!

bespoke desk

Frame it

Another design option is to show off your devices rather than disguise them! If your television is always on when your home think about framing it and make a feature with some beautiful bespoke fitted shelving designed, crafted and installed by AW Way. This way you’ll also be able to show off your favourite family memories, candles and décor accessories too. The beauty of bespoke is that everything can be customised, you get total freedom to have any colour, any size, and any additional features to suit the personality of the home.

 

Think big

Technology doesn’t just refer to small gadgets like TV screen and sound systems. We previous designed and installed a hidden kitchen, equipped with a coffee machine and sink between two bedrooms in a client’s home. With skill and accuracy this was concealed with folding doors to ensure the luxurious design of the house wasn’t compromised.

If you want to get rid of the spaghetti junction of cables in your home or create other pieces of furniture that integrates technology, get in touch to discuss your bespoke furniture requirements with Adrian directly.

Creating the perfect working environment in your home with bespoke fitted furniture

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With flexible working policies and the number of self-employed people in the UK on the rise, the need for a dedicated working space in our own homes is at a high. However, problems can arise when personal and professional lives collide, so we need to create a working space to stay motivated and distraction-free.

If you want to keep your productivity high while in working hours, but still be able to relax in your home come the end of the day take a look at some of our office and working space tips.

Separate work and home

Keeping personal and professional separate when you work from home can be hard but is one of the most important steps to follow. Combining your work and downtime will only distract you during the day and you’ll find it hard to switch off at the end of the day.

Ideally, to overcome these you would have a dedicated office room to shut yourself off from the rest of the house however, space sometimes simply doesn’t allow this. If your working with a small or awkward space get creative and invest in a fold-down desk that can be closed at the end of the day, taking away the temptation to keep coming back come clock off time.

Make it your own space

The beauty of not working in an office block is you can build the space around your working patterns and personalise it with as much- or little- décor as you like. AW Way can handcraft you a beautiful bespoke fitted desk in their Milton Keynes or London workshop to all your requirements. The material, colour, finishes, shape and style can all be determined by you to ensure you work efficiently and help you enjoy sitting at it every day! Their experience and passion for creating simple but functional bespoke fitted furniture mean areas you might overlook like cable management and plug sockets will be incorporate into the design, eliminating problems that would otherwise arise after installation with other companies.

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Think about lighting

If your working space has limited natural light this can make you feel more lethargic in the winter months when daylight hours are short. To ensure you work productively all year round position your desk close to the window or incorporate enough artificial lighting into the room design. A desk lamp is also a helpful addition when it comes to reading papers to reduce the risk of eye strain from poor lighting.

Are you ready to re-invent your working space and build your dream office? Get in touch with Adrian to discuss your bespoke furniture requirements on 01908 586803.

Creating a reception space to welcome & wow guests

Reception furniture & bespoke bookcase

Your reception area is your business’ first chance to make a big impression on visitors-and you want it to be the right one! This gateway should instantly reflect your brand personality, tell your story and distinguish yourself to stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for ideas to make your reception space leave the right lasting impression, here’s some of our tried and tested ideas.

Create a Definitive Welcoming Space

When visitors walk through the doors you want to make it instantly clear where they need to go, so having a front desk is crucial. As the first touchpoint this needs to instantly represent your brands personality so choose shapes, colours, materials, textures and finishes that fit with this. Also consider the practicality for people working in this area. Nobody wants to be greeted by stacks of papers, books and your cold coffee, so conceal bespoke fitted draws and cabinets to keep organised and minimal items on display.

Make it inviting

Nobody likes waiting- so making this experience as enjoyable as possible will make your business stand out. Even little things like uncomfortable, hard furniture can alter opinions so opt for couches and tables that makes your office warm and inviting. It’s a nice idea to have the latest papers or industry magazines available for people to browse which creates a more comfortable atmosphere for visitors who aren’t as talkative.

Show off your successes

Utilise this waiting time to show off your business at its best! A beautiful bespoke fitted cabinet or shelving unit can house company awards, images and literature that tells your story. Opting for a timeless design means that as your business evolves the items can be changed which comes at a much smaller cost than investing in an office refit.

If you’re ready to make the right first impression or are working on a project that requires some handcrafted bespoke fitted furniture get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can add the WOW to any reception space.

Boost employee productivity with bespoke fitted office furniture

Shed inspired bespoke fitted office furniture

Boost employee productivity with bespoke fitted office furniture

Creating the right working environment is proven to boost employee productivity and engagement, as well as leaving the right lasting impression on visiting clients. The reception area of an office is usually the first point of contact for potential new clients and employees, so it is important that this gateway into the office reflects what is business is about.

See how bespoke fitted office furniture Adrian has crafted throughout Milton Keynes and London can keep your employees motivated and working productively.

Storage solutions to keep organised

There’s nothing worse than having a work alongside piles of clutter, so keep employees working efficiently by opting for clever bespoke fitted storage solutions. This modern shelving unit manufactured and installed by Adrian is perfect to keep files and documents close to hand, but also offers a space to display items such as awards or team mementos.

Modern fitted shelving unit

Build functional workstations

Many employees spend around 90% of their day at a desk, but as flexible working and hotdesking grows in popularity, many employees don’t have a space to call their own. For workstations that are built for hotdesking fold down mounted plug sockets can be built into the design to stop employees searching for a place to charge their laptops and dangerous wires trailing round the office.

Bespoke workstations with fold down plugs

Segment areas of the office

Clever bespoke fitted furniture can help separate large office spaces, and clearly define the purpose of different areas. Cubicles, dividers and clever desks are all simple solutions, but aren’t the only option. Adrian is currently manufacturing a quirky, shed inspired working area offsite his Cranfield based workshop. This will house a photocopier, but also be a space away from desks that employees can congregate for meetings.

If you’re looking for bespoke fitted furniture to boost employee’s productivity and impress clients, get in contact with Adrian who has over 35 years’ experience crafting bespoke fitted commercial furniture in Milton Keynes and London alongside architects, interior designers, project managers and house builders.