Interiors Archive

Juliet Fishenden
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We have been looking into how we can show off our classic wrought iron curtain poles to their best advantage. There are so many ways to dress a window space we have decided to go for a contemporary, subtle material to achieve a distinctive, luxurious look.

If big bold patterns are not your thing and you are looking for a cool understated look in your interior then you can’t go wrong with a good quality fabric with an interesting texture or pattern. For simplicity I love the Ishida collection from Designers Guild which has a large colour palette and a variety of textures, from a tweedy chenille weave to one with a lustrous sheen.
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For something with a bit of fun there is a playful dotted design from Harlequin fabrics – Artisan Embroideries collection – Bobbin. Shown below in Toast/Linen and Eggshell but is also available in bright raspberry/lime and turquoise if you want to be bold, it would look great with strong paint colours! The artisan quality would go perfectly with our handmade iron curtain poles and a Cannon Ball or Button finial.
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Layering your window fabrics can work well, we can make special brackets and poles to hold a light sheer curtain behind your main curtains. Harlequin fabrics has a range called Momentum Sheers and Structures II – Noa in graphite is particularly striking.
https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/momentum-sheers-and-structures-ii/noa/?code=HMOH131503
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We are always pleased to see any photos of the fabrics you have used or are considering using. So please do share your images and thoughts.

Juliet Fishenden
Made by the Forge - Farrier's Cage Collection

House Beautiful magazine have featured Richard as one of their ‘New Artisans’ all of whom are working hard to show case their craft skills and new lighting products. The article is in their March 2015 issue from page 28-31 and is an interesting and informative read.
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Juliet Fishenden
3 poles for blog

There are subtle differences in the beeswax and matt black finishes. The image of the 3 finials above shows the Thumper and Button in Beeswax and the Cannon Ball, in the middle, coated with matt black paint.
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Matt black is an all over paint. It has a consistent finish that will wear well and not change in colour over time. It can be wiped clean with a damp sponge and is more suitable in a damp area than beeswax. The paint covers the iron completely giving it a uniform slick look and looks incredibly smart framing a window.
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Beeswax is a natural wax that is applied to the metal as soon as it is forged, while the iron is still hot. Once cool, it gives the metal a protective coating yet has no colour. The result is a piece of ironwork with a very dark, luxurious ‘sheen’. It allows the natural colour and grain of the metal to stand out.
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If you have any questions regarding the finish to suit you personally then please do send us an email or call for more information.

Juliet Fishenden
Ideal Home Mag cover March 2015

Ideal Home magazine has run a feature on Artisan Lighting. (March 2015, p16) They claim it as the ‘Next Big Thing’. We hope so and were thrilled to see our Farrier’s Cage Long light, designed by Anthony Dickens, featured alongside 4 other designer pendant lights. Ideal Home state that: ‘The Backlash to a throwaway society has prompted the revival of artisan craftsmanship. The latest luxury items are made using expert skills and traditional materials to create sustainable, memorable and unique pieces’.

“Re-imagining an everyday cage light by using design details unique to the forging process.” Anthony Dickens

Farrier's Cage Light Long

Juliet Fishenden
Back stays for Forge Chair

Things from nature have something about them that are pleasant to the eye. It’s a part of the natural World that most of us humans can appreciate, especially when it is in the form of furniture. Most of us will have a piece of furniture made of wood or metal or a combination of the two in our houses. They work beautifully together. Richard remembers as a boy being in awe seeing the massive iron handles and hinges on his local Church door. “The huge oak panels and the blacksmithed hinges just seemed to merge together to become one”.

Crafts people have used both for centuries; partly because it was all they had. They made items to cherish, decorate and that were practical for their homes. We have always wanted to combine wood and metal together to make something special and so when Made by the Forge got the chance to work with designer Chris Eckersely and master craftsman Dave Green we were were really excited.
Chris at home with some of his chairs
Chris (above) specialises in chairs and furniture made from wood. We invited Chris to our forge to learn some blacksmithing skills and then Chris went away and came up with plans for a wooden chair with forged ironwork integrated within it.
Sketch of Forge Chair
The back slats that are normally made of wood have been replaced by ironwork. We used a piece of round bar and then heated and forged it flat so that it would be softer to the seated persons back. The stay that joins the legs together was also made of iron. Chris decided to keep the whole piece natural and so we finished the iron parts of the chair in beeswax.
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We took the ironwork parts to Dave Green, who owns the renowned British chair makers Sitting Firm. He had the task of making all the wooden parts and then putting the chair together. He carefully chose English Ash and Elm from the shores of Loch Lomond. Every chair is individual as the grain of the wood will never be the same, the hammer marks are never in the same spot so it is therefore a special and a true piece of traditional craftsmanship. The end result was a stunning piece of furniture.
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If you would more information on this chair then please get in touch by calling us on: +44 (0)1473 487118 or to speak with Richard direct on 07787 542 860 or email us at sales@madebytheforge.co.uk.

Every chair is hand made and hand built by Made by the Forge and Sitting Firm. If you would like to sit on the chair and experience how comfortable it is then please call to arrange a sitting!

Juliet Fishenden
Pheasants

We love these beautiful fabrics from Mulberry and Linwood which both use game birds to create a country house style. There are plenty of colourful pheasants around us in the fields in Suffolk so its a perfect match for our home. Our classic wrought iron poles are simply perfect for showcasing luxurious drapes and our choice of finials means that you can choose be discreet or make a statement. Both materials have quite a large pattern which gives an immediate impact to any upholstery or curtains.
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We find it’s always worth getting a selection of fabric samples and pinning them to your existing curtain or chair to see how it looks and to see if the scale of the pattern suits the size of your room. It is also useful to see the fabric in different lights throughout the day.
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http://www.linwoodfabric.com/sporting-life

If something more contemporary is more your style then sign up to this blog and watch for updates where we will be showcasing more of 2015’s fabulous fabrics.

Juliet Fishenden
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One of our customers lives in an old cottage and is used to draughts but the one through the front door into the hall was becoming a problem. Richard made her a new curtain pole and Cannon Ball finial to replace the old wooden one which didn’t support a thick curtain very well as the fixings were not strong enough and were pulling away from the plaster.
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“With a recess bracket on the left the curtain can sit tight to the wall now and the strong solid pole with a robust bracket supports a heavier curtain. With a classic Cannonball finial it looks really smart and adds a finishing touch”. Thanks G from Suffolk
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Made by the Forge’s Style Tip: We in the office felt that, if there was enough room, the curtain and space may benefit from a tie back hook and a separate tie back. In the summer months when we look for drafts the curtain neatly tucked away could be of benefit. There are lots of different options for tie backs. They can be made from the same curtain material or there are many tassels on the market to choose from. A door curtain can have that finishing touch and be really quite decorative.
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Juliet Fishenden
Made by the Forge - Farrier's Cage Collection

I recently visited the new, much talked of, M Restaurant, on Threadneedle Street in the City of London. It was a wow moment the minute I walked in the door. I could not focus on any one thing as there was so much of interest to look at. Loads of amazing lights, all different sizes, all different shapes, lots of shine and sparkle and lots of cool earthy tones all mixed together in an amazing eclectic combination. The decor works brilliantly and I want to go there again just to sit on the plush velvet seating, eat and drink and look and wonder.

M Restaurant

M Restaurant

This is what they say on their website:

‘The debut of the multifaceted venue M, created by Martin Williams, (former MD of Gaucho), has been hailed as one of the most highly anticipated openings of the year. M houses two restaurants, a destination cocktail bar, a wine tasting room, a secret den and four private dining and events spaces. Featuring interiors by Rene Dekker Design and art by Miles Aldridge (courtesy Grimaldi Gavin, London), M boasts an all-star line-up. Head Chef Jarad McCarroll has moved across from Chiltern Firehouse, overseen by Exec Chef Michael Reid (right hand man to Melbourne’s ‘Rock star Chef’, Shannon Bennett). The restaurant is headed up by Francesco Cappucci, who was previously in charge at Cecconi’s.’

We were delighted when Rene Decker the award winning interior designers who have the most exquisite style, commissioned us to make a collection of lights for one of M’s private dining rooms. They look amazing and they sit perfectly in this very smart, cool space situated down the middle of the long table. I think I need to plan a party!

Farrier's Cages in M Restaurant

 

Juliet Fishenden
tie backs

The interior designers we work with have said that when dressing a window the whole space should be looked at very carefully to begin with. Accessories such as curtain hold backs and tie backs should not be overlooked because for most of the day your curtains will be pulled back. They control the curtain and give it a little extra glamour. We agree that these  little finishing touches make a room even more special. Our solid wrought iron hold backs have been designed to match our curtain pole finials.

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Fabric or cord curtain tie backs are also very practical and stylish. We offer a very neat and discreet wrought iron tie back hook which works fabulously with a decorative cord.

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The right curtain hold backs can make a difference, giving your window treatment just a little more interest and style.

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At Made by the Forge we pride ourselves in offering a proper, old fashioned customer service. We have many products available in a standard size and we also offer a custom made service if you need it.

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For example with our curtain poles we are able to make brackets at any projection to suit your needs. This is particularly helpful in old houses when the walls are not straight!

This is what one of our customers thought of our service:

“Made by the Forge makes a terrific handmade ironwork product and provides impeccable service. Richard is always available to provide advice and is very responsive to particular requirements. We were doing a major refurbishment project in Central London where each window needed poles and fittings adapted to particular tight fits and cornice situations, as so often happens in old converted buildings. Richard responded by making special fittings and finials; always quickly, efficiently, and at very reasonable prices. Plus this ironwork looks great with sophisticated fabrics. It would be a pleasure to use Made by the Forge again.” A.C. Chelsea, London

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We are thrilled that AC is thrilled and look forward to seeing some photos.