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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Artisan Studios: Studio Apex

The artisan:

Galvin Brothers


Galvin Brothers design and make contemporary, handcrafted furniture. The business is built upon their father’s 62 years of joinery and cabinet making experience, and celebrates the unique properties of English Oak and other hardwoods. Combining traditional joinery techniques with contemporary style and form, Galvin Brothers create functional objects with a twist.



The Retreat:

12′ x 10′ cedar Studio Apex

With large double glazed windows either side of the double glazed double doors, the Studio Apex maximizes the use of available light, making it the perfect garden room for relaxing with family and friends, working on hobbies and crafts or using as a home office.

Galvin Brothers design and make contemporary handcrafted furniture. Their designs celebrate the uniquely wonderful properties of sustainably sourced British hardwoods, placing traditional joinery techniques at the centre of contemporary forms. Galvin Brothers furniture is designed and built to last; honest-to-goodness and evenly priced. Their aim was (and still is) to make modern designs properly, using traditional techniques that have stood the test of time. They continue to develop as a design and manufacturing business, bringing new, functional and beautiful forms to life.

The inspiration:

Their passion comes from a simple desire to design and make beautiful, functional, desirable furniture. Inspiration comes from many places: from traditional joinery and the craft techniques, from the beautiful properties of the natural materials they work with, from nature and natural forms, from art and sculpture and other cultural forms, and from other design and fashion.

Matt will be working in the Artisan Retreat continuously throughout the week, taking inspiration from the entire flower show to create new designs, and he hopes to design a new bespoke collection, perhaps in response to one specific garden design in the show.


Galvin Brothers’ Studio Apex

Exterior colour:

Interior colour:
White Smoke

19mm softwood whitewashed

Chrome fittings, black felt roof tiles, 4′ x 10′ verandah

How the Studio Apex
was used:

The design of the Galvin Brothers artisan retreat is a simple translation of their shop/studio and workshop in Beverley, East Yorkshire. They wanted to create a simple evocation that gives insights into the way they work, how the design process translates into making handcrafted furniture. The whole theme for the retreat is “Sunshine indoors and out”!

So, be sure to check out the Galvin Brothers artisan retreat within the Malvern Garden Buildings collection at RHS Chelsea 2018. This retreat is beside an intriguing and fascinating selection of artisans with unique stories to tell and beautiful wares to show you, from calligraphy pens and floral glass jewellery to stunning freehand thread work and wonderful weaving.

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