Our Heritage – The Clive Christian Furniture Co. story – when visionary design met British craftsmanship


OUR HERITAGE - background


Clive Christian Furniture Co. began when a visionary came home. Back in the 1970s, our founder purchased a 19th-century manor house in Cheshire, in the north-west of England. Though its exterior was stunning, when he stepped inside, he knew there was much to be done to restore this charismatic beauty to her former glory.


Inspired by circumstance – 1970

Clive decided that creating a sense of harmony between the exterior and interior of a home was crucial and began to renovate it appropriately with bespoke furniture made to his designs. 

Beautiful design to last a lifetime – 1978

Word of Clive’s achievements spread and soon he was receiving requests to create personal designs for other homes – catering to every room in the house through the reintroduction of hand crafted paneling. 

By 1978, demand for his designs increased, so Clive invested in an artisan workshop in the North of England – Clive Christian Furniture was born. The first official design released was the Victorian Kitchen.

Clive removed walls to make the room more spacious and installed sociable kitchen islands and chandeliers for unexpected glamour. This unique design resonated with opinion-makers in the world of interiors, who credited Clive with creating a revolution. By transforming the kitchen from a solitary domestic space to a desirable room to gather and entertain, he changed the way interior designers and their clients engage with functional spaces in the home. Clive’s philosophy is still as highly regarded today and his vision and style have changed the way we all view and use our kitchens forever. 

A visionary honored – 2012 and 2018

Clive Christian was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to the luxury goods industry. We were also thrilled to welcome HRH The Princess Royal who visited the workshop in 2018 to acknowledge 40 years of British Luxury Interiors.


Today, continuing the vision and values of our founder 40 years ago, Clive Christian Furniture Co. has become synonymous with great British craftsmanship and the very finest interiors. We work with clients in the most notable residences across the globe, expertly combining rare, exotic materials with age-old skills and the most modern of technologies to every room. It’s about fusing heritage craft with the dynamism of tomorrow, researching new and exciting materials, bringing the best of automotive and jewellery-making techniques into home. 

We believe in encouraging clients to really engage with the design process, sharing ideas and aspirations. This cross-pollination of creativity, client involvement and the very best of British craftsmanship results in wholly unique luxury interiors that are unmatched in quality and style.  

Looking to tomorrow we plan to keep evolving, exploring and co-creating, providing bespoke services that empower clients to customise their homes and enjoy those extra special touches that make each environment truly unique. 


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