Industry Profile: Paul Case

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Established in 2006, Paul Case Furniture fuses contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful bespoke pieces of furniture. A small team of highly skilled craftsmen design and manufacture entirely unique products for private clients, leading interior designers and architects from the Lancashire workshop. Paul’s first furniture collection, the Spyder Collection, was launched at Decorex 2012 and takes its unique structural inspiration from Paul’s previous training in architecture. The Spyder Collection has also been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2012. 

How did you start out in the industry?

I re-trained in making fine furniture with an old school master-craftsman in Devon during 2005. Prior to that I had done architecture at university but then somehow I slipped into being an accountant for 8 years! That gave me plenty of motivation to find a change.

What’s been your proudest career moment to date?

Probably being shortlisted for the Wood Awards this year. The panel of judges is full of people I really respect so to be shortlisted by them is a great boost. 

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The creative part – but that comes in many forms from designing the furniture; to making the furniture; to coming up with a good idea for promoting it.

What do you love the most about Decorex?

I just love the feel of the show. It just feels special and that comes about from the efforts of the organisers but also the efforts of all the stall holders who put so much into making their stands look fantastic. With it having been our first year at Decorex this year the whole experience felt great – roll on next year.

Did you launch any exciting new products at this year’s show?

Well yes!! We launched our new Spyder Collection at this year’s show. The range is all linked with a theme of angles and tapers which create the structure, and at the same time, the aesthetic of the furniture. In fact, the Collection has been shortlisted for the Wood Awards this year.

Who or what inspires you?

You can get inspired by anything at any time. Good design is inspiring – things which are honest and interesting and beautiful. My influences do refer back to my architecture training. Interesting structures are fascinating due to their practical and aesthetic benefits. The architect Santiago Calatrava is truly inspiring with the elegance of his imagination.

Furniture-wise I love the pre and post war periods – mid-century modern is the term! It was such a fantastically creative period with really imaginative furniture taking centre stage – it was sumptuous but not over the top which is a nice balance

If we could give you an extra day per week, what would you spend it doing?

Sailing – I have done a little bit over the years but I do hope I manage to do more at some stage. It is so good for the soul as you are working with nature and are vulnerable to the forces of nature unless you respect them. And then when there is a nice breeze – it is such an uplifting experience.

Where do you live and why?

I live up on the hills of Lancashire. I spent six years in London and do still love the place. But Lancashire is where I was raised and I love different types of countryside which are immediately to hand – from the exquisite Ribble Valley to the rugged moors.

Can you tell us a bit about your own home?

We live in a 200-year-old house – it used to be two or three labourers' cottages which got knocked into one. We are 1000 feet up on the West Pennine moors and we live down a bumpy track with a cluster of other houses. On a really clear day we can see the Isle of Man which is 100 miles away. Living here you take the rough with the smooth – when the weather is a bit off then you get knocked about a bit outside but inside you get the fire on and you’re lovely and snug. And when the weather is good – well there is virtually nowhere better. One minute from the door you are walking through the heather with the freshest air in your lungs.

What are you working on at the moment?

We are actively working on promoting the Spyder Collection and have a few pieces to make for various people. On the bespoke side we are just about to start a large and elaborate corner cabinet with matching dining table and also another elaborate table for a hallway. 

To find out more about Paul's furniture, visit the Paul Case Furniture website.

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