Red Barn Fine Furniture & Kitchens is a professional company that specialises in handmade kitchens, furniture, and bespoke living solutions for your home. The company offers handcrafted, truly bespoke custom-built furniture and storage solutions that maximize on style while keeping your space looking clutter free. Red Barn offers both contemporary designs and traditional finishes to its products. Richard Jackson, founder, and director of Red Barn Fine Furniture gave Herts Review more insight into the business.
Richard always had a passion for design and building. As a schoolboy he briefly had work experience in an Architect’s firm. Although fascinated by the designs, he did not want to go down the education route and started an apprenticeship at the age of 17 in furniture and joinery. Following his apprenticeship, he worked for various companies in bespoke furniture and joinery for 8 years before starting his own business. “I was working for a struggling business at the time that was in financial difficulty. I always did private work in my spare time and developed a good reputation. As I could not see a future with my employer then, I thought I might as well do this myself. I had a very young family at the time. One of the customers that I had worked with decided to go along with me”.
Red Barn Fine Furniture & Kitchens was founded by Richard Jackson and Michael Searing in 2003. Michael has now left the business to focus on other things and Richard is the sole director. The company offers a wide range of products like uniquely designed bespoke kitchens with a high-quality finish, fitted wardrobes, dressing rooms, storage solutions, pull down beds built into wardrobe, under stairs cupboards and media storage solutions. “Our service is personalised. Usually you are dealing with me from start to finish and this gives a lot of confidence to our customers.
Red Barn’s team of 4 people are close-knit which helps the company offer personalized solutions while maintaining its high standards. “You do not want to grow too big otherwise you are no longer bespoke. The standards and the attention to detail gets lost. We are totally different from the large high street companies offering bespoke furniture. What you find on the high street is mass produced and comes in standard sizes. That is not truly bespoke as they do not make specific products that are tailored to a customer’s needs”
Although the company is established and successful now, there were initial challenges in its early years. “It was challenging getting to grips with other aspects of the business. When I worked for other companies, I focused on designing and building the products and less so on sales and logistics. When you run your own business, you focus on everything. I had to learn quickly on the job to keep the business going. I also think early on I should have had more confidence in a vision and worked at it as we wasted a few years evolving rather than building. Never set out to do part of the job instead create something amazing from the onset and keep at it”.
Richard is looking to the future with optimism. There are plans for a brand re-fresh and the introduction of a new brand that focuses on high end joinery and cabinet work. “There is strong demand for high end joinery and cabinet work. A lot of customers are not sure where to go for this service. In addition, customers like brand names. So, we will be creating a new brand focused on high end joinery and cabinets to be called Charles Vivian. It is named after my grandfather who was an inspiration to me, loved arts and crafts and wrote over a hundred children’s books”.
Charles Vivian is set to launch in the summer of 2021 and Richard and his team are working on a new showroom, product design, branding, and marketing in preparation for the launch. “It is a lot of work combined with the end of year spike in demand we are anticipating. Looking at our competitors like Humphrey Munson and Tom Howley, it is something we must do and do very well. In this covid-19 era, every business must recreate and adapt to survive. We need to channel our energies doing what we do best which is creating high end products with great finish”.
Although there would be a lot of focus on the new Charles Vivian brand, the Red Barn brand will continue focusing on clients that want budget products. “We will continue to deliver the same personalised service to all our customers maintaining our same high standards. Both brands will run parallel to each other and then we will see where we go from there. From its Bishop’s Stortford base in Hertfordshire, it will continue designing and building bespoke fitted kitchens and furniture for clients in London, Hertfordshire, Essex and surrounding areas.
Initially called Red Barn Interiors, the company rebranded as “interiors” was quite a broad term and there was an opportunity to trademark “fine furniture”. Looking to the future the company is taking another brave decision to rebrand. However, the personalised service and quality have been consistent and will not change. Whether you are after beautifully hand crafted bespoke kitchens, you are looking for space saving solutions for your bedroom or handcrafted quality fine furniture for your living areas, the small and friendly team at Red Barn Fine Furniture have you covered. Contact them here.