Newport furniture maker launches new bespoke service

Newport based furniture manufacturer Bisley has announced the launch of its new bespoke package to service the ‘evolving needs of workspaces across the world’.

Bisley Bespoke combines the worlds of technical product design, engineering, architecture, and interior design with an aim of delivering interiors solutions to companies that require tailored, custom-made furniture for workplaces, from corporate office space to hospitals and hotels.

Recent clients include the new Al Ain Hospital near Abu Dhabi that saw Bisley design and manufacture custom-sized wet room lockers and changing room lockers for over 4,500 staff. As well as from the Swiss Government, who ordered thousands of custom designed lockers for a Ukrainian refugee camp on the Swiss-Poland border.

Furthermore, Bisley has secured a new contract win at the Googleplex headquarters in California. The project, which is currently in the consultation phase, will see Bisley supply bespoke furniture solutions for the corporate headquarters complex of Google at their campus in Mountain View.

“We also designed bespoke bedroom furniture solutions for the Tŷ Hotel in Milford Haven, which opened last summer,” the company added. “Featured pieces include a super-sized, padded headboard, co-ordinating bedside tables, unique mirrors, a dressing table with a black exposed steel frame, and large double wardrobes.”

The new bespoke service is led by Chris Fowler, Lead Designer, and Sam Ostrolenk, Technical Manager. Between them, they have almost 50 years of technical product design experience and have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world.

“Since we started doing bespoke assignments, we have seen exponential growth in this area, with more and more companies and organisations commissioning us for customised projects. It has become such a significant part of our offering that we are now launching it as an official service, available to commercial organisations who have specific requirements for a space, or perhaps are looking for a really individual aesthetic”, said Chris.

“Our work in the office sector has evolved so much in recent years,” says Sam. “The onset of the pandemic really levelled up our product offering, which has become far more extensive. For example, we’ve seen huge levels of growth in our locker products. Previously, this was a relatively small element of our business, but now, with many organisations operating on a hybrid basis and changing work patterns, lockers are experiencing a real boom moment, and often require bespoke solutions to suit the needs of the workspace.

“This isn’t simply a case of a company ordering 100 steel lockers and lining them up against a wall in a basement – our lockers are being designed down to the smallest details. Think internal filtration systems and smart locks and are being fully integrated into the office landscape by architects and interior designers.”

“It’s interesting because some of our bespoke work has also fed back into our standard product portfolio,” says Chris. “Take Buddy for example – our personal storage solution to accompany height adjustable desking. The product started out as a special request product, but we quickly recognised its broader appeal and made it available to all. It also recently received a Design Guild Mark, a huge honour, and so our bespoke work is certainly elevating our product offering across the board.”

The launch of Bisley Bespoke follows the recent announcement that Anthony Brown, Bisley’s owner, has established an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT), gifting the employees with 51% of the shares in the company.

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