Born in the heartland of Britain’s illustrious manufacturing tradition, Bonham and Bonham follow in the footsteps carved for us by the cabinet maker Edwin Bonham in his Black Country workshop over seventy years ago.
In 1948, as the country started to recover from the hardship of war, the national drive towards modernisation of the economy and restoration of industry revived the quintessential British entrepreneurial spirit.
With the coming of peace across Europe, the shared excitement at the dawn of this new epoch breathed new life and energy into towns and communities of the Black Country, who had long been revered for their mastery of skilled craftsmanship.
Among those craftsmen who sought to reclaim the great manufacturing heritage of the Midlands was our founder Edwin Bonham, who opened his first workshop in 1948, from where he would dedicate his life, and stake our family name, on crafting exquisite furniture and creating interiors of the highest calibre.
Establishing his business in ‘The Workshop of the World’, as the Black Country was known, offered Edwin a unique opportunity. At his fingertips existed an incredibly diverse network of manufacturers and artisanal tradesmen, all of whom, proud of their heritage, strived to produce the highest quality goods of the day.
Seeing the advantage of incorporating different materials and components into his work, Edwin’s creativity blossomed and the workshop went from producing one-off pieces of cabinetry and joinery to taking on entire architectural interior commissions for large homes and estates.
Edwin built a close network of partners and suppliers who could deliver the unique products he designed for the homes of his clients.
From the leather-crafters and tanner of Dudley came fine skins and hides used to line drawers, dressers and gun cabinets, from the ceramic makers of Wednesbury came bespoke hand-painted enamelled tiles to adorn bathrooms and kitchens, while weavers in Kidderminster supplied intricate carpets and rugs.
The japanning houses of Bilston provided the finishing touches to sumptuously decorated case goods and furniture, while brass, bronze, steel and copper, cast and formed into every conceivable shape by the metallurgists of Wolverhampton furnished Bonham’s with a unique offering.
The experience of working with such a broad range of materials and products and suppliers while striving to achieve the highest quality drove Edwin to establish a new approach to delivering projects.
He started to incorporate different disciplines and components of a single project under one roof, ensuring that the magic and detail created at the conceptual stage could be realised through careful oversight and control of the manufacturing and installation process by the those who created the vision; the designers.
It was this combination of close and long-standing relationships with artisan suppliers, and Edwin’s vision for the integrated approach throughout the design, manufacture and delivery of interior projects that not only laid the foundation of our business today but also established the core principle which continues to guide our success.
With long hours on the workshop floor under his belt as a boy, learning both the craft of design and the power of the integrated approach, Edwin’s son David, the company’s current Chairman, took on his father’s enterprise and applied his method to developing the offering of our family business.
In continuing to combining spatial and interior design with the manufacture of specialist joinery in our own workshop house, David kept the family tradition alive and levering his talent and exacting eye for detail into the development of a large portfolio of outstanding prime property across the UK and Europe.
Continuing the close network of relationships he inherited from his father, and extending it to suppliers and artisanal craftsmen across Europe, Asia and North America, the principles of success Edwin stated our family name on continue to guide us.
Today David is joined by his son, James, who brings his own ambition and creativity to the business, ensuring that while staying true to its heritage, Bonham & Bonham embrace fully the potential of cutting edge technology, style and a bold vision for its future.
From our humble beginnings over 70 years ago, Bonham & Bonham has evolved through the hands of three generations and continues to deliver excellence in architectural interiors, design and manufacture to ambitious Private Clients in the UK and across the world.