River Bespoke, the Norfolk based independent brand, specialise in the design and manufacture of beautiful, handcrafted and bespoke shelves, which when put together in clusters on a wall deliver a striking and unique feature for expressing style and personality. The simple, elegant designs provide the perfect way of rotating decorative accessories, making it easy to update a space or change the décor to rotate with the season. Not only do styled shelves create a focal point of interest in any room, they also provide a space for bringing textures and tones in the room together.
River Bespoke provide a product that is completely customisable from layout, frame size, frame colour and finish, to timber choice. The design team are focussed on achieving a seamless finish so all joints are hidden creating a true floating effect. They also use the finest sustainably sourced hardwoods including Ash, Oak and American walnut.
This is where it all started….
I am Katie and my background is in Marketing. My husband Tim has been running high tech start-ups for the past 20 years. Our lives started to change when we spent 3 years lovingly renovating our period home in Cambridge. We were fed up with the monotony of a 9 to 5 life and the strains of Tim travelling all over the world for his businesses, so we decided to consider a move to Norfolk, a place that we have always loved. Being closer to the countryside and able to enjoy peace and tranquillity was an exciting prospect for us and something that we’d only experienced in our long weekend breaks to Cornwall.
In April last year we actually decided to make it happen and we purchased a house in Norfolk, remote with amazing views and also modern (well 2005), quite different from our Grade II* listed house in Cambridge. We immediately started updating it to fit our style and family life and as always, not wanting to settle for high street products, we started designing and making our own furniture, bespoke shelving and home accessories so we could achieve the beautiful and unique finish we wanted. People have always commented on our style and furniture and how beautiful it was, but it wasn’t until we had our kitchen fitted and received comments from numerous professionals that we decided to take a huge leap of faith and start our own business so that others could also enjoy our ideas.
It works well for us and has been a complete role reversal. Tim, always an engineer, loves the creativity and engineering of furniture (and tools) whilst I get excited talking to potential clients and interior designers about projects and partnerships. We are passionate about our business and creating bespoke, quality products for other to enjoy and our skills complement each other perfectly. We love the fact that we have created something together, working with each other to achieve a shared goal.
We are quickly gaining traction with interior designers and after initially focussing on residential installations, we are now in negotiations with two flagship hotels in London regarding stunning deployments, one of which is installing our shelves on either side of a glass partition wall turning shelves into a unique piece of artwork.
2020 has only just begun but it’s clear it will be an exciting year for us!
Tel: 07572 868549