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Furniture Feature - Steve Bristow

Can you give an introduction to who you are and who/what your brand is? How long have you been in business? Have you exhibited at January Furniture Show before?
 
For over 25 years, Steve Bristow Stone Masonry has been the South West’s premier suppliers of bespoke granite, quartz and sintered stone worktops. In 2019 we launched our first furniture ranges at the January Furniture Show. The company specialise in working with natural stone and continually strive to push the boundaries of technology to create unique pieces. We are most proud of our ability to bend and shape quartz which is the 4th hardest material known to man to create stunning statement pieces. We are proud to manufacture in the UK with all products being hand made in Devon by skilled craftsmen. The ranges include dining, console and occasional tables.


How did you start your company? 

I started with a tiny workshop in a garage in the Devonshire village of Kingsteignton. I have always loved working with stone- the purity of the material, its ancient textures, natural flow and colours all inspire me.
Working hard and listening to my customers the result was a steadily growing reputation as a master craftsman. By the turn of the millennium I was able to open a showroom displaying a wide range of luxury worktops.  The company is first and foremost a family owned and led business which now operates from a new facility opened in 2018 which includes the first cutting robot of its type in the UK stone industry. Internal design and development using 2d and 3d rendering software helps to develop and bring our creations to life. Sustainability is core to the business – We work with natural materials and have our own water recycling plant. All water used within the factory is rainwater that has been collected and a second treatment plant was installed in June 2020.
Since launch in 2019 Steve Bristow Furniture has gone from strength to strength with an expanding presence in the UK and now Internationally. I am proud to put my name to the elegant creations we produce for our customers every day

 
Knowing what you do now, what advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting out? 

Don’t do it! Actually I would say choose your core market and focus solely on that.

 
Can you tell us about your new collections/ranges that you’ll be launching at January Furniture Show?

We are launching new additions to the range which includes new occasional, side and dining tables that marry natural stone with metal to create modern and contemporary pieces.

 
Any personal favourites from your new collection?

I would say the Legato is a personal favourite with the graceful curves mixing stone and metal across dining, consoles and side tables. The design works in both traditional and modern settings and it is really surprising how mixing different materials with metal colours can change the product.

The Melbourne and Capri collections also mix metal and stone in modern designs – with the various stone and metal colour options the possibilities are almost endless.

 
 
What are you most looking forward to at the show?

Without doubt it is being back meeting existing and new customers face to face and being able to showcase the new designs in person rather than virtually.

 
Do you have any highlights from the 18 months that you would like to mention?

Navigating our way through the fall out from Brexit and Covid restrictions. I am most proud of the fact that despite all that has been going on across the economy we have remained focused and posted our best trading year ever.

 
What’s next for the company?

Remaining proud to be a UK manufacturer we will continue to develop new products and adopt new techniques and processes in house to meet future market requirements.

 
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