Launched in May 2014 with a range of customisable headboards, beds and sofas. London-based Ensemblier is the concept of interior designer Tara Craig. Tara wanted to create a brand synonymous with high quality, elegant design that primarily liberates the consumer; enabling the individual to design elements of their piece of furniture. Ensemblier puts sustainability and ethical sourcing at the centre of its design, all items are made in the UK using natural materials.
Ensemblier’s defining principle is to support and uphold traditional British craftsmanship; as a counter to vanishing artisan trades. A fundamental aspect is to inform and enlighten the consumer on these traditional skills and primarily help sustain these small workshops across England using who continue maintain these traditional methods and natural materials, are maintained through apprenticeships schemes and supporting the craftsman.
The designs by Tara are rich in European influences with special reference to 18th Century furniture design researched through exquisitely preserved British furniture and the extensive catalogues at the V&A.
Ensemblier partners with artisanal UK based fabric houses including Bennison, Bernard Thorpe and Howe to produce artistically valuable upholstered products to both interior design professionals and retail customers.
Why we make our beds and sofas in England.
Great Britain has a long heritage of the finest upholstery and frame making, with a linage dating from the beginning of the 18th century. It is a fundamental importance to us that we support these skills and therefore we are proud to champion this part of British heritage – which is in the danger of extinction.
Our aim is to ensure that these skills are not lost and support these makers and traditions. By making in the U.K we are ever more environmentally conscious and feel ethically it is important to support British industry. In making with traditional natural materials we believe there is a longevity in the products, not only in sustainability, however, it is our hope that these become investment pieces, which are passed on to future generations. They are classic designs, we can be recovered for when eventualities such as a house move or new room scheme are undertaken.
Each piece of Ensemblier furniture has its own unique provenance, shown on a small brass plaque.