Bibbings & Hensby is the London based furniture workshop of Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby. We make contemporary wooden furniture with a focus on functional craftsmanship and developing designs that build on inherited vernacular traditions.
Our focus is on using hand tools to produce practical everyday pieces of furniture suited to contemporary homes. Rather than producing modern furniture using modern processes, or traditional processes to produce traditional designs, we marry traditional craft with contemporary design to make work that to us feels grounded and relevant.
Much of our work is characterised by the tools we use. We work predominantly with hand tools because of the warmth and individuality they impart and where the judgement and skill required means that things are never predictable and without challenge. This approach contributes significantly to the feel of what we make.
Whether we are making work directly for a private client or for a trade professional, our commissioning process will always start with a simple conversation to establish the brief. With this we can offer an idea of viability and a preliminary estimate of cost. Typically our work is split between pieces that we have already designed and made before (which we often adapt or tailor to a specific brief) or pieces that we design from a blank sheet. For work that requires design work we initially invoice for this separately to reduce financial commitment before the final design and price is agreed upon. Once the drawings are signed off we take a 50% deposit to book the job into our diary, with the remainder due prior to delivery.
All of our work fits within the parameters of solid wood construction, traditional joinery, emphasis on the handmade and with a reference to historical vernacular designs.
Sustainability is a fundamental objective for what we do. Timber is the most sustainable building material there is and we think that making furniture directly from the trees around us is a fantastically sustainable way to make a living.
Wherever possible we allow the principle of sustainability to guide the working practices we adopt and the materials we use. Whether this is focusing on locally gown timber, incorporating green woodworking, preferencing hand tools over powered tools, avoiding the use of sandpaper, or using natural glues and finishes; we are continually assessing each element of our work with sustainability in mind.
We very much acknowledge that this is an incomplete effort and we welcome any well meaning scrutiny and constructive suggestions as to how we can further achieve this ambition.