Martin And Parker Redefine Bespoke

bespoke sofaOne aspect of our business we are keen to shout about is our unique bespoke sofa service. You see, rather than being just another generic furniture outlet, Martin & Parker are masters in the craft of unique bespoke design!

If you have a vision in mind of what you’d like your new sofa to look like, why bother wasting time and petrol trawling around for a pre-made suite that may not fit the bill?

We work closely with all our customers to ensure that every detail of their new sofa is to their liking. It’s easy for retailers to say they offer a bespoke service but in many cases this refers to minor cosmetic customisation; not a start to finish customer lead design. As you can see in our latest press ad, Martin & Parker are happy to accommodate “any style, shape, width, length, height, springs, fabrics, leathers or combinations”. So, say you’ve got a piece of patterned fabric at home and the thought of a sofa made from such a design gives you butterflies… well then, come talk to us because we can make that happen!

A sofa is anything but a throwaway investment, so why treat it as such? Most of us see and sit on our sofas daily, so it would be pretty unfortunate if you had to put up with a design that did nothing to compliment your personal tastes. Take a look at the images below; these were all recent commissions by customers who came to us with an exact idea of the pattern, texture and aesthetic they wished to achieve. As you can see below, if you know what you want – we can make it!

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Happy 35th Anniversary to Us!

Martin & Parker 35th Anniversary ImageIn case you missed our last blog, we have some very exciting news – it’s our 35th anniversary!

To help us celebrate we are cordially inviting all our loyal customers (and your friends and family too because what’s a party without guests?) to our anniversary party. There shall be bubbly, snacks, special offers and plentiful chitchat. It’s hard to fathom where all those years have gone but it’s safe to say we haven’t regretted a single second of it.

Martin & Parker as both a business and family have only gone from strength to strength, a feat which couldn’t have happened without YOU. A huge thank you is due to each and every one of you who came through our doors or used our service over the past three decades.  The celebration itself shall be taking place across the weekend of the 18th and 19th April (that’s tomorrow!) so clear your calendar and get yourselves down to 11 Ascot Drive, Derby, DE24 8ST.

purple rainAs a means of playful reflection we’ve compiled a pair of Pinterest boards with lots of images that conjure memories of our early days. Purple Rain (the best movie soundtrack ever? You bet), Opal Fruits, Knight Rider, Funny Feet, Old School Hip-Hop and the British Half Penny… take a trip down memory lane.

If 80s pop culture just makes you cringe then get a look in at this compilation of 80sold stairs furniture and interior design. This is exactly the sort of aesthetic we were working with day in day out in the 1980s and part of us are glad that style has moved on… so much beige and brown!

If you have any questions about the party or our service in general please give us a ring on 01332 361966.

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Need Help Recycling Old Furniture?

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One of our key New Year resolutions here at Martin & Parker is to raise awareness about our green initiative. It’s all well and good to recycle your glass, paper and plastics but what of the more substantial perishables in your life?

While a quality sofa should provide many years of comfort, the cruelty of time will inevitably take hold and arrangements must be made. Martin & Parker have built a business on a solution to this problem – refurbishment. 

martin 1Our talented team of craftspeople will be more than happy to take a look at your tired furnishings and offer an affordable outcome. Though you may not think it by looking at our products; many are indeed built upon the husks of formerly beloved furnishings. 

Not only is refurbishment economically accommodating but it also saves the environment from further landfill to decompose. One of our key services is personalised bespoke design, an approach we are more than happy to take when dealing with refurbished products.

martin 2By guiding you through your design step by step, Martin & Parker can ensure that the final outcome is right for you. Our craft is a labour of love and we feel our products must represent this, a proposition no arid, pre-packaged commercial furniture could ever offer. Get in touch today.

If you are certain your furniture is beyond repair but still want to ensure green disposal then click here. All you’ll need to do is find your current location on the map and the website shall direct you to your nearest disposal centre.

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New Year Comfort Offers

sofa saleFirst of all we’d like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our customers past and present. We maintained a phenomenal level of demand over the Christmas period and it’s a relief to finally see off the result of our tireless craft. For those of you who ordered bespoke furniture, we really do hope you are happy with your investment as we sure had a wonderful time working on them.

If you do not follow us on Facebook and Twitter, might we suggest you take a quick look? We’ve been uploading some amazing offers to help our followers get kitted up in style for the year ahead. While money may be tight following the Christmas splash, our offers should more than help ease your plans for a fresh faced 2015.

Be sure to log in to Facebook to take full advantage of the incredible offers listed below…

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Last but not least, our sofa sale which began on the 29th December is still proving rather popular. If you’re in the market for a new comfort, we’re sure our offers will prove most alluring.

As always we are happy to take bespoke requests, be sure to get in touch here to discuss potential designs and requirements.

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Tis’ the season to bespoke!

showroom 2Here we are, December at last and it’s all go, go, go! As we have stressed before, now is the time to get your orders in but we can no longer guarantee to have things ready for Christmas day. Work has been nonstop here at Martin & Parker as our wonderful team of furniture craft experts graft away at getting your bespoke orders up to the finest standard possible. Our order figures have been very good so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your confidence and faith in our work.

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The beautiful red chair we donated to the ladies only night!

If you’ve visited our showroom lately you’ll have been greeted by our wonderful Christmas display and decorations.  To keep in line with the season we’ve also ordered in a wonderful selection of vintage yuletide cushions, throws, bed covers and home ware. They look absolutely gorgeous in the showroom and we think you’ll love them in your home too.

We’d also like to thank everybody who attended the ladies only charity event at Derbyshire Cricket Ground this past November 28th. The celebration and fundraiser received a rapturous response and many laughs were had. The beautiful red chair we donated in aid also is said to have gone to a very good home with all money donated going straight to fighting local ladies breast cancer.

If you need to discuss a bespoke idea and other order details please get in touch here, we’ll do our utmost to meet your requirements.

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He needs a good home, visit our Derby show room to pick him up.

 

Martin & Parker’s Yuletide Cheer

martin & parker 2We absolutely love Christmas here at Martin & Parker and we know that our last blog post was a little hefty on the yuletide cheer for October but hey, now it’s November! As stressed before, if you’ve been considering taking advantage of our bespoke furniture this Christmas then please get in touch as soon as possible. Time is running a little thing now for the family and we don’t want to disappoint anybody! You can get in touch here but we advise giving us a ring to discuss your ideas, requirements and budget if you’re particularly eager.

martin & parkerThe Derby showroom is open as usual this month and we think you’ll be delighted to find it’s been suitably decorated to match our cheery staff. Check out the pictures of our made up living areas, the team have done a phenomenal job of creating a relaxing, warm atmosphere that has delighted many visitors this past week (yes, we’ve seen you nearly nodding off on the sofa!).

Our showroom isn’t all furniture, we also sell a selection of home ware and decorative material such as mirrors, curtains and blinds. Our showroom is a personal representation of us and the work we do so please feel free to explore to your heart’s content.

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Your home, Your style, Your choice

At Martin & Parker in Derby we make handmade furniture to fit you, your home, your lifestyle and your budget. We have enormous experience, employ highly versatile and skilled craftsmen and we set out to produce furniture that is robust, durable, and comfortable, looks fantastic – and is above all uniquely yours. By which we mean that we build furniture specifically to suit your taste and style.

This can mean hand-crafting furniture from scratch or taking a much loved but old piece of furniture and giving it new life through repair and reupholstering. Even more than this, if you have a piece of furniture that is still serviceable but which is too large or too small for your current purposes, we can happily adapt it for you. Essentially, when it comes to bespoke furniture there is not much we don’t or can’t do for our customers. We also have a massive range of fabrics to choose from, plus cushions, or we can work with fabrics that you supply. So when you need two- or three-seater sofas, sofas in extended designs, sofa-beds, footstools and armchairs and when you want something that is just right for your home and style, think of Martin & Parker first.

If you visit our website, you can see some ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of work we’ve carried out on customers’ old furniture, giving items a new personality and lease of life. And you can see a range of sofas and armchairs in our factory that we have made especially to suit customer’s own styles, and some customers have let us photograph the sofas that we have made them in their home settings.

Although the styles and fabrics may vary considerably, depending on our customers’ needs, when we make a new piece of furniture we have tended to follow some strict rules of our own. For example, we start by carefully selecting the frame which is usually constructed from solid beach to ensure rigidity and strength. Our upholsterers then build up layers of the filling of your choice (man-made or natural) to achieve the degree of upholstered support you require. The cover is then cut and shaped using material you have chosen – and you will find that we can offer plenty of useful advice if you feel overwhelmed by our choice of fabrics.

We are also highly experienced in creating cane furniture, often used in conservatories and orangeries but which can look superb throughout the house. Cane is a highly versatile and generous material that allows us to create many different styles of finish.

Whatever you wish, we are here to help and warmly invite you to visit us in our Derby showroom.