We are passionate about design combined with quality and sustainability
Claude Clémaron is passionate about design and craftsmanship and has carved out a leading reputation for beautiful bespoke fitted furniture.
Claude began his company nearly 40 years ago when he set up a woodworking bench in a derelict barn. He had a vision to introduce his clients to the enduring quality and value of tailormade cabinetry. So, he placed an advert in House and Garden magazine. “It cost me nine hundred pounds a month, which was a huge investment for me at that time,” he says.
“To get work in London it was also essential to have central London telephone number. I managed to do this by renting a desk in Nottingham Street, W1 to put an answer machine on. Then I used to play back the tape to retrieve new client enquiries. Mobile phones and the Internet didn’t exist in those days. From that moment on the business began to grow from strength to strength.
“This is me in 1994 delivering a pair of rather elaborate alcove cabinets to a local interior design company, one of our regular clients.”
“This is Ian Harris hand finishing a traditional solid oak cabinet in our Midhurst workshop.”
Today, Claude employs some of the country’s finest cabinetmakers in his workshops and studios in Horsham, Sussex. He is still just as passionate about his furniture making business. “I believe it is creative flair, traditional skills and personal service that set us apart. I enjoy the challenge of every client’s unique furniture project and will always take great delight in bringing their ideas to life.”
At Claude Clémaron Bespoke Wood Interiors we employ a team of highly skilled craftsmen of all ages from young apprentices to mature cabinet makers, whose enthusiasm and experience combine to create our bespoke handmade fitted furniture.
You will be invited to visit the workshop when your project has reached the advanced stage of the build, so you can discuss any changes, as well as handles and finishes, you would like. You’ll then meet your cabinet maker again when they come to supervise the installation of the bespoke cabinetry they’ve created for you.
Claude’s experience and passion are reflected in his bespoke designs for his clients
Mortise and tenon preparation on the table saw
Shaping sold ash wood with the four-sided moulder
Spindle moulding solid raised and fielded cabinet doors panels
Fine adjustments being made to cabinet door
Careful fitting of solid wood drawer fronts to bespoke study furniture
Final polishing being made to stained antiqued oak cabinets
Checking that all shelves fit perfectly
Applying initial coat of stain to maple cabinet carcass
Making custom angled cabinet frames
Preparing drawers to accept drawer slides
Precise cutting of oak radiator grills on panel saw
Cleaning cabinets ready for delivery
Applying base coats to open corner shelf cabinet
Trimming cabinet door frame components on chop saw ready for assembly
Final assembly and finishing of curved fireplace mantle
Fitting of glazing bars and beads for bespoke room dividers
Template clamping ready for router shaping
Test cutting on panel saw ready for door shelf cutting
Precise adjusting of machine before wood preparation