Friday 20 September 2019

Always wanted a bespoke piece of furniture? Here’s how to do it

Enigma Design
Enigma Design

When a piece of furniture has been individually crafted and handmade just for you, it really is a thing of beauty and something to be treasured for many years to come.

At house 2018, Ireland’s leading interiors event, you will find some of Ireland’s best-known craftspeople with extensive experience commissioning bespoke furniture. It’s a great opportunity to meet these creators, discuss ideas and see their beautiful creations in person. For the May Bank Holiday there is a flash sale with 2-for-1 tickets, just use the code MAYDAY at checkout.

The Process

Tim and Sean of Dunleavy Bespoke have been a part of house since 2016. Their advice when it comes to commissioning a piece of furniture, whether for your home or office, is to collaborate closely with your craftsperson and be an integral part at each stage of the process.

“The commissioning process can be a very involved experience for our clients. It allows you to see the piece take shape whilst ensuring that you get exactly what you want,” the design duo comments.

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Dunleavy Design. Photo: Michael Donnelly

“Whether you have a good idea of what you want to achieve or just know you would like ‘something’ to go in a particular space, our team will guide you through the process and help you to understand the complexities of crafting a one-off, bespoke piece of furniture.”

Whether you are loo for a new kitchen, a wall unit, shelving or a statement coffee table, commissioning can be a leap of faith for some clients. According to Knut Klimmek of Klimmek Henderson; “As a designer it is my job to build trust and understanding with my clients by asking questions, explaining and testing boundaries. It's like any relationship where the time spent getting to know each other is an investment in the successful outcome of the project.”

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Klimmek Henderson


Shane Tubrid has created countless designs for private and corporate clients, including free-standing pieces of furniture that aim to push the boundaries of furniture design whilst providing a practical function for the end user.

When is comes to a budget, Shane believes that while it can shape the commissioning process, it’s not essential. He works with a vast array of budgets to always achieve a client’s requirements and expectations.

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Shane Tubrid

Steven Jones from Enigma Design discusses how he helps bring his clients’ visions to life:

  • Start off looking at interiors websites and magazines to get inspired.
  • Once you have a general idea of what you like, email some images along with basic measurements of the required piece or units along with a brief description of what you are hoping to achieve.
  • From there, the designer will work out a provisional quotation and show you some examples of similar work completed.
  • If within budget, Steven and his team would call out to discuss in more detail and take final measurements, before producing the full set of 3D designs.
  • From there it is a matter of fine tuning the designs before commencing production and then installation.

The finished piece or unit should reflect your life, your personality and be functional.  The attention to detail and craftsmanship of a one-off piece will last the test of time.

Come along to house 2018, from May 25th-27th at Dublin's RDS, to meet Tim, Sean, Knut, Shane and Steven along with many other Irish craftspeople. Don't forget, there's a flash sale this long weekend- just use the code MAYDAY at checkout to get 2-for-1 tickets.

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