Bespoke design and hand-crafting business, Ogilvies of Haddington, has announced a new collaboration with the prestigious interior designers, Jeffreys Interiors, providing woodwork and restoration services to its client base.

love of hand-crafting beautiful items from natural wood, working with unusual materials and a desire to own his own business, inspired 44-year old former accountant Ewan Ogilvie to retrain from finance manager to cabinetmaker and launch Ogilvies of Haddington. Ewan took his leap of faith to study at the prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian. In 2013 he qualified as a cabinetmaker and set up his artisan business.

From his East Lothian-based workshop and studio, he initially worked on small furniture commissions, with each piece crafted from locally-sourced timber and materials. Ewan has gained a growing and glowing reputation for his beautiful craftsmanship in the design and creation of impressive kitchens, wine cellars and larger scale furniture.

Ewan explained “I have always been interested in design and aesthetics, although had limited opportunity to explore these in my previous lines of work. This collaboration with renowned interior design business Jeffreys Interiors is expanding my business into new horizons.

Alison Vance, Design Director at Jeffreys Interiors says “The quality of Ewan’s work is outstanding and meets the demands of our clientele.  It is wonderful to be able to offer interesting designs, made locally with high-quality materials and constructed using efficient workshop techniques and machinery. Ewan has a great eye for design and is clearly passionate about the sourcing of his materials.

Ogilvies of Haddington also makes bespoke furniture and one of his most impressive kitchens (pictured above) has been for the Geary family in Fife who spent years renovating a former Manse near Anstruther. Its previous off-the-shelf kitchen units did not harmonise with the grandeur of the lofty Georgian room so Ewan designed a kitchen with the look of an old apothecary and created a sociable family layout.

Ewan has also immersed himself in the East Lothian community, handcrafting shop fittings for customers, including the newly renovated Humbie Hub, which features a village shop, café and community space.