My name is Poppy and I am a furnitureholic.
I really and truly am. And I’m not a cheaply made furniture lover, no siree. I’m the ‘I can’t afford that chair but maybe I can if I don’t eat for three months’ furniture devotee. Which is problematic as I’m horrible when I don’t eat. Even if I’m sitting on a beautiful chair.
This love affair started as soon as I bought my first flat, and I very quickly realised that within my price bracket (not mahoosive) I had to choose between practical and functional, and beautiful. And the more beautiful it was, the more expensive it was… so I went for practical and promised myself that as and when I could afford it, I’d start to add special, beautifully made pieces… and this chapter of my life has only really just begun.
What I didn’t know, is that a very clever chap called Samuel Chan, a furniture designer born in Hong Kong and educated in Britain, had decided some years back that no one should have to compromise on beautiful design, just because they don’t’ have oodles of cash.
In 1995 Samuel set up Channels with a studio-showroom in Southwest London and a workshop in Shropshire, enabling him to keep the entire design-make-sell process in-house. So he was in control of everything, from the initial concept and drawings, to the final piece, the price and most importantly, the gorgeous design.
Channels quickly became known for clean, contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship. And Samuel didn’t stop there – in 2013 he set up Joined and Jointed – a collective of furniture makers, celebrated designers and artisans who share his love for contemporary design and meticulous craft… and I recently went to visit him in his showroom and fell in love with, um, everything.
“From the initial sketch to the final finished piece, Joined and Jointed is collaborating with some of the most exciting designers working today – some established, others just emerging. We believe they are some of the finest talent around.”
As I walked around the showroom on the New Kings Road, it struck me how every piece of furniture was so considered. Everything was beautifully designed, without it feeling overly so. I could imagine every piece in any home (especially mine) and I loved the small and unique details on every item. Samuel explained that it is these details which usually get removed by the bigger companies when it comes to keeping costs down in production, but these are also the things that Samuel feels shouldn’t be compromised. He always asks his designers, what is the thing that makes your piece unique and special? And that is the thing he fights to keep, be it a specific mechanism, a handle, or the thickness of the wood…
For me, one of the most exciting aspects of Joined and Jointed was how affordable and reasonably priced everything was. So much so, I thought they’d made errors on all of the price tags. Items that I assumed would be £1000s, just weren’t at all, and the gorgeous ‘Box’ bedside tables I now own were also a surprise at £255 each – here they are in my bedroom, in all their glory…
‘A simple design with a long history. The finger joint detail and ‘hanging box’ drawer were early preoccupations for J+J founder Samuel Chan as he explored concepts for his first furniture collections. This latest incarnation expresses his pursuit of beauty through line and craft.’
I adore our new bedside tables and I love everything about Joined + Jointed. It’s real design, real skill and no cut corners at accessible prices.
Joined and Jointed
1 New Kings Road,
London SW6 4SB
I was gifted the beautiful side tables and all thoughts & opinions are my own