BARK comes to Rowden

Bark Furniture is such a great name for a young inventive furniture making company. Here at Rowden Workshops we were fortunate to be able to get the directors of BARK to come and tell us about what they are doing. Jonathan and Lakshmi are 2 former students of The David Savage Atelier.

Jonathan being here about 4 years ago and Lakshmi 2 years ago. They gave as a stunning presentation of how far a small business can get in only two recessionary years.

Anyone who says it is not possible to make a good business making furniture in England needs to look at BARK. They instill the very idea of Hand Made, English, Quality, Furniture Making at the very centre of their brand identity. “Ah! You are the people who do the quality.” as a major buyer told them at a London show.

BARK talked openly about going to their first exhibition and designing a first collection of furniture. Then about establishing a routine of bringing out a new collection TWICE A YEAR. They developing the first website gaining invaluable press and PR coverage providing the press with images and text when they needed it “within ten minutes usually. ” They talked of second exhibitions, gaining international customers and a second website and new PR consultant. All in two years, Inspirational!


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