Written by Daniel James Parry
With roots stemming back to the 18th century, Titchmarsh & Goodwin pride themselves on being a family orientated business. It all started with carpenter Samuel Goodwin sending his son George to work for a London cabinet maker…
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Upon his return, carrying all the merit of a London apprenticeship, George set up his business, beginning to design and craft the finest British furniture for the wealthy residents of East Suffolk. This new found business venture sparked a revolution in and around Ipswich, transforming the way in which cabinets and clock-cases were made.
In 1920, George’s descendent Gordon Goodwin founded Titchmarsh & Goodwin, alongside business partner Lawrence Titchmarsh. At the end of the new found business’ first week, wages were at £17 4s 9d, and at the end of the first year of trading, total sales amounted to £1,349. In 1924, Titchmarsh & Goodwin purchased space in Back Hamlet, where the brand still operates from today.
Since the days of George Goodwin, the brand has changed the way in which furniture is made very little, with a craftsman’s integrity to stay true to their beginnings. Striving to blend both beauty and feasibility, the same materials used to build furniture in the past are still utilized today.
Titchmarsh & Goodwin furniture has been featured in the finest interiors in the world, ranging from the Rayadh Palace in Saudi Arabia to the home of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B Johnson, who bought pieces from Smith & Watson in New York. The brand’s elegant, handcrafted furniture also featured in 1969 Second World War historical epic, The Battle of Britain, and in 1958, the people of Honduras bought a desk and chair from Titchmarsh & Goodwin for Princess Margaret, which was proudly displayed at 35 Curzon Street, followed by a celebration in the form of a 2 day cocktail party.
Titchmarsh & Goodwin are vocally proud of their British heritage, employing a workforce which combines experience with youthful dynamism. Craftsmen with decades of experience are employed alongside young apprentices who are taught techniques including French polishing, wood carving and gilding. The brand are passionate about keeping the traditional hand-crafted methods alive and well in an age where mass production and uniformity unfortunately seem to have taken presence, and aspire to pass these techniques down to future generations. Above all else, Titchmarsh & Goodwin are proud of the quality of their products and the beautiful finish lovingly applied to all furniture, made possible by a committed and devoted workforce who share this passion for the brand’s signature artistry. The only difference Titchmarsh & Goodwin craftsmen have introduced is to allow the pieces to cope in a modern environment where the air is weighed between its heating and air conditioning.
The brand’s prestigious pieces begin life in the form of oak trees, sourced from East Anglian woodlands, before being dried and seasoned at Titchmarsh & Goodwin sawmills near Ipswich. All furniture is created at the brand’s workshops, located in the centre of Ipswich, ensuring every stage of the production process is controlled, ‘quite literally from tree to table.’
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