Work to be treasured

At 1718, we create bespoke furniture of distinction. From our meticulous designs, to the fine woods and finishes we select, to the outstanding craftsmanship that brings our hand-made furniture to life, the beauty lies in the detail.

Led by Michael Mancini, we celebrate the natural beauty of Scotland, the family values of our Italian heritage, the outstanding qualities of British craftsmanship, and the designs of inspirational characters such as Thomas Chippendale and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Our team has a deserved reputation for the pursuit of perfection, carefully creating timeless pieces for our clients to treasure.

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Our clients are everything

Whether it’s a private commission to bring your personal idea to life, a corporate brief to meet a detailed specification, or a request from a public body to restore an architecturally sensitive interior, we offer the expertise and creativity to surpass your expectations.

Our team, inspired by the family values of our founders Michael and Susan Mancini, takes immense pride in the expressions of delight and amazement when clients unveil a commission for the first time. We are here for you every step of the way, from the initial drawings, through the design and construction, to the delivery and fitting of the finished furniture.

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Our portfolio

Over several years, the team has created a stunning portfolio of work for private clients, interior designers and architects, in the style of both Thomas Chippendale and Sir Edward Lutyens, as well as contemporary designs. We’ve also hand-built and carved just about every imaginable type of furniture, from home staples such as chairs, dining tables, desks and beds, to games tables, tea trolleys, wine rooms and home entertainment centres. Every piece is unique and 100% bespoke to our clients’ requests.

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From Scotland with love

We’re based in Ayrshire in Scotland but our work can be found across the world in private homes, country estates, heritage buildings and corporate headquarters. We create bespoke furniture that is both practical and strikingly beautiful, from the elegantly traditional to the wonderfully idiosyncratic. Everything we create is made with love and an extraordinary eye for detail.

Please do explore our website, and if you’re interested in bringing 1718 furniture into your world, we would love to hear from you. Simply get in touch and our founder Michael Mancini will be delighted to have a conversation.

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June 1st 2021|Design

Provenance – and the personal touch

Despite the pandemic crisis, 1718 continues to experience its busiest year to date. Michael Mancini explores why provenance and the personal touch have increasing appeal – and how the finishes applied to furniture are becoming ever more inventive.

May 7th 2021|Clients

Meet our clients: No 1 Sheila & Rod Flavell

In this new series, we introduce you to some of the wonderful people that Michael Mancini and the 1718 team have created bespoke furniture for. We begin with married business partners Sheila and Rod Flavell, the driving force behind the FTSE 250-listed FDM Group.

April 26th 2021|Design

Do we make furniture or art?

A question as to whether our clients acquire 1718 furniture for practical use, or simply because they enjoy having it in their home, led me to think about what makes bespoke furniture special, writes Michael Mancini.

March 9th 2021|Antiques

Who was Thomas Chippendale?

1718 is named after the year in which Thomas Chippendale was born. But who was Chippendale and why does he mean so much to us? Michael Mancini explores the life of a man who was an extraordinarily talented cabinet maker, designer – and much more besides.


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