Juliet Fishenden

It’s always a great validation of our work at Made by the Forge (and to be honest, a great thrill) when one of our pieces gets media coverage. We’ve had our share of magazine exposure, and we’re very grateful for that publicity. But a few Wednesdays ago on Channel 4, we were lucky enough to have one of our leading lights featured in the clever and entertaining series Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke.

Frame grabs from Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke © Channel Four Television

 

Our Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long luminaire, designed by Anthony Dickens, hung decorously from the ceiling of a converted St. John ambulance station of all things. The filmmakers really showed off the piece shooting it from lots of different angles and in its first prominent shot, the Five Bar Long fills the frame albeit showing only four of the five lights.

Frame grabs from Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke © Channel Four Television

 

It’s a very good feeling to have Made by the Forge associated with lifestyle programmes that point people at products that make for better interiors. The relevant episode, series two, episode two, is still viewable on the Channel 4 website until 24th November here:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/ugly-house-to-lovely-house-with-george-clarke/on-demand/65271-002

If you’re not logged in to view Four On Demand, then that simple process takes a few seconds. Hope you enjoy it.

Juliet Fishenden

Measuring up a curved bay can be a daunting task. Generally these windows are fairly large and it is always helpful to have help measuring it accurately so that the pole fits perfectly.

Made by the Forge provide made to measure window poles to your own specific requirements and to help anyone looking to measure up for one we decided to produce a helpful video which steers you through the process showing you how easy it is.

Once you have your pole ready to install, have a look at the video below to help you put it up.

There are also helpful picture diagrams showing the various different types of bay window  online on our bay window page. Getting a price is easy too if you fill in the measurement boxes provided the price is worked out for you.  If the price is what you consider reasonable you can order your pole at anytime of the day or night to suit you!

Juliet Fishenden

In this modern, interconnected world of ‘Now!’ or even sooner, it pays to keep an eye on what the current groundswell of opinion is, what people are thinking and what’s trending. To us, a trend is an ephemeral thing, born fast and soon passed. But it pays to know what is currently of particular interest. Made by the Forge’s products have a timeless quality to them, built as they are to last a lifetime. Wrought ironwork has been taken up by contemporary consumers who recognise that authenticity and superior craft can bestow on – even the most humble product – a veneer of ‘cool’. Turning to a search engine of choice, I was surprised to see one aspect of ironwork poking its head above the parapet as a modern object of desire.

The definition of a balustrade is as follows; a railing supported by balusters, especially one forming an ornamental parapet to a balcony, bridge, or terrace. The elements of a balustrade are; the handrail and its parallel baserail; the spindles are the supporting rods attaching the rails and the extra supporting pillars are known as newel posts. To you and me, we call all that ‘a stair rail’.

Over the centuries, ironwork has been spectacularly wrought into ingenious designs (just visit Barcelona and let your eye wander up the frontage of buildings) and there doesn’t seem to be any limit on human imagination when it comes to decorative ironwork. At Made by the Forge, we favour simple lines and clean designs, an approach that has acquired the word ‘minimalist’. But whatever your preference, whatever your own unique design, we can make it a reality. Get creative!

Juliet Fishenden

Inspiration can strike at anytime. You suddenly see in your mind’s eye that perfect piece of ironwork to put your pans in order, bespoke shelving and hooks to sort out that boot room. And isn’t it about time you did something about the poker and brush by the fire and give them somewhere to hang out?

Made by the Forge offers you so much more than the specific products we feature on our web pages. We can take your bespoke designs and turn your imagination into handcrafted, wrought iron pieces, which will add a certain rustic charm to any interior. In older fashioned spaces or contemporary places, iron just works. Large or small, almost anything is possible. If you can dream it, we can create it.

What about that unconventional bay window that’s been underdressed for some while now? The boys at the Forge have been busy with bespoke bay curtain poles and by the unique shapes of them, I can’t wait to see what they look like once fitted and dressed.

People are responding very well to our easy guides to measuring up your bay pole. As always any feedback is appreciated and we’d love to see images of the final look of your newly dressed window.

 

 

Juliet Fishenden

In the ‘Home Front’ section in an article entitled ‘Paradise Regained’ featured in a recent Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, there’s a very familiar pendant light on page 53. The piece is an interview with Interior Designer, Rachel Richmond. Having taken on the restoration of a four-storey Georgian house in 2015, Rachel talks about the challenges of restoration. I particularly like her idea of moving art and furniture regularly from room to room to “…change the look of a room immediately.”

The Edinburgh house is part of a World Heritage site, so like listed buildings, there is a limit on what can be added or taken away. From the relevant web site, it says “The World Heritage Convention recognises the way in which people interact with nature, and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two.” Quite. Rachel was keen for the authorities to understand that her work was restoring what was and updating the work of the designer from the 80s, which had not been altered for over three decades.

For the kitchen she chose Made by the Forge’s Farrier’s Cage Five Bar Long pendant light designed by Anthony Dickens and purchased from Heal’s. This choice seems like a metaphor for the needs of the entire restoration; reinstating the house’s Georgian character from the past while installing modern works to complement it. The timeless design and handcrafted nature of the light reflect both aspects of the restoration. To see the recent Stella article, the Sunday Telegraph’s magazine, click here.

Juliet Fishenden

If you are looking for a curtain or blind maker, then you’ve come to the right place. Despite one of our customers saying that it’s “…almost a shame to hang the curtains on them, the rods look so good as they are,” our curtain poles are crafted with curtains in mind. And we are thrilled to be working with one of the best curtain makers out there.

Natalie Canning has a passion for exquisite window treatments. She is a renowned specialist in the design and creation of beautiful, unique curtains, blinds and soft furnishings. She founded Natalie Canning, The Soft Furnishing Experts in 2005 and has developed a reputation for her ability and dedication to the craft.

Natalie is continually working with Made by the Forge as her customers love the clean lines and simplicity of our made to measure iron poles. Richard often creates bespoke brackets to accommodate the unusual shapes and dimensions of the windows Natalie has to work with.

Traditional skills and expertise form the cornerstone of every project Natalie undertakes. She works with the finest fabrics, a talented close knit team of seamstresses and exacting standards. This commitment and devotion ensures beautiful results every time.

If you want to arrange a consultation contact Natalie at https://nataliecanning.co.uk/pages/contact-us

Make a window, make a room!

 

Juliet Fishenden

Kitchen specialists and furniture designers par excellence, Martin Moore, share our philosophy and love of traditional, British-made handcrafted products. Yorkshire based for 42 years, their superbly made and beautifully finished work speaks for itself. In the Supplement to this month’s House and Garden magazine, one of their bespoke kitchens is featured and it’s a real beauty.

Set in a former church hall with lighting issues and great length but not width, the kitchen designer had to overcome a few not insignificant, practical hurdles. With a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles, Toni Silver’s elegant, informal design makes it a tremendous space for people to gather and not just one in which to prepare food. Made by the Forge was commissioned to handcraft the pan rack, which is fixed to the large mirror. As Toni says, “…the mirror is antique. So fixing a rack to it took on a special care and importance!”

It’s good to know that our classic ironwork fits in so well with such a contemporary kitchen. Clichés are clichés for a reason but it really is true that classics never go out of style. It’s also very satisfying to contribute to such a project and an honour to be associated with such a fine company whose work echoes our own passions and goals. To see the House & Garden Kitchen & Bathroom supplement article, July 2017, click here.

 

 

Juliet Fishenden

Hot off the press is our new Made by the Forge pamphlet that will give you an overview of the range of wrought iron products we can make to order. The pamphlet opens out into an attractive poster giving you a helpful snapshot of our handmade ironwork for you to peruse.

Pamplet for blog

Richard’s passion for making sustainable products is leading him down new roads with new ideas to enhance the rooms in your home.

working-on-anvil-blog

As a perfect example, there is our new Beehive Light Collection, available to view in Heal’s Flagship store on Tottenham Court Road in London or in their Brighton store. They have been produced in conjunction with Anthony Dickens, an award winning British product designer.

Beehive Seven Cluster Wall blog

If you drop me a note with your name and address to juliet@madebytheforge.co.uk I’ll send you your own printed copy. The pamphlets are added automatically to any order.

 

Juliet Fishenden

Made by the Forge’s Richard and I met with Michael Strand, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Development Officer in Leavenheath. We drove down a long stony track and through a gate, which opened up into a huge expanse of wild countryside. It was raining, as it duly does when we go to see the trees being planted by the SWT! We pledged a long time ago now to plant a tree for every order received. We still do this and attend the tree planting personally. It takes place once a year with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and this year a new green lane is being planted.

Tree Planting blog

The rain was steadily falling as the wind billowed around the volunteers who seemed in good spirits regardless of the weather. The men and woman were on a Team Building day away from their desks and warm office. This was the Customer Service Team from UK Power Networks. The volunteers are allocated two days a year to work with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

SWT tree planting blog

The planting was at Kingsland Copse, part of Ager Fen and Spouces Vale and was planned so that the new hedgerows would one day connect to the existing hedges of trees providing habitat for all sorts of species, especially the dormice which in recent years have dwindled in number.

We were told that the dormouse is doing very well in this area due to their re-population of the habitat provided for them. They eat a mixture of flowers, nectar, hawthorn, autumn berries, blackberries and haws. Creating this new green lane would provide more of a playground home for them.

The rough mix of trees planted was approximately 50% hazel, 25% blackthorn and a selection of buckthorn, dog rose and oak which, we were told, are good for bats because they grow bigger than the other tree species.

Roots of the new trees blog

It’s all good news and Michael told us that the whole area that the Suffolk Wildlife Trust now own and manage around Ager Fen is now home to the nightingale again. It was absent for around ten years but is now back so this in itself shows the area is becoming rich in resources in which the wild world needs to flourish.

Tree planted blog

Juliet Fishenden

New Product Launch – The Forge Shelf Brackets

There is something extremely satisfying about robust, reliable shelving and a shelf’s best friend is what it’s supported by. Made by the Forge’s Forge Shelf Bracket is a product that conveys simplicity first and foremost. There is no tin it comes in but if it did, it does exactly what it says on it. It’s there to do a job, and once installed properly on a wall, it’ll take the heavy load.

mbtf_shelf-blog

There are few homes in the land that could not use a little more shelving. These durable and extremely strong brackets are made of solid wrought iron and despite their rustic simplicity, they are rather attractive and come with a choice of black or natural beeswax finish. They are handcrafted in bespoke sizes to perfectly match your choice of shelving.

So why not let this sturdy support inspire you to action? Space may have been Captain Kirk’s final frontier but for the rest of us, it’s at a premium. So save time, save space and reclaim that floor area, maximise that wall space and put up that shelf.

mbtf_shelf-oak_blog