John Makepeace, the Furniture Designer Who Thinks ‘Anything is Possible…’
John Makepeace, the Furniture Designer who Thinks ‘Anything is Possible…’
Makepeace items sell for thousands of pounds at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Most of his work is commissioned; each piece is very individual, built to serve specific purposes and tastes.
And what makes his furniture so special? Their excellent craftsmanship. Beautifully made by hand in his studio at Parnham House in Dorset, they can not be duplicated as the patterns in the wood can never be the same. ‘With one-offs you are really pushing yourself. If you repeat things you are not using your best skills’. Indeed.
For his furniture he selects woods from indigenous woodlands and gardens which are extraordinary because of their colour and grain but not available in commercial quantities. Rare and distinctive, these timbers are ideal for the making of individual pieces.