Five ways to customise home interiors

Tailor designs for rugs, wall coverings and lighting

Københavns Møbelsnedkeri's collection of off-the-peg solid wooden furniture and metal lighting
Københavns Møbelsnedkeri's collection of off-the-peg solid wooden furniture and metal lighting

Furniture Based around the idea of harnessing and re-energising the heritage of artisan Danish design, the 20-strong team at Københavns Møbelsnedkeri gather oak from local woods, fume it to give it the right smoky shade, then use classic workshop machinery, much of it hand-operated, to create contemporary-classic pieces of furniture. The collective’s bespoke work has included smooth, curvy timber chairs and dining tables for cultish Copenhagen restaurants such as Relae and Noma, as well as private commissions (from £1,000 to more than £100,000) covering everything from kitchens to wardrobes, bathroom interiors, cabinetry and pendant lamps, often in partnership with other international design studios and architects, including Tom Dixon studio. Read our full story on Københavns Møbelsnedkeri hereJENNY DALTON

Naomi Paul’s Glück pendant provides directional lighting that works beautifully over a dining table
Naomi Paul’s Glück pendant provides directional lighting that works beautifully over a dining table

Lighting British textile and product designer Naomi Paul’s one-of-a-kind pendant lamps and wall-mounted lights are all hand-crocheted in cotton or wool, and can be found in Firmdale hotels. Custom commissions (from £7,000) have ranged from simple disc-like shades made of Egyptian cotton, which is double-knitted in Lancashire into Paul’s signature cord, to enormous Glück pendants – directional lighting that works beautifully over a dining table. Paul’s palette includes everything from glacier white to sherbet orange to dusky pink, and her latest work incorporates Shetland and British Aran wools – fibres that are sustainable, hypoallergenic and naturally flame retardant. “The wool has fantastic acoustic dampening and calming qualities, and it has a robust, chunky feel as well,” she says. See more of Naomi Paul’s work hereCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

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Rugs Über-cool Dutch design brand Moooi (behind which Marcel Wanders is one of the driving forces) uses the extraordinary Chromojet 800 printer to power its bespoke service (from £80 per sq m for 10-100sq m). Called, appropriately enough, Your Own Design, the entire process can be done online. First, clients electronically send over their desired pattern, which can be anything from a swatch of wallpaper to a favourite photograph or self-drawn artwork; then Moooi’s experts reproduce it as a CAD printout and recommend suitable material properties, such as pile height and weight. A sample is then made, and once that meets with the client’s approval the carpet is printed and dispatched. Find out more about Moooi’s rugsCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

Moooi clients can have custom rugs designed from swatches of photographs, wallpaper, or even artwork
Moooi clients can have custom rugs designed from swatches of photographs, wallpaper, or even artwork

Wall coverings Brooklyn-based firm Callidus Guild has collaborated with the likes of ChanelDior and Louis Vuitton and Edition hotels in London. The artisan collective functions much like a traditional Florentine guild – sculptors, fresco artists, muralists and jewellers all work together on unique panels and wallpapers (from $275-$350 per yard), mixing ancient artisanal techniques with contemporary aesthetics. Subtle designs are inspired by sacred geometry, the Meiji arts of Japan, art deco patterns or African art, and each is handcrafted using between nine and 25 layers of plaster, paint and applied materials. Three coats of marble-dust plaster are a constant, and intricate inlays of mother-of-pearl, malachite, agate and onyx are all possible. Past commissions have included stone-studded wall panels depicting Italian landscapes. Read our full story on Callidus Guild hereCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Custom silk sofa from Bespoke Sofa London
Custom silk sofa from Bespoke Sofa London

Sofas Bespoke Sofa London’s construction process may be traditional and unchanging – the frames are handmade in top-quality beech and each spring is individually placed – but its approach to design is a flexible collaboration with clients. “Each piece of furniture is tailored to a home, just like the best-fitting jackets on Savile Row,” says founder Najib Juya, whose company has made couches for rooftop apartments in Dubai, statement homes in London’s Hyde Park and extra-narrow hallways in Scotland. Once a sofa shape has been decided upon – with inspiration drawn from trendsetting interior-design fairs and the world’s most luxurious hotels – wood and upholstery finishes are selected from the company library, with options including silks, leathers and velvets. Commissions take four to six weeks to complete. See more of Bespoke Sofa London’s designs hereCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

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