These days, when mass-produced furniture goes for a song from stores like Ikea, it’s refreshing to see a wave of artisan furniture-makers bravely going against the grain.
Joshua Miller, is one of the new wave of artisan furniture makers breathing new life into the old-fashioned carpentry trade. Using his natural designing ability and his woodworking skills he founded his company, Aspect 6, after graduating from the renowned East Lothian-based Chippendale International School of Furniture in 2008. Equipped with skills in traditional and modern furniture making, Josh specialises in both cabinetmaking and antique restoration.
A talented young furniture designer, Josh produces bespoke top quality woodwork for both domestic and commercial use from his East Lothian workshop which he shares with workshop dog, Crux (pictured above left). His impressive customer list includes Benugo at RBS headquarters and Archerfield Walled Garden, where all the exquisite bar, woodwork and coffee tables are Josh’s work. “Making great furniture is not only about creating something that looks good and works well, it’s about giving it character and personality – a tangible link to its owner.” Josh explains “We work alongside our customers throughout the entire process to make them feel part of the piece so they can share its story.”
A key part of the business is restoration and Aspect 6 restores a broad range of furniture from 18th and 19th Century antiques, through to 1950s vintage furniture. “When a piece of furniture grows old, unloved and a bit decrepit, the temptation is to throw it away and buy something new,” says Josh “but our ethos is to remain sympathetic to the piece, returning an item to it’s original beauty using traditional and modern restoration techniques.” And, Josh has quickly gained a reputation as a skilled wood-worker capable of turning his hand to most challenges, including the restoration of the seating area outside North Berwick’s St Andrew Blackadder Church (pictured with Crux).
Aspect 6 has recently added bespoke wooden wedding decorations and gifts to their repertoire. From rustic wedding cake stands, to gorgeous wooden place names, to personalised Sgian Dubhs, each piece is unique and beautifully hand-crafted. They also offer a range of items to hire for weddings and events, including tables, candle holders, blackboards and even an entire bar.
Steading Cottage, Newlands Farm, Gifford EH41 4PJ
aspect6.co.uk | t: 07703011392