Following in the wake of The Slow Food Movement, The Slow Design Movement is gathering pace as more people choose to take the time to create beautiful bespoke designs that last and enhance their quality of life. Working in close partnership with skilled experts is at the heart of this concept, and so we have curated our selection of local workshops with a reputation for exceptional design, craftmanship and service:

Firmly rooted in fine furniture making, Evoke specialises in bespoke kitchens and wardrobes tailored to suit each individual space and style from classically modern to traditional. Industrial and eclectic are increasingly popular themes. Our beautiful hand crafted furniture doesn’t cost the earth, either financially or environmentally” says founder Tom Davies.
The London Door Company: londondoor.co.uk
The London Door Company draws on their experience and the gallery of images they have gained over the past thirty-five years to help clients design their perfect door. No two designs are the same, with scale drawings and a mock-up provided before the final decision is taken. Individual glass, ironmongery, locks and finishes are all considered and provided.
Andrew Morton Furniture: andrewmortonfurniture.co.uk
A small business with a highly qualified team, Andrew Morton Furniture, designs premium bespoke furniture solutions, from their workshop in New Malden, for every room in the house including bedrooms, bathrooms, fitted kitchens, cabinetry and media units. Every project has a project co-ordinator to ensure that the clients individual requirements are always achieved.
The Bookcase Co: thebookcaseco.co.uk
As a family run business, The Bookcase Co prides themselves on their personal service, attention to detail and life-time guarantee. They have been making bespoke cabinets, in their Wimbledon workshop for thirty years. Designed to take the weight of a library of books or treasured possessions, the shelves are very strong and won’t sag” says founder, Susan.
Modular Design
Launched in 1952, three generations of skilled designers and craftsmen have gradually evolved the BoConcept Urban Danish Design concept that looks beautiful and functions perfectly. Modular rather than bespoke, today you can choose just one piece or an entire interior, confident that every aspect has been carefully considered within the unique BoConcept design DNA.
This article first appeared in Time & Leisure July 2017