Bespokee: A New Return to Tradition

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Growing up in India I remember visiting the beautiful homes of all my relatives from Bombay to Calcutta, each respectively filled with good solid, quality pieces of furniture, some amazing in style and some purely functional but equally charming in aesthetic. They were unique, homely and full of character. I never remember anyone talking about furniture stores – everyone got everything they needed on a very one to one bespoke basis from a local craftsman or local cottage industry. They would see what they wanted in a magazine or TV and simply have it made.

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A sign of our times and ever growing “communities”, not many people “know someone who knows someone” any more. That’s where where you can view a selection of their makers’ previous work.

From joinery services to access to ceramists – when you know what you’re after, simply describe your vision and, if possible, upload or include a link to any relevant images or sketches. You will soon receive messages from makers interested in bringing your vision to life.

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The service incorporates the clever and unique experience of witnessing your vision come to life. Your project will be given its own “Workshop Updates” page, your maker will share messages, photos and/or videos with you throughout the making process. Your Workshop Updates page will ultimately form a story that you can share with your friends and family via social media.

I love this exciting and modern idea of bringing a sense of community and ownership back into our homes and I am pretty sure i’ll be logging on as soon as I receive my next copy of Elle Decoration!

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

1 Comment on Bespokee: A New Return to Tradition

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    Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 13:15 at 1:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Rohini, thanks for spreading the word about our service and our incredible makers from across Britain! With so many talented craftsmen here in the UK, there is no reason why buying bespoke products from local artisans shouldn’t be as mainstream today as it once was in the past.

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