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Byron & Gomez

Furniture is challanging to design, make, transport and shoot so, as an insight into how to approach a shoot of thie type, here’s a chat we had with the talented makers Byron&Gomez.

How and when did Byron & Gomez come into being?

How and when did Byron & Gomez come into being?

Charles and I met whilst studying furniture-making at Williams & Cleal Furniture School in Somerset. We never really discussed making a business together it just happen naturally. We both share a passion for craft and we both enjoy designing and making furniture, it was just right.

Your furniture pieces are beautiful and so perfectly made. Tell us a bit about your design process and inspiration.

Your furniture pieces are beautiful and so perfectly made. Tell us a bit about your design process and inspiration.

We very much enjoy designing together, often we start by each of us designing something on our own to then give each other input to improve or change the designs. Sometimes in the design process we reach an impasse where we both prefer our own direction for the design and are not willing to compromise, this can sometimes stall a design for weeks until we eventually find a third way that we are both happy with and is always better than something either of us would have come up with on our own.

Furniture is not an easy product. What is the thing you love most about being furniture designer/makers? What do you like the least?

Furniture is not an easy product. What is the thing you love most about being furniture designer/makers? What do you like the least?

We love furniture and the freedom of being able to explore our designs through making is what keeps us interested, the more we make and learn about woodworking the more we expand our possibilities in designing. Hand-made furniture is not an impulse buy and we admit that our biggest challenge is selling it.

As a duo are there pros and cons of working together?

As a duo are there pros and cons of working together?

Absolutely, Charles and I are good at very different things so we compliment each other. We get along and we are very good friends so working together is always a fun adventure for us, we share all the highs and lows of being self employed. Cons will probably be that sometimes we can get on each others toes as we live and work together.

Do you have differences of opinions?

Do you have differences of opinions?

Yes, frequently. Most of our disagreements are about designs, its the one place where we are very stubborn.

How do you resolve these during the design and making process?

How do you resolve these during the design and making process?

Whenever we have a disagreement about a design that we cant immediately reconcile, we normally put it to one side to pick up on a later date or we come up with a third option that we can both agree on.

You came to us all the way from Somerset! Thank you. Why did you choose Yeshen? How did you find out about us?

You came to us all the way from Somerset! Thank you. Why did you choose Yeshen? How did you find out about us?

We met Yeshen through the Crafts Council’s Hothouse program which is a business mentoring programme for creative businesses. Yeshen did a talk about photography, specifically how to use your phone to have beautiful photos for social media. We followed his work on Instagram and have always admired his photography and style.

Have you done a shoot like this before? What were you expecting from the shoot?

Have you done a shoot like this before? What were you expecting from the shoot?

We have never done a shoot like this. We expected to come out with beautiful photos that showed the value of our handcrafted furniture and we got so much more than that. Yeshen and Mugdha did such a great job that we have redesigned our website and have lifestyle photography for publications. Also we had a wonderful time at the studio.

You had some amazing props! They really made a difference. Where did you source them from?

You had some amazing props! They really made a difference. Where did you source them from?

We have been working with Foster & Gane who are an antique furniture and art dealer and they where happy to share with us some very unusual and beautiful pieces and objects to help made the shots more interesting. We notice how rugs are such an essential part to furniture shots, they really made a difference for this shoot.

Have you had any feedback about the photos? How has it made a difference?

Have you had any feedback about the photos? How has it made a difference?

We have had some feedback and it has all been very positive. We where recently at an exhibition and we notice how lifestyle photography helps people visualise our work in their homes.

How was your experience of working with us? How did you find the whole process?

How was your experience of working with us? How did you find the whole process?

Yeshen and Mughda where very professional and we felt they understood the style and quality of the photography we needed from the start. They where fun to be with and over all we will love to work with them again.

We love how the images have transformed the website! It looks fantastic. Do you feel you have achieved what you wanted? How and where else will you be using the images?

We have redesigned our website and the new photography has made a huge difference to how we are showcasing our work. We have already prepared and shared a press release for magazines like Elle Decoration and Home & Gardens. We have use the photos as well for flyers and most of all social media.