If you want to be the very best you can be today, learn from the very best of the past. A key source of inspiration for our creativity lies in the achievements of the legendary cabinet maker and interior designer Thomas Chippendale. Born in 1718, his exceptional skills, imagination and innovative thinking continue to motivate us today.
A Yorkshireman, Chippendale made his name in London designing furniture in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo and Neoclassical styles. The world fell in love with his work, and his legacy remains influential across the world today. For us, it’s 1718 forever.
A second great source of inspiration to us is Sir Edwin Lutyens. Born in London in 1869, Lutyens was both a brilliant designer and architect. He designed many grand English country houses and the furniture within them, and famously played a key role in the design and construction of New Delhi.
We have created many beautiful pieces of furniture inspired by Sir Edwin’s drawings (see Portfolio), and also strive to emulate the humility and warmth that he shared with his clients throughout his career.
When clients first see 1718 furniture, the craftsmanship of our team often takes their breath away. From our designers, cabinet-makers, and hand carvers, to our upholsterers and metalworkers, we only work with experts of the highest calibre.
Across our portfolio, we balance science and art. Some of our designs, such as those inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens, require a rare attention to detail and a challenging grasp of geometry – and our knowledge of materials and finishes is second to none.
This is hand-made artisan furniture of unusually distinctive character, each piece unique and fit to grace the finest of rooms. And it’s all made by the hearts, minds and hands of a team that is passionate about the traditions and techniques of outstanding cabinet-making – from Scotland with love.
Founded and owned by Michael and Susan Mancini, 1718 is a company grounded in family values. Everyone who works here, from designers to technicians to project managers, takes immense pride in the hand-crafted work that we create for our clients.