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, who was born in 1718. His exceptional skills, imagination and innovative thinking continue to motivate us today.
For us, it’s 1718 forever.
"I remember my first day, as a 17 year old,
walking into The Old Curiosity Shop in Ayr to start my apprenticeship in
"The smell of the workshop was intoxicating to me and I knew then that furniture was my future. It was there that I began to learn my craft, before moving to Glasgow to train as a cabinet maker.
"At the end of my apprenticeship, I made a Davenport Desk. I chose this piece to showcase my skills, with hand-cut dovetails, carving on the front legs and a curved front lid. It was awarded first prize in the McDonald prize competition through The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow, and helped to launch my career.
"I love the grain and tactile quality of wood. To me, different kinds of wood have different personalities and it is fascinating to watch them evolve into things of beauty.”
Over the years, Michael honed his skills with a series of high-end furniture makers, managing furniture workshops and working for an international clientele.
Although a cabinet maker of renown, Michael now focuses on design, working closely with our clients and our team of craftspeople to translate great ideas into true things of beauty.
The creation of exceptional furniture is a combination of technique and art – and the work that emerges from the hands of a truly talented cabinet maker both embraces and transcends functionality. Today, there are very few artisans creating bespoke furniture of the outstanding quality shown by 1718.
Drawing on years of experience and timeless traditions, 1718 creates bespoke furniture that makes a world of difference to the homes and buildings it graces. We are based in Ayrshire, Scotland, but you’ll find our work across the globe, from London to Geneva, from the Far East to New York, and from private residences and palatial hotels to corporate HQs and Ivy League colleges.