Exceptional quality sofas and chairs
Founded more than half a century ago by Jim Mitchell, Artistic quickly established itself at the forefront of design and manufacture of exceptional high quality furniture within the UK, a position that it still holds today.
In the mid 1930s, Jim moved from the Scottish furniture town of Beith in Ayrshire to the Midlands. He was an accomplished designer, having trained under the critical eye of his father, a highly-respected designer and maker of cabinet furniture. Jim settled in Nottingham, where he found work easily within the furniture trade, initially as a freelance designer, later forming his own business producing furniture to his own designs.
Artistic is still owned and manged by the Mitchell family, now in its third generation and committed to
maintaining the founding principals of excellence in design and quality production set down in those early years. Building on its heritage, the company has constantly adapted to an ever-changing market, making the company one of the UK’s leading makers of bespoke upholstery.
The company was awarded the coveted Manufacturing Guild Mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in 1998 in recognition of high quality production and manufacture. In 1989, Artistic Cabinets was born, changing its name to Iain James Furniture. Its name taken from Jim’s two grandsons Iain and James, where Iain is managing and design director.
The majority of trimmings available to furniture manufacturers are taken from standard production runs and the normal practice of choosing ‘the closest match’ is standard practice within the industry. To achieve total perfection, an ‘in-house’ studio was created in 2000. Trading as Renaissance Studio they design and produce wonderful trimmings andembellishments using traditional hand looms to match or co-ordinate any fabric.
Modern ‘line and track’ systems are used in many furniture factories today and consequently traditional skills in marking are being eroded. Artistic have retained these skills handed down from one generation to the next. They appreciate that not all furniture may need such care and attention and many modern designs benefit from a more tailored and engineered approach to furniture making.
Regardless of style, each piece is made with similar construction, meticulously made. Quality is measured in the areas you don’t see - areas under the fabric or leather, and by the way that the base has been prepared before the final covering.
The majority of heir standard frames are constructed from sustainable hardwoods, glued, screwed and doweled for longevity. Vulnerable areas like corners have solid blocks for extra strength and to withstand years of daily use. Some decorative frames however, do need more care and attention, legs are at most risk, but handled properly, they will last a lifetime.
Fabrics are hand cut and pattern matched by highly skilled cutters, welts are either matched or bias cut depending on the fabric and design selected, before being overlocked and sewn together by a team of machinists, who carefully select the right tension and threads for the type of fabric being used. Upholsterers then use their skills to tailor these fabrics over layers of fillings, hessian felts, high density foams and fibres to produce unique pieces of hand-crafted sofas and chairs.
Large 3-Seater Sofa W227cm x D100cm x H94cm
Large 2-Seater Sofa W197cm x D100cm x H94cm
Chair W94cm x D100cm x H94cm
Knightsbridge Chair W82cm x D90cm x H95cm