The team behind Urban Metalworks


Meet the people behind Urban Metalworks – husband & wife team Lee and Vanessa – and find out how Urban Metalworks got started...

Lee:

“Well, I’ve run a metal fabrication firm for many years – in fact the business was operated by my father before me and has been in the family for over 40 years. We have always specialised in making bespoke industrial products for factories, workshops, warehouses - real heavy duty stuff which takes a pounding every day over a working life of many years.”

“Urban Metalworks evolved out of that background. I started to make some smaller furniture items for my own home and it just grew from there.”

Vanessa:

“I asked Lee if he could make me a coffee table for home – I had been looking for ages for something a bit different…..maybe something a bit industrial looking. Everything was either a cheap, foreign-made rip-off of an existing design, or such poor quality that it would end up as landfill within a year.”

“So I decided to put pencil to paper and see if I could come up with my own design and have Lee build it. After a few attempts (tweaked a bit, naturally), I had some designs I was happy with. Lee made them for me, using the same heavy gauge steel he uses for genuine industrial stuff. It wasn’t long before friends & family saw them and asked if we could make something similar for them – maybe something the same design but a bit longer, or taller…you get the idea. Because Lee can make them to order, that’s no problem – he can make them to any size within reason. For me, the first time a friend asked me to make a table for them was a real “light bulb” moment – I realised we could make a business out of this.”

Lee:

“Yeah, but the quality of the piece is only half the story – nobody will buy something if it’s poorly designed, no matter how well it’s made. I think that’s where we are such a good team – Vanessa has discovered a real flair for designing useful and attractive furniture & décor pieces, while I can make them to a unique customer specification – best of both worlds really.”

Vanessa:

“I personally find all the wood for our table tops from sustainable sources, and being a qualified wood furniture maker ensures that I know exactly what to look for in each piece. I find selecting the wood, machining it, applying a finish and then seeing it married to a steel base as a finished product, immensely satisfying.”

Lee:

“It’s all done by Vanessa and I – we don’t subcontract work to others. If we can’t do it ourselves, then we won’t do it. It’s really the only way to control the design and quality of each piece. This really is genuinely hand-made furniture, built to last a lifetime (and beyond, in all likelihood…)

Vanessa:

“We hope you like our designs. And don’t forget, because we design and build all pieces ourselves, we are able to create one-off bespoke items to your own specifications. Call me to discuss what you need – you might find that you’re a design genius!"


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