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Bespoke furniture: where to source it

Atelier278's Momina Watton meets _shift to discuss the curation of vintage and made-to-order furniture

Conquering the world of interior design as an amateur can be a daunting experience. However, maintaining an interior space unique to you to unwind and fall in love with is an undeniable comfort, here’s how you can get started. 

To get to a point of decorative completion, of even a small room, can sometimes seem unattainable. However, vintage style furniture can help to elevate a space, giving a simple note of classic ambience to the simplest of interiors. It may at first seem overwhelming trying to find that perfect piece to fit the mood of a room. _shift meets Momina Watton, founder of Atelier278 – who sources and sells vintage furniture and creates her own range of marble furniture – to discuss how to elevate your space.  

Otto Grande coffee table in honed arabescato corchia marble

What is Atelier278 main source of inspiration when it comes to designing with a vintage aesthetic in mind?

What I find so inspiring about not only vintage design but also marble and travertine – is how classic and timeless it is. Many of our pieces have been inspired by 1970s designs – an era that heavily featured travertine – but equally more classic architecture such as the Italian marble columns that can be found in some of the most breathtaking buildings around the world. Either way, the beauty of natural stone never fades and can be interpreted in a multitude of ways to suit your own personal aesthetic.

How can made to order furniture contribute to a more sustainable industry?

Although Atelier278 began with vintage curation, it soon became apparent that finding a piece that the customer loves that is still functional for the space was difficult. Choosing a vintage table that was either too small or too big felt like a false economy, both financially but also from a sustainability perspective. This led us to offer made to order pieces based on classic vintage designs, for when a vintage piece just doesn’t work. So whilst we still champion vintage where it works – we still launch a very tightly edited curation of vintage pieces from time to time – we want to ensure that customers are making carefully considered purchases that will stay with them for a long time to come, rather than the ‘fast fashion’ equivalent to interiors.

What should you consider when ordering furniture?

The three main factors to consider are material, production and transportation. We ensure that our materials are all responsibly sourced and delivered in bulk, we then produce our tables locally in the UK and we group our deliveries together to limit our carbon footprint. There is always room for improvement, it’s an ever evolving journey – but an important one.

How do you help your customers find a suitable piece for their home?

The key to our brand has and always will be the personal interaction with the customer to guide them through the process. As our pieces are Made to Order, this allows our customers not only to select their marble but also adapt sizing to their space and needs. We even offer our larger tabletops in two pieces to fit through narrow city apartments. We want to ensure that the final pieces are something they will truly love that will stay with them for many years to come.

Premium stones: Arabescato corchia marble: £2,925, Calacatta monet marble: £3,150, Calacatta viola marble: £3,700


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