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Tynemouth business expands into new premises

Chris Smith and Andy Johnson, of Tynemouth Handmade Furniture. Picture by John Millard.
Chris Smith and Andy Johnson, of Tynemouth Handmade Furniture. Picture by John Millard.

A bespoke furniture making company is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability thanks to an increase in upcycling materials.

Tynemouth Handmade Furniture, set up in 2015 by Chris Smith and Andy Johnson, provides all types of bespoke built-in and stand-alone furniture.

Now it has opened a 700sq ft workshop on the banks of the Tyne to support its business growth plans and its commitment to meet increasing demand for furniture from recycled material.

The duo, who left careers in accountancy and long-haul travel to pursue their passion for creating furniture, have moved into the purpose-designed facility, where they can not only take on larger commissions, but can also pre-build much of their pieces to significantly reduce the amount of time they need to spend in a customer’s home.

In just over two years demand for Tynemouth Handmade Furniture products have soared, but the company says it has experienced a significant increase in the amount of commissions received for one-off pieces made from upcycled and innovative materials.

Chris said: “We make all kinds of bespoke furniture, but we take particular pleasure in tackling unusual commissions.

“However, to meet the demand for all our products we needed more space.

“We have invested in new machinery that will allow us to produce reclaimed furniture with the same quality of fit and finish as our modern bespoke designs.”