Made by the Forge was delighted to be featured in Country Living magazine, November issue and as the December issue is now out we have added the full article below for anyone who missed it.
We often turn to talent and craftsmanship in other disciplines to set off and compliment Made by the Forge’s products. For our new wrought iron standard lamps, designed by Chris Eckesley, we needed appropriate lampshades. When we saw the lovely work of Annette Rolston, we were compelled to collaborate with her and Mike Fenton to use their playful, artistic and distinctly British lampshades.
Annette and Mike specialise in painting and printmaking and take their inspiration from where else but the East Anglian countryside. Mike’s expertise is in his depiction of animals in the tiniest detail and both are experts in the craft of linocutting, the intricate art of creating an image by cutting into lino and taking prints off it.
Annette is drawn more to the abstract and creates patterned work though still based on nature’s varied landscapes especially trees and leaves. Sometimes her inspirations come from the cellular level where the abstract thrives in endless detail. The lamps and lampshades are available now (please email us for full pictures) and the relevant website pages will be up in the next week.
On 27th October Richard and Anthony took an audience at Heal’s Westborne Grove through our story at Made by the Forge and their on going working relationship as blacksmith and designer. Richard spoke about his love of the forging process, forming wrought iron by hand and his respect to the generations of makers before him whose hammer marks are still evident on their products centuries later. Anthony spoke about his motivation behind creating simple and elegant wrought iron products that feature details unique to the forging process and are inspired by living and reflecting a contemporary world.
Our thanks to the staff at Heal’s for making it such a friendly and rewarding experience.
Made by the Forge’s relationship with Heal’s started with the renowned London chain taking on our designer lighting collection for sale in their Tottenham Court Road store. Designer Anthony Dickens has reimagined and renamed the initial designs and added a new one to the collection and prices have been restructured.
The Farrier’s Cage Globe Three Line now includes a wrought iron ceiling rose finished with beeswax. His Teardrop Six Ring design has been reconfigured. Anthony’s new design is a range of Beehive lights available in four configurations, Single, Three and Seven Hang and a Five Line.
Heal’s followed the design process with some enthusiasm (the chain is well known for supporting British designers) and after the to and fro of meetings, prototypes, and tweaks, we settled on the beehive design which Heal’s was thrilled by.
Our relationship took a further step forward by being invited to showcase the new lighting collection at the Festival of Light running now until November 12th. If you’re passing Heal’s at Tottenham Court Road, pop in and have a look. The Launch Party was on the 20th October and both Richard and I represented Made by the Forge together with the extremely tall Anthony Dickens.
Both Richard and Anthony have been invited to talk at Heal’s at Westbourne Grove, in celebration of the store’s 1st birthday on 27th October. For details of this free event (with bubbly and birthday cake), sign up on line:
Some of our clients send in images of their new ironwork and the image below is from a customer who wanted brackets for a wooden shelf he wanted to mount on the wall. His idea was simple and stylish and the handmade brackets bring a touch of individuality to his home with the added benefit of supporting us British Blacksmiths and helping keep our craft alive.
The testimonials below are from two satisfied customers and an image showing how artisanal touches can add to any room making it feel and look special:
Many thanks for the curtain pole. All safely received and “aesthetically’ mounted on the living room wall. Really nicely made and looks great.
Loved the clear instruction leaflet..
Just to let you know that our order arrived yesterday, I am delighted with the curtain poles and ties backs.
The chap will fit them next week, and then the curtains soon after that.
Your company has been a pleasure to deal with, very approachable, reasonably priced, excellent service, and made in Great Britain which I am very passionate about.
I will have no hesitation in recommending you.
Many thanks and kind regards
Natalie Canning is passionate about beautiful materials and we are delighted to share her 5 top tips to help you choose the best curtain and blind fabric for your home.
1. CONSIDER THE LOCATION
- If the window is in a sunny location, does your curtain fabric or blind fabric need to be thick enough to reduce some of the light? Would you prefer a lightweight material offering privacy but still allow the light to come through?
- Silk fabric is always a luxurious choice but will rot if exposed to sunlight…always interline and line silk curtains or silk blinds.
- Is the window draughty? Heavy weight curtain fabrics or blind fabrics help reduce draughts. Lighter weight materials may still be used but it would be advisable to line and interline them.
- What is the style of the room? Country home or contemporary? Consider patterns and colour.
Thumper finial above.
2. CURTAINS OR BLINDS?
- A heavy cotton fabric will hold it’s shape beautifully in a roman blind, whereas a lightweight fabric will appear more floppy and potentially lose shape over time.
- If the material has a pattern consider how it will look on the finished item e.g. if the pattern is large, will you see enough of it in your chosen window dressing?
- Far more fabric is required for making curtains, than roman blinds see 3. below.
Honey Dipper finial above.
3. THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET
- If you are trying to keep your costs down, I would recommend that you buy inexpensive fabric for making curtains but have them lined and interlined for that luxury feel. A more expensive coordinating fabric can then be used for smaller items e.g. cushions or roman blinds to complete the overall scheme.
Recess Pole above.
- Always measure your windows with a metal rule.
- Measure once, write down the amounts, then measure again to be sure.
- Always check the width of the fabric you are going to buy as these can vary greatly.
5. ALWAYS LOOK AT A FABRIC SAMPLE
- Before you buy your curtain fabric or blind fabric, it is always best to order a fabric sample. This allows you to see and feel the material before you make a decision to buy.
- If you are buying curtain fabric or blind fabric, hold your fabric sample up to the light in the position you would like it to be. For all soft furnishing fabrics place the fabric sample next to any other colours and patterns that will be used in the room.
Natalie takes great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings. She is always available in her Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements. All of her curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship. Contact Natalie on 01379 668170 or email@example.com.”
Made by the Forge make stunning bay window curtain poles from 20mm solid bar with beautiful handcrafted finials from our range. A bay window can be a daunting task to undertake but we have made it as easy as we can for you to order because we provide a bay window measuring guide which is easy to follow. Once you provide us with the measurements we can check them with you before beginning the work. To complete the look we offer hand forged matching brackets and curtain rings.
You will then receive a beautiful pole made specially for your window which you can then dress with the curtains of your choice.
Made by the Forge believe in affordable quality and simple elegant designs. We believe in products that will last a lifetime and we make all of our wrought iron products to do so.
Country Living Modern Rustic magazine Issue 5 is now available from all major magazine retailers. It is a stunning collection of amazing ideas to inspire and delight. Caroline Atkins who wrote the piece, has made it an interesting and informative read and the opposite page of supporting imagery, photographed by Andrew Montgomery, is stunning to look at. Made by the Forge is featured in this issue with an in-depth account of the story behind our ideas and where we are now. Always moving forward but always remembering our key ambition which is to hand-craft the very best ironwork, work with the best of British designers and make it to last you a lifetime.
Check out the Artisan Profile of Richard on page 110 for yourself….
Sort the bathroom. Make kitchen mess look less. And give yourself a gift of a beautifully hand made rail which is made to last. Our solid, wrought iron items can help offer you a calm and clutter free space where everything has its place.