RDW Bespoke Furniture - The Independent Tees Collective

20 Mar 2021

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So far, The Independent Tees Collective has been very food and drink heavy, which you know I'm a big fan of, but the truth is that we have a wealth of all kinds of small businesses across our region. I've got plenty more non-food and drink related posts coming up for all of those who fancy learning about some more lifestyle-themed businesses, but today, I'm really chuffed to be talking about a brand new biz on my radar. Matthew and I have been talking a lot lately about moving house and finding somewhere with the kitchen of our dreams, so I'm glad that I came across someone who may be able to help us out when we get to that point - RDW Bespoke Furniture.

RDW Bespoke Furniture are specialists in designing and crafting furniture, from bookcases and shelves, all the way up to full kitchens. They are absolute pros at fusing their talent and creativity with the needs of their customers, so they can create pretty much anything you're after. Not only are they a brilliant biz, they also have a great back story and lots of love for the local area! Find out more about this biz by reading the rest of the post below.

Hello! Let's start with a bit of an introduction. Who are you and what is your business all about?

My name is Russell Wright, and I'm a furniture designer and maker. My business is RDW Bespoke Furniture, and our aim is to provide handmade furniture that is designed and made to fit our clients’ exact specifications. The journey takes them from their original idea, through the design process, measurements and material choices, then ends with the delivery of a piece of quality freestanding or fitted furniture.

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Where did the inspiration for RDW Bespoke Furniture come from? What made you want to kickstart it?

After graduating from a degree in Furniture Design and Craftmanship from Bucks Uni, I spent a few years working on the bench for other furniture makers, developing my skills and gaining valuable experience. Upon moving to Teesside 13 years ago, I felt that there was a gap in the market locally for quality bespoke furniture, so I decided to take the plunge and set up on my own.

What has been your favourite furniture project to work on and why?

I am very lucky in that I enjoy a varied array of projects from smaller one-off pieces, such as a church lecterns and display cabinets, to unique interior fit outs for campervans and canal barges. But my favourite projects to date are probably some of the bigger kitchens I have done in places like Wynyard and Great Broughton. I take a lot of satisfaction in transforming a large space and seeing how happy the clients are with such an important part of their everyday life.

What do you enjoy most about running RDW Bespoke Furniture?

I still really enjoy my job. Making furniture and seeing how pleased my customers are when I deliver the finished project is very rewarding and definitely my favourite part of the job. On top of that, we now have two young children, and being my own boss gives me the flexibility to plan my hours around them. I love it when my 6 year old wants to come to the workshop and ‘help out’.

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What has been RDW Bespoke Furniture's biggest achievement so far?

I'm really proud when I think of how far I have come over the years, from initially working out of my garage at home, before moving into my workshop in Stockton Business Centre. Still being in business after over 10 years and having lots of returning customers who value the work I do for them would have to be the biggest achievement.

What do you love about the Teesside independent scene?

I think Teesside is such an underrated part of the country and has a really vibrant independent scene. I think the best part of that is the people! I love the people of Teesside - I have always found them to be genuine and loyal, and there is a warmth to those who live and work here, which definitely comes across in the area's independent businesses.

What's next for RDW Bespoke Furniture? What do you hope for the future?

After such an up and down year, the rest of 2021 is looking very busy, so short term, it will just be getting my head down in the workshop and making lots of furniture. Looking further ahead, I am hoping to move into some bigger premises and hopefully take on an apprentice.

Source: RDW Bespoke Furniture

And finally, recommend one other Teesside independent to us!

I've got two to recommend! The first is Joey Goldstraw from Skate Reclaim Create, who recycles wooden skateboards into new items. And the other is Chris Cook from Swim Buddies, who provides swimming lessons for children, as well as mindset and success mentoring.

Honestly, the prospect of buying a house and having Russell design a bespoke kitchen is so exciting! His work is absolutely phenomenal and it's fantastic to discover such a talented furniture maker in our area. If you'd like to see more from him and RDW Bespoke Furniture, make sure you check out their website, Facebook page or Instagram.

Make sure you check back next week for another incredible Tees independent!

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