Last month, Touch Kitchen designer Richard Swift told us all about luxury kitchen design. This month, we sat down with Touch Design Director Ed Tremlett to hear a little about bespoke joinery and his history in the trade. Here’s what he told us.
Can you explain what joinery is?
Joinery generally refers primarily to doors, windows and staircases. Over time we have moved away from constructing windows at Touch because the nature of our work has become increasingly bespoke. However, one-off staircases and doors are still very much part of our core offering.
Is there a difference between joinery and carpentry?
Carpentry and joinery are both construction trades. In its simplest and traditional form, you could say that joiners ‘join’ wood in a workshop, whereas carpenters construct the building elements on-site.
How did you get involved in making joinery?
My interest in ‘making’ began at a young age….
I chose to study product design at a college in Leicester, where I met my business partner David Crosby and it all went from there. Touchwood was formed in 1999, eventually rebranding as Touch Design Group in 2015 in response to the increasingly design-led nature of our work. Today, alongside the traditional artisan skills, our projects frequently require a mix of cutting- edge technology… but I’m still a maker at heart.
Can you share one of your most interesting bespoke joinery projects?
Our most interesting project has probably been a double height oak panelled music hall in a period manor house. The room was roughly 50 x 30 feet, and was completely panelled with an intricate hammer beam roof structure.
We also installed a minstrel’s gallery with a secret passage running from it, down the length of the room, above the fireplace, and exiting down a hidden staircase and out of a cupboard.
The room had grand oak double doors at one end, with a sliding door in the panelling at the other end, as well as a pivoting secret jib door disguised within the panels. There was also an intricate carved frieze running around the length of the room. It was an incredibly exciting and challenging project to work on.
What are the advantages of bespoke joinery?
Bespoke joinery is tailored to the end user. So not only will they be getting an absolute one-off, but the they will also get a piece that is entirely designed around them. Plus, with a bespoke piece you know exactly where it’s been made and who it’s been made by.
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