Contemporary Limited-Edition & Bespoke Luxury Furniture

  • Our workshop is at the very heart of our business where our expertise and craftsmanship fuse together to create our unique in-house products.

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  • Ellipse coffee table made in ash with a white oil finish and glass top.

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  • Squaring the Circle jewellery box made in elm and maple.

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  • Ripples ‘Splash’ coffee table shown in blue bird’s-eye maple.

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  • Showroom Table for Bella Figura, Chelsea Harbour, London.
  • Collaborate sideboard made in walnut, aok and glass.

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We design and make exclusive, contemporary limited-edition and bespoke luxury furniture to provide you with quality, originality and choice. We create contemporary products with a unique signature style for those who enjoy and appreciate accomplished design and excellent craftsmanship, and who are looking for something truly individual.

As a friendly and experienced team, we make the process of commissioning one of our pieces of furniture as flexible, enjoyable and rewarding as possible. We understand that all our clients are different and therefore we tailor our approach to suit you and always maintain a can-do attitude.

Put simply, there are three paths to acquiring a piece of our furniture. Which one suits you best will depend on your design flexibility, time capacity and budget.

Purchase a Stocked item: This is the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective option and ideal for those wishing to purchase an Edward Johnson piece immediately.

Commission a Limited-Edition item: As-seen, or tailored to your specific requirements: i.e. alternative timber combinations and small design tweaks. This is ideal for those who like one of our existing designs but may wish to tailor it to meet their specific requirements without the time commitment, design unknowns and premium cost of a bespoke piece.

Collaborate on a Bespoke design: This service is ideal for those who want something truly individual and are happy to spend the time collaborating on their own bespoke design.

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A BIG thank you!
10th August 2020
A huge heart-felt thank you to all of our clients who actively supported us during lockdown. As it did for all our daily lives, the landscape of running a business changed dramatically in a very short space of time. At the onset of lockdown, I had to quickly postpone my paternity leave and fire fight after losing projects that were destined for France in April and then London in May and June. We had to adapt to survive with great speed; the pace of evolution has never been greater. I’m often vocal about enjoying a challenge, but that was one I’d rather have avoided - especially with sleep deprivation brought about by a new-born at home. The frustration of having the machines laying quiet and the workbenches empty despite our ability to work safely and socially distanced was difficult to quantify. It quickly dawned on me that it was a time for deep reflection and preparation for if and when commissions picked up again. We spent time sorting and rearranging the workshop and discussing and reviewing our methods in more depth than we typically get time for. To prevent the rust from setting in too deeply, periodically the team would emerge from lockdown to brush up on our skills, practising the occasional dovetail box and exploring new steam bending techniques – as a result a new all-in-one mirror and coat hook is soon to be launched. Prior to Covid, I was already looking into ways to re-use and reduce our waste timber. Therefore, I have started designing an eco-collection that makes the most of the weird and wonderful off-cuts of timber we have left over at the end of each project: From simple chopping/serving boards and door stops to miniature glass lined wooden vases, made in anything we can lay our hands on from burr elm to oak. We are aiming to distribute them through local farm shops and outlets at affordable prices. My aim is not just to make better use of our off-cuts but also to create a position for a young apprentice in these trying times. A selection of these items will be ready for sale at our forthcoming Open Studio, where you will have the opportunity to contribute to a good cause by buying an EJ Eco item. We have also reduced our waste substantially by giving our Plywood and MDF to a local business to burn in a specially filtered biomass boiler system which heats their entire workplace. Alongside this we have also been recycling our wood shavings locally for composting and animal beds. As you can imagine, we are constantly producing shavings, so if you would like to help us recycle, please contact us, and we will be very happy to set some aside for you. There is a huge heart-felt thank you to be said to all of our clients who bought pieces from our made & ready collection at the beginning of lockdown and those that have commissioned items since in response to my ‘We need you’ message. Without you there’s every chance we wouldn’t be here now. You have kept a talented team together, whole and complete. I and my team cannot thank you enough for your support. Thank you! Edward Johnson, August 2020 <back to blog
Open Studio Weekend
31st July 2020
Open Studio & Workshop: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2020, 10am - 4pm Open Studio: Furniture by Edward Johnson & paintings by Natalie Dowse We would like to safely welcome you to our open studio and workshop over the August bank holiday weekend. Away from the crowds in a beautiful countryside location we will be putting on the first, and likely only, exhibition of the year showing a range of works. Sussex Chair, Ed, Edd & Eddy nest of tables & Splash coffee table Come and see: A selection of finished pieces available to view and purchase, from nests of tables, key cabinets and mirrors, through to coffee tables and a spectacular drinks cabinet.Our current commissioned work in progress that Edward will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions.A variety of smaller affordable products crafted from the same beautiful timber we use for commissions.Our studio manager Natalie Dowse is also an internationally exhibiting artist and will be showing her oil paintings and other work. Edward Johnson workshop Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2020, 10am - 4pmAll welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.Social distancing measures will be in place - don't forget your mask! 'Splash' coffee table by Edward Johnson & 'Song of the Siren 6' by Natalie Dowse Edward Johnson Ltd. Pea Barn, Old Park Farm, Old Park Lane, Bosham, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8EX • Tel: 01243 696606Find us here: MAP 'Song of the Siren' 1 & 4, oil on canvas, 59cm x 39cm, 2020 by Natalie Dowse <back to blog
Feature in Designing Magazine
9th July 2020
Feature in the Summer Edition of Designing Magazine We are thrilled to be featured in the Summer Edition of Designing magazine. We were approached by the editor Willy Adam who invited Edward to pen a few words about his background, education and design inspiration. Designing magazine is specifically aimed at schools, colleges and universities and is produced by the Design and Technology Association. Edward is passionate about actively keeping the furniture industry alive and the continuation and advancement of original design and craftsmanship thriving. He hopes to inspire young people to join the industry to keep both the traditional skills, and of course, the latest technology progressing. The Design and Technology Association supports high quality design, engineering and technology in education. “We are a membership organisation providing advice, support and training for those involved in teaching design, engineering and technology. We work closely with government, awarding bodies, Ofsted and other regulators, advising on the curriculum and lobbying on behalf of the subject. We also work with employers and corporate partners to help promote the value of the subject and the range of careers and opportunities to which it can lead. We specialise in developing links between education and industry to mutual benefit.” Designing magazine: Summer 2020 - No. 116 Read the article: Crafting innovative furniture for inspiring people Throughout my senior school years, I was either found on the rugby pitch or in the DT department where I was fortunate enough to have excellent teachers and facilities. This in turn led to my friends nicknaming me ‘DT Ed’! I found that focusing on my art and design work had a calming effect on my restless mind, helping me to focus, and enabling me to explore my passion for design and to develop my ideas. My overarching consideration, when thinking about and approaching design, is to question everything with an open mind and a deep-rooted determination to solve problems. I always believe that, no matter where you are with your education or career, you should always strive to improve and to always aim to progress your ideas and products to make them the best they can possibly be. Following school, I went on to study furniture design and cabinet making at Buckingham Chilterns University, graduating in 2007. Questions:My questioning mind became apparent as a child. I always wanted to know ‘WHY’: I wanted to know the reason behind almost any decision being made. Therefore, as you can imagine, this didn’t make me the easiest child to teach! I would often ask too many questions and disrupt the flow of lessons. Although I realise now this must have been very challenging, it is however part of my character that drives and motivates me. Moving forward, this trait has certainly contributed to the successful furniture design business I now run. Escaping the Maze:A few designers stumble upon brilliant ideas, but most need to work very hard at it. However, those that do stumble upon a brilliant idea early on can often struggle to surpass their initial success. I believe there is a fundamental reason for this: that perhaps they didn’t fully understand how and why they got there first time around. Rather than being a single lightbulb moment, good design is very much an ongoing process. It is something that takes time, effort and hard work if you are to fully explore your ideas. It is rather like escaping from a maze: you start with a basic idea, an idea that is either self-generated or given to you by others - perhaps teachers or clients? You then explore different routes and paths in search of a solution to your problem. You will often come to a dead end and need to turn back, but with determination, belief and an open mind you’ll eventually find a solution that works. But don’t just be content with that solution, as it could probably still be improved! I have been running my furniture design and manufacturing business for 10 years, and I now employ staff to help me with the daily routine and rigours, from marketing to cabinet making. I’ve always considered the making aspect to be part of the design process, and I’ve come to use the craftsmanship element and my technical making knowledge as the unique selling point that sets me apart as a designer. Through successes and failures, I understand how timber works - how it bends, how it shapes, how it shrinks and expands. It is this knowledge and knowhow that enables me to produce my concept-led designs, whilst pushing the limits of my materials. Looking back, I feel I have achieved a decent amount through my work and career thus far. However, I still feel there is so much more exploring, fun, experimentation and head scratching ahead of me. Methodologies:My work is largely experimental and inventive, and I like to find my own path and techniques to create unique pieces. Two examples of this would be my Ripples Collection and my Murano Collection, where I have worked hard to find inventive ways to achieve these results. Ripples:My Ripples Collection was inspired by the action of a stone dropping into water. My concept was to give the illusion of the ripples engulfing the entire form, bringing movement, life and softness to the surfaces. I spent many hours prototyping, perfecting and refining this technique to enable the successful crafting of this unique effect. A real breakthrough moment! Murano:My Murano Collection was inspired by a visit to the island of Murano, where Venetian master craftsmen have been producing glassware for centuries, by floating layers of different coloured glass through one another to produce exquisite patterns. I have developed this technique by layering different combinations of timber together to produce wavy, radial and straight designs. The various patterns result in carefully matched sweeping lines and curves that engulf the entire surface of the furniture. The circular and semi-circular designs are reminiscent of the growth rings of a tree. Edward's Family Tree concept. <back to blog