Crushing on Vincent Trading

Vincent Trading

handmade in devon

This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with Vincent Trading. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!

It’s all about wood in this week’s Designer Crush. But not any kind of wood… The kind that is reclaimed, recycled and turned into beautiful, timeless and individual pieces of lovingly crafted furniture which will last a lifetime. Vincent Trading is a young company which is growing bigger everyday thanks to their ethos, quality of build  and attention to detail. Emma and Mike, the couple behind Vincent Trading started the company in January 2018 with just a few pieces being sold on Etsy. A year on and their little business has grown and now stocks over 20 different products showcased on a beautiful new website and they have been featured in many publications. They also have a dozen or more stockists selling Vincent Trading products. I went and had a chat with Emma to find out more about what makes them tick…

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chopping boards

Finished with food safe oil, these boards come in various shapes and sizes

 

Could you take me through the process of designing and sourcing materials for a new product…


I design the furniture, inspiration tends to come from old traditional methods alongside requirements in our own home. Sometimes I am just inspired by a piece of timber at a certain size. Once it’s designed Mike looks over it to see what is possible. We look at the timber we have or source scaffold boards (all our boards come from Cornwall and the boards have only been used for a few weeks before it is deemed unsafe for site and we buy them). If neither of these options are suitable we may also look at pallet wood. For bespoke items we sometimes need to use other timber. We always look at a sustainable options and we try to only use UK grown timber from a PEFC and FSC certified company.
Each design from our collection is brought into our home and tested in our multi generational family before it hits the shop!
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mini bench

This little bench made out of reclaimed scaffold boards can serve as a side table, stool, bedside table.

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wooden houses

Nothing gets wasted at Vincent Trading! These super cute little wooden houses are made from off cuts from boards.

Any new products for 2019…

We have just launched a SS19 collection which includes bath bars which are already selling well and a wall ladder. We have more new products planned for this year including tables and also some Christmas items!
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wall ladder

Undoubtedly my favourite piece from the new SS19 collection

What piece of advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own business…

Just do it! It doesn’t need to be all in, quite your job kind of style, but just start even if it is just an hour per week initially then gradually build it up. Always produce the best product you can because we got spotted for a huge job on Etsy so anything is possible!
 

So what do you think? Which is your favourite piece? Of course mine is my bench which takes pride of place in the kitchen. This bench is a firm favourite of mine and it is hard to believe it started life as a scaffold board! Rustic to perfection it sits beautifully with my old farmhouse table rescued from a skip! The bench can easily accommodate 3 people (or 4 small bottomed individuals!) Each bench is lovingly handmade to order and you could customise it if you wish! Vincent Trading are also on my favourite platform, Instagram go give them a follow right here.

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reclaimed bench