Commissioning homewares: London makers can help you live out your fantasies — it costs less than you think

If you are not satisfied with what is available on the homewares market, I suggest making it. You can either hire someone to make it for your, unless you have a workshop in your backyard and the knowledge to use it. London is home to many makers who have the skills and studios to translate your ideas into finished objects. New enclaves are emerging all the time. Although the idea of commissioning furniture may seem extravagant, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Even the most basic furniture can be given a personal touch by adding a little bit of individuality. Barnaby’s forge in his Bermondsey studio / HandoutMy friend Barnaby has just set up a forge in his Bermondsey studio where he can hammer out amazing objects. Good-looking door handles are some of the most difficult items to source. I love designing them and having Barnaby make them. This is a great way to update your wardrobe doors or kitchen cabinets. A coat hook made to measure could transform a hallway. Or, you could enjoy daily delight with a toilet-roll holder. Altyn reupholstered the Vintage Veranda sofa made by Vico Magistretti and Cassina. Charlie Froud Studio is just across the road. Charlie Froud Studio is a formidable carpenter with an artistic approach to his work. He’s the man to call if you need sturdy shelving with dovetail joinery. Miranda Keyes is a master at blowpipe work and can make your wildest vase dreams a reality. A drinks party with Olga Mackenzie would be a unique experience. Altyn at Forest Gate Studio uses her vast knowledge of upholstery and 20th-century furniture to transform even the most difficult jobs from complicated to beautiful. You only need to choose the fabric. I have all the information you need to make the most of your homewares commissions. READ MOREHow a London first-time buyer transformed a “nightmare of Beige” into her dream home with a little help from dadPositively Positano: Homeware purchases inspired by Amalfi Coast holidays – from Le Sirenuse plates and Roman column placematsThe Invisible Man: How to boldly use colour in any size home, even if you rentIn an age where everything can be delivered to your doorstep in 24 hours, this is your chance to work with the best, masters of their craft. I can’t think of anything better. Where to find London’s best makersBarnaby Lewis studio , Unit 6 Orion Business Centre, Surrey Canal Road, SE14 5RT, ( Froud studio, Unit 10-11, Excelsior Works, Rollins Street, SE15 1EP ( for info)Miranda Keyes , The Studios 330 St James’s Road, SE1 5JX (; (;