We get a handle on the latest trends and companies redefining the ironmongery industry.
Often overlooked, ironmongery can play a key role within a home’s interior design. As a trend it is not subject to seasonal transformations and new themes develop at a slower rate compared to their more decorative counterparts such as fabrics and furniture.
Recently we have seen a shift towards door furniture and brassware being used as style statements, where these practical objects into decorative focal points. Often considered by designers as the jewellery of the home, these details provide an opportunity to act as a visual accent or contrast depending on the choice of material and colour.
Unlike general finishes which are mostly selected purely for their visual impact, we physically engage with ironmongery on a daily basis. Designers have begun to focus on this tactile element and consumers are seeing greater variety in the shape and materials offered: from hand-stitched leather pulls to matt black brassware.
Here is our shortlist of the best artisans driving this trend:
Based out of a 50,000 ft2 warehouse in Long Island, New York; Nanz specialises in manufacturing bespoke ironmongery. Focus on handcrafted techniques adopted from heritage companies such as Yale, Norman and Sargent, their current range exceeds over 3,000 products.
Nanz began by working on restoration projects, creating handles and door furniture that were indistinguishable from the originals. Building upon their early success, the company continues this handcrafted approach whilst adapting these designs with the latest technology, materials and finishes.
Their London atelier is based in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre with the majority of their commissions for private clients. Although much of their work is custom made, Nanz offers a wide range of made to order designs.
Address: 420 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF
Phone: 020 3300 0099
2. TURNSTYLE DESIGN
Since launching in 1992, Turnstyle Design have established themselves as one of the world’s leading producers of design led architectural hardware.
Still owned and operated by the original family, Turnstyle pride themselves on manufacturing products that are entirely handcrafted in the UK. Their practice contains an additional section entirely dedicated to new product development and bespoke production. Ranging from hand-stitched leather to brass and metalwork, their craftsmen have also worked with specialist materials such as exotic shell and mother of pearl.
Address: Turnstyle Designs Ltd, Baron Way, Roundswell Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3TB
Phone: 44 (0) 1271 325 325
3. HOUSE OF EROJU
Chelsea based House of Eroju is a product design studio run by duo Keji and Tunde. Established over 14 years ago, their practice provides bespoke ironmongery with a primary focus on handcrafted leather goods.
Their specialist leatherwork boasts a wide range of detailing created entirely by hand. These artisanal skills are balanced by high precision engineering processes which ensure that the end product is of the highest available quality.
The atelier has worked on a variety of commissions that range from royal palaces and super yachts to residential homes and hotels.
Address: 4 Burke House, Hope Street Battersea, London, SW11 2BY
Phone: 0207 738 9374