“perfection is all
in the execution”
TV FITTED UNIT
After searching the market and gauging prices for a cabinet maker to turn our idea of a bespoke media unit into reality, it was clear that Howard Butler was the way forward! Howard’s approach from initial consultation and design concepts through to delivery and installation has been exemplary, we even had the opportunity to visit his workshop to watch the unit being built. We are delighted with the finished product, particularly his blend of traditional construction techniques with modern design. Howard is full of inspirational ideas and design flair and we would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a special piece of bespoke furniture to enhance their home and living space.
The brief to Howard was a bookcase with a difference, something special. Howard’s design skills and technical abilities are outstanding. The materials used were Cherry and Maple, the curves on the bookcase are so beautiful its hard not to keep stroking them. The inlay work is stunning. He truly is an exceptional craftsman. We are now the proud owners of the first HB illuminating bookcase.
I was privileged to be able to commission a Memorial bench from HB. My family and I couldn’t be more delighted with what we received. The journey from initial brainstorm and sketches through to unveiling was personal, exciting and inspiring. HB work celebrates real cabinet making tradition and technique with a contemporary approach. Extremely fairly priced considering the attention to client, quality and detail. Highly recommended.
LUGGAGE TERRY PRATCHETT
Last year I was given a project in where I was going to need something truly unique for a jewellery collection. We needed a character recreating from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett which was going to be given to his family and shown at his memorial.
I contacted Howard and we met not long after, instantly me and Beth (the woman making this collection with me) liked Howard and knew he was the guy we’d been looking for; he understood what we were asking for and even gave us ideas on our very first meeting. Over the next 7 or so months we had long meetings where we would throw ideas around and nothing seem to be out of his capabilities. We finished our project and the chest that Howard had made was so good it almost put our jewellery to shame! his attention to detail is fantastic.
That project has been the biggest commission of my life and I honestly couldn’t be more pleased with Howard’s skill, work ethic, and communication throughout the project. I’m also pleased to say Howard’s “Luggage” chest is now in the offices where Terry wrote his books.
I’m also having something made by howard for myself now too.
10/10 – If I could give 11/10 I would.
Commissioning a HB Design is a thoroughly fine experience!
Not only does he possess a meticulous passion for the finest cabinet making, his creative flair, inherent understanding of materials and hunger to satisfy the clients brief is nothing short of inspirational.
Each step of the journey was a pleasure and the final result will be cherished forever, with the confidence that the design, and the hands that crafted it, have considered that.
Simply put, If you’re looking for Bespoke, luxury and personal furniture from a true designer / maker, call Howard.
Thank you so much for the fantastic table you made for us, which is both practical and beautiful.
We were impressed by your attention to detail and workmanship with a good mix of professionalism and creative thinking.
It was a good experience all round.
What a pleasure to deal with such a professional. The bookcase was a combination of my needs and Howard’s artistic input. The result was an outstanding piece of furniture. This likeable young man is gifted and his work crosses the boundary between furniture design and art. Thank you Howard for a fabulous journey into bespoke furniture world.
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Thank you very much for my desk!
It is truly amazing piece of furniture – very practical, very unique, and very much exceeding my expectations.
From your first ideas to your designs on paper to the end result – the whole process was a delight to behold. I have kept the designs as they are a artwork in themselves. My customers are always taken back on how great the desk looks. A great conversation stimulator.
A unique, one of a kind, well crafted usable work of art that I am ALWAYS happy to sit by and ply my trade. Thanks again.
After hearing about Howard Butler through a mutual Friend and then eventually meeting him in person, we decided to ask him to create a very special toy box for our godchild. As with any special gift for someone close we wanted it to be perfect. It is safe to say that Howard didn’t disappoint on any level and produced something that can be truely treasured for many years to come. Communication throughout was perfect, made more difficult due to us living abroad. From his initial designs through to completion and delivery we really couldn’t be more happy. A real craftsman in an age where unfortunately many things are mass produced. Many thanks Howard and we look forward to discussing any future projects with you.
Right from the beginning of the design process Howard showed an exceptional eye for detail. He visited us and suggested some ideas, whilst also leaving plenty of room for our own suggestions.
He did some initial on the spot drawings which gave us a real feel of how we wanted the treasure box to be. We asked Howard to design a classic family keepsake box with a modern twist that will be much loved and passed down to our children, Poppy and Matilda. We had a vague idea of the finished design and immediately Howard got a sense of what we desired, then tool the concept and ran with it, producing some more detailed drawings from different angles to show us on his next visit. We instantly fell in love with the design and gave Howard the OK to start sampling different leathers and wood types.
A wide selection of leathers were offered for the interior and we settled on Oak and Maple. Howard also had the thought to create his own design of lock, a heart shaped one especially hand crafted for the box.
The chest was a wedding gift from my wife’s Grandparents. Howard also went to visit them to run through the designs before starting work. My wife’s Grandfather was an engineer and was completely taken back by Howard’s propensity for design, his attention to detail and stunning talent in his skilled craftsmanship. Howard took the box to her Grandparents to show them the finished piece before our wedding day. He spoke at length with her Grandfather about how he created the box, and even had the touching thought to let her Grandmother run her hands over the box ﴾ she suffered from Alzheimer’s and otherwise would not have been part of this treasured gift﴿.
The finished chest was presented to us on our wedding day, we were completely stunned by how intricate it was. I am a huge fan of dovetail joints and loved how Howard took this traditional method and added a modern twist.
We now posses a unique piece of furniture, hand crafted in England using the finest of materials. We simply cannot speak highly enough of Howard’s work.
What better way to house all our treasured possessions than in a chest of such outstanding quality!
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