From the Forge – News Archive

Juliet Fishenden

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

I came across this lovely New Year greeting and felt it would be lovely to share it with all our readers.

I met love, health, peace and joy,

They needed a permanent place to stay.

I gave them your address hope they arrived safely.

“Happy New Year”

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Juliet Fishenden

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.

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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

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.

Juliet Fishenden

It was a lovely surprise to read about Made by the Forge in the latest Crafts magazine. It is always pleasing to be mentioned.

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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.

 

Juliet Fishenden

Introducing myself Juliet, and Richard Fishenden. The faces behind Made by the Forge. Richard is a skilled farrier and blacksmith with over 20 years experience. I bring over 20 years of business experience and a passion for creative design.

Rich, Juliet and Dinky

 

We spent a day last week with Bruce Head, a professional photographer creating some brilliant shots for our launch at the design junction exhibition in London next week.
If you are in London between 18th-21st Sept and have some spare time do come to DesignJunction and visit our stand; we would love to meet you. Stand number B6 in the basement of The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street, Part of lightjunction.

 

Juliet Fishenden

We are delighted to be working alongside William Warren who has designed the Onion and Bi-Forged lamps for Made by the Forge. Richard and William worked together in the forge during the initial process.

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William says: “It’s not easy to comprehend the malleable properties of hot metal when holding the cold finished artefact. In skilled hands like Richard’s, the metal can move dramatically.”

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The Bi-Forged lamps have been made and are ready to photograph. (Watch this space)  They will be showcased at design junction in London on the 18th-21st September.

After a successful day a the Forge, Murphy, one of our forms of transport, took all the designers to the pub for a well earned beer!

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Juliet Fishenden

Here at Made by the Forge we are gearing up for exhibiting our new lighting collection at London design junction which starts on the 18th September. We have had many decisions to make and one of them has been regarding lamp shades. The photos are of shades that Chris Eckersley has designed specifically for his Highview lamps. We are not taking the wrapping paper off until the show!

 

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Chris Eckersely has designed a stunning upright standard lamp and a curved reading light both which have lamp shades over the bulb. It was decided, after much discussion, to keep the lamp shades in a neutral colour so not to detract from the beauty of the solid iron structure he has developed. However, the beauty of covered lamp shades is that the shade can be custom made with any material, of any colour to suit anyones individual, personal style. Joanna Wallis who hand makes bespoke lamp shades offers the most beautiful options which are very dramatic depending upon your own decor.

Juliet Fishenden
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Our new Made by the Forge lighting collection will be launched at the London Design Festival event.  Designjunction showcases the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting world-class brands against stunning industrial backdrops so we are delighted to be involved.

Richard has been working hard in the forge putting the finishing touches to one of the lights in the new collection, The Bar Light designed by Gareth Neal. It all started with our lighting collaboration weekends where four acclaimed designers came to the forge to trial their concepts and learn about iron and the blacksmith craft. We love the combination of natural materials, traditional skills and contemporary design.
The results have been inspiring and we will have four final designs to showcase at the event and we are really looking forward to meeting with other retailers and designers.
Watch this space for more updates, or follow us on twitter or Facebook.
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