Perrymans is the meeting of minimal, thoughtful design, and the traditional techniques employed by Will's family for generations.
"Our design philosophy holds that when a piece of furniture is well-made and functional, the beauty will follow. It's a no-nonsense kind of sentiment that we hold integral to our roots".
How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
I come from a family of makers, so I can't think of a time when I wasn't making something. I left education early, so had always imagined I'd make my living working with my hands. I started making furniture on the side in my job as a bespoke picture framer, picking up as much as I could from books, magazines and the internet - anything I could get my hands on! After meeting my now wife Emily, we moved to the sticks and built our workshop, where we began Perrymans in earnest.
Who did you learn from, who inspires you? What or who were your early influences and how has your life/upbringing influenced your work?
I've always been inspired by minimal design. Japan is a huge influence on our work; we were lucky enough to visit on our honeymoon, & I think I took some kind of inspiration from every place we visited. The work we create now is a mix of this minimal aesthetic, and a no-nonsense kind of design sensibility inherited from my family. Perrymans' mantra is that when a piece of work is well-made and functional, the beauty will follow.
What currently inspires you and which other artists do you
admire and why? What can you tell us about your current artwork, for example, do you explore any specific themes or subjects?
The collection we're debuting at MADE Canary Wharf is named 'Frank'; in part because of its direct, clean lines and functional design. But also as a bit of an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, and the spirit of form meeting function that is present in so much of his work. It's something that plays a big part in everything we make, and in this collection we've explored it particularly; every aspect of these designs has a purpose, and that purpose is a part of their beauty.
What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?
Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
I'm a traditional woodworker in most senses, working from my self-built workshop on the South Coast. I try to incorporate as much classic joinery and woodworking techniques as possible into each project (drawing on my background in bespoke joinery and framing), and minimize technological input. As with anything, this is a balancing act, but a big part of our ethos is to create contemporary work using traditional craft; so it's something we take care with on every project.
How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
Our business has been very much a DIY enterprise! So pretty much every aspect of it has developed since we started out. There's definitely a more 'grown-up' feel to the work we produce now; often the design elements are more subtle and nuanced. We're also learning a lot from collaborations in all aspects of what we do, so this is definitely something I'd like to build on in the future.
Which book would you recommend as inspiration?
The Martian by Andy Weir - if only for the underlying premise of tackling one problem at a time; always relevant in the workshop!