Frank heads up the design side of Murray and Ball but the process
is a collaboration between all parties. The client and their needs are always at
the centre of this. We find that people want to use our services in a
different way each time. Many have very definite ideas about how they want
their finished product to look before they contact us so it’s merely a case of
interpreting and providing a visualisation of what is already in their mind.
Others come to us with more indefinite ideas of style and design but know
how they want their space to function- be it a kitchen or another piece of
furniture. For this type of client, we are able to use our expertise to guide them
through the process. We are confident in our abilities as problem solvers
both practically and aesthetically. We encourage clients to share with us their
photos, colour swatches, Pinterest boards and even that ceramic tile you picked
up on holiday to allow us to design and create a truly bespoke piece of furniture.
We like to work in stages on our design projects. The first of these is the concepts. Our initial 3D designs are accurate, creative and above all flexible giving the design a chance to evolve. We are not egotistical creatives and don’t mind being told when we haven’t got it quite right. The concept stage is all about creating a starting point with our client and trying to gauge what is most important for them from the project. We can then build upon that. It can take a few of attempts to interpret your ideas but we always get there.
After your concepts are 100% agreed, we move on to producing working drawings for the project. This is where all the finer details of the furniture get worked out. We will fully survey the space and create thorough drawings which are fit for our workshop team to start crafting your project to our exacting standards. They also allow you to see your furniture in minute detail before we even pick up a piece of wood.
Creating samples has become part of nearly every project we work on. They form an integral part of the design process and allow our clients the chance to decide on the right materials for their kitchen or furniture. It can act as a fantastic and creative way to move decisions forward but also eliminates any surprises when the furniture arrives in your home.