Many companies today owe their start to a sudden flash of inspiration. Cheville is no different.
Their innovative parquet technique was born from a chance encounter by director Henry Hudson and his father with a French wood artisan at his workshop in an alley of Rue des Près in Cheville.
A specialist in parquet flooring, his technique involved producing pre-cut sections of oversized herringbone and chevron blocks. Whilst these blocks still required bonding to the floor, sanding, waxing and polishing; the pre-cut sections provided an ingenious shortcut to the more labour intensive, traditional approach. Understanding the potential opportunity this technique would provide for the UK market, Henry Hudson and his father established Cheville soon afterwards.
Originally based in York (where their workshop remains), Cheville opened a London showroom in 2013. Capitalising on the market’s growing trend for timber flooring in recent years, Cheville have become the go-to for many of the capital’s top designers and architects such as HKMK & Cochrane Design. As Rebecca Wakefield, development manager at Banda confirms “chevron and herringbone tiles and flooring creates depth and character in a home and provides an energy and texture throughout taking the eye to different heights, without being too busy. It’s an increasing trend and our clients love this technique.”
Banda’s Private Commissions team have worked with Cheville on a number of projects including a country house in Oxford, a flat in Smith Street, Chelsea and more recently on an extraordinary two-level pied a terre in Lancaster Gate.