Winter Comfort – Superb Design, Immaculate Quality With Wills Bisgrove

As winter approaches it’s time to retreat indoors and enjoy the comforts of home. Evening dinner parties with family and friends, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the complete comfort of your beautifully designed and upholstered furniture from Wills Bisgrove. Plush fabrics, exquisite design, luxurious cushioning – handcrafted and hand-built to the highest standards. Luxury and impeccable quality – it’s from Wills Bisgrove and it’s simply the very best.

With design excellence the promise and delivery of real comfort and a touch of genuine luxury; the Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb palette for your interior design selection.

This week we feature some of our popular occasional and dining chairs.In any well designed, well planned living area, there is often the need to place or situate the ‘occasional’ chair. It could be a bedroom chair, or perhaps for a study or hallway.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb choice of simply beautiful handcrafted chairs admirably suited to purpose. Also on offer is a stunning selection of dining chairs to complement your selected dining table with a variety of fabrics leathers and materials to suit all tastes and applications available.

A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a wonderful choice. It can become the focus within a room or accompany a sumptuous sofa. The chairs in the Classic Collection (pictured above) at Wills Bisgrove Furniture offer traditional design and real comfort. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge creates seats that are supremely comfortable and certainly built to last.

The Adelaide Chair

This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair

This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair

his lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair

This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Bisgrove Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

Whether its modern contemporary style or traditional form and elegance – Wills Bisgrove Furniture is your destination. Your Designer or Decorator can browse through our extensive selection and be confident of finding the right setting, combination or piece to complete the wonderful vista planned for your home.

Continuing with chairs from the Wills Bisgrove Furniture Dining Chair Collection, today we review the Odeon, the Sebastian, the Stockton and the Venice. All beautifully upholstered and stylish dining chairs. (The Stockton is perhaps more of a barstool or tub stool).

The Odeon Chair

A low back sleek contemporary design with elegantly tapered legs, this delightful chair will suit any modern home or setting. Medical rooms, waiting rooms and board rooms are also Commercial possibilities. It is a very adaptable chair. With a generous seat size, hand sprung coil seating, sumptuous cushioning and a solid timber frame, this is a supremely comfortable chair.

The Sebastian Chair

Definitely a dining classic with scroll back, detailed provincial style legs and a generous height. Comfort is assured with padded back and coil spring seating with plush cushioning.

The Venice Chair

A unique curved back dining chair. Sleek, elegant lines curving down to low tapered arms, this chair is eye catching yet comforting. It can be used as a dining chair or an occasional chair. Polished tapered timber legs feature brass castors and its overall finish is completed with a precise piped border.

The Stockton Chair

This chair can be used as a barstool or Kitchen stool. With its arched back tub style, timber detailing and firm foam seat, it’s the barstool that won’t see you moving too far – it’s so comfortable. Strong durable frame – its built to last a lifetime. So cheers to the Stockton!

Please browse our full range of traditional and contemporary dining chairs here and remember your Designer can always make modifications to suit your needs For further details please call us on 03 9815 0111 or email your details to us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com

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Wills Bisgrove – Genuine Bespoke Design. Luxury Comfort and Absolute Quality

Bespoke design – it’s a concept thrown about quite liberally these days. However, true bespoke design – inspired, original design – completed and crafted by gifted Artisans is actually rare. It is this that makes quality upholstered furniture from Wills Bisgrove so sought after. It’s the touch of the Master Craftsman that sets Wills Bisgrove apart. First class quality, luxury, comfort and design every time. 

This is the chance to select the very best in comfort, quality and bespoke design. The Wills Bisgrove Collection of classic and contemporary upholstered furniture is both individual and unique. However, in some instances, your Interior Designer will create an original design in upholstered furniture specifically for your project. 

For Designers and Interior Decorators, the only difficulty is finding the right Craftsmen and Craftswomen to faithfully interpret their original designs and create the vision of their imagination, true dimensions, the fabric, the colour – the look, the feel. The Wills Bisgrove team are renowned for such works, creating beautiful, long lasting and unique furniture, whilst ensuring a true interpretation of the original design without deviation or change wherever possible.

Whether it’s Booth Seating, Sofas, Lounge Suites, Bedheads or an unusual Ottoman, when it comes to true bespoke furniture, Wills Bisgrove Bespoke Furniture is simply beyond reproach.The Wills Bisgrove team consistently create beautifully crafted, individually designed pieces, time after time with total finesse. Luxury, comfort and exquisite design – it’s truly the hallmark of the Wills Bisgrove team, its Craftsmen/Craftswomen and Artisans. It’s been that way now for over 80 years with the Wills Bisgrove team adopting new trends and design directions,yet maintaining an absolute premium in quality and finish.

With skill and expertise our artisans bring the design to life, creating unique pieces that breathe life into the overall project vision.

The Wills Bisgrove Furniture team are experienced and skilled in producing unique, individual furniture to the design specifications supplied by Interior Designer, Decorators and Architects. As well, where required, the Wills Bisgrove team can modify current furniture pieces featured in the Wills Bisgrove Collection to meet the space and/or the concepts of the Interior Designer or Decorator, as provided.

Designers often create modular furniture with nominated space requirements. Wills Bisgrove will produce the furniture units to fit the spaces exactly and correctly, as desired. This includes one-off modular furniture, ottomans, bench seating, traditional sofas and chairs. In short Wills Bisgrove will provide a superb rendition of the plans and designs developed by the Designers, Decorators and Architects on each occasion.

Keep in mind that most Wills Bisgrove designed sofas can be easily modified to include sofa bed mechanisms. Each mechanism has fully sprung mattresses and is reliably tested for comfort and functionality. Sofa beds provide a wonderful and simple option for guest rooms or those ‘spare’ spaces.

Please call Manager,John Sharkey, on 03 9815 0111 now and book a time to discuss your requirements or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com with your details and you will receive a prompt reply..

The Wills Bisgrove Furniture team will bring your design visions to life, with beauty and true individuality.

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Now is the Time to Refurbish Your Commercial Premises With Stylish New Furniture from Wills Bisgrove

With many businesses and professional practices now re-opening for business after the pandemic it really is a great time to refresh and renew your furnishings with Wills Bisgrove. Elegant design – modern contemporary or classic and traditional – first impressions count. Sumptuous upholstery, supreme comfort, impeccable quality – it’s from Wills Bisgrove and it’s simply superb.

This year for nearly everyone tax time is likely to be very different. The pandemic provided a quite different business activity for most. However there are still very generous tax write offs available for capital items (furniture is included). It’s a really great opportunity to refresh and renew with high quality furniture from the Wills Bisgrove Collection for your specialist commercial rooms. 

First impressions are everything. Whether you run a busy medical practice, a legal practice, a wellness centre or simply offer a lounge area in your building foyer, selecting the right furniture for your customers, clients, patients or visitors is vitally important. Comfort, design and a feeling of luxury, it feels right, looks fabulous and creates a relaxed environment – with Wills Bisgrove Furniture from our fabulous Wills Bisgrove Collection.

At Wills Bisgrove we offer a range of both classic and contemporary lounge suites – sofas, armchairs and occasional chairs as well as ottomans to suit. With hand crafted and hand-built fine furniture, make a statement to clients or visitors – simply superb.

For Designers, Wills Bisgrove offers a new level of comfort and luxury. Add to this the real craftsmanship provided by skilled Artisans and the upholstered furniture produced is timeless yet durable and reliable.

Architects and Designers can confidently select from our Commercial Furniture range knowing the same finesse, workmanship and excellence is standard with every individual upholstered Wills Bisgrove Furniture item – as well as a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and quality.

As always there is the opportunity for Designers to request custom designs and modifications as may be required with commercial specifications. Wills Bisgrove Furniture upholsterers and craftsmen will interpret the design modifications faithfully with dexterity and skill, ensuring the end result is as desired.

Here are some examples of items suitable for commercial application selected from our catalogue.

The Barrington Sofa

The Barrington is comfortable sofa that looks impressive in executive offices or specialist medical rooms. It speaks of quality, featuring higher club arms and a fully upholstered coil-sprung back for solid, comfortable support. The hardwood frame with coil springs ensures a solid yet attractive unit. A three-seater measuring 2300mm in width as well as a two-seater measuring 2000mm are both available and quite suitable for commercial purposes. Matching armchairs and ottomans are also available.

The Houston Sofa

The Houston is an elegant sofa yet it lends itself to utilitarian purposes in business settings, medical rooms or executive offices. it features a coil sprung fitted back with split piped division and large feather wrapped cushions. The cushion materials can be adjusted to suit the expected usage.

A large, solid, sleek profile with polished feet in detail and patina polished finish. The sofa is available as a three-seater, two and a half or two-seater as well as in an armchair.

The Chicago Chair

When considering occasional chairs for the office or professional rooms take a look at the Chicago chair. A sleek, armless chair, it features twin needle stitched detail creating a tufted effect on the seat and inside back. Nicely finished with fine piping detail to the edges, it’s highly polished timber base and legs complement its overall look and feel.

For further information on upholstered furniture produced by Wills Bisgrove suitable for Commercial application please call on 9815 0111 or email: willsfurniture@bigpond.com for a prompt reply.


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A Fabulous Selection of Fine Fabric and Leathers For You To Choose From. The Perfect Finish From Wills Bisgrove – Always.

The interior design has been revealed. Now is the time to sit down with your Interior Designer and confirm the fabrics, the leathers, the colours and finishing of your newly selected fine furniture from Wills Bisgrove. Select the fabrics or leathers of your choice from the extensive range of materials gathered by Wills Bisgrove from Australia and the world’s leading suppliers and fabric houses, ensuring a superb, individual rendition of your selected furniture. 

Adelaide sofa 3 seater in Elliott Clarke Ramayana velvet

When choosing your upholstered furniture, take the time to browse the Wills Bisgrove Collection and select the style, the design that you desire from our extensive catalogue of both classic and contemporary upholstered furniture. Your Interior Designer can then spend time with our team of Artisans to ensure your bespoke designs are faithfully crafted by the Wills Bisgrove team, meeting and exceeding your expectations. 

Classic Sofas

So let’s discuss fabrics. Interior Designers consider a number of factors when determining the right fabric to suit your selection from our exclusive Wills Bisgrove Collection.

Geneva – from the Wills Bisgrove Contemporary Sofa Collection

For a Designer it’s often somewhat imperious to select a delicate silk or a pure white linen. However good Designers realise their clients must live with the fabric selected and it may be the fabric is determined by the potential use of the furniture, its location and the degree of traffic a room may experience. Often choosing an easy to maintain fabric can be a better long term choice.

Here is a list of fabrics, both Natural and Synthetic reprinted from the Houzz.com.au website. It is a useful guide and at Wills Bisgrove Furniture we consider it reasonably accurate and useful.

  • Cotton is durable and resistant to wear and fading, but not as resistant to dirt and wrinkling. Cotton can go from casual to formal depending on the weave.
  • Cotton blends are slightly more durable than cotton due to the mix of additional fibres.
  • Leather is durable and functional. It wears well and gets better with age.
  • Linen is resistant to pilling and fading. It provides a crisp and casual look to furniture. However, it wrinkles and shows dirt easily.
  • Silk is elegant and adds a sophisticated and formal touch to furniture. Due to its delicacy, it’s best for light use and requires professional cleaning.
  • Wool blends with synthetic fibre for easier maintenance. It’s durable while also being resistant to pilling, fading, wrinkling and soil.
  • Acetate is developed as imitation silk, and is resistant to pilling and shrinking; however, it doesn’t hold up well for everyday use due to its tendency to wear, wrinkle and fade in the sun.
  • Acrylic is developed as imitation wool and may pill easily if not of high quality. However, it’s softer than natural wool, and is resistant to wear, wrinkling, dirt and fading.
  • Microfibre fabric is made from polyester fibres, is similar to suede, and easy to maintain.
  • Nylon is often blended with other fibres, creating a durable fabric that won’t wrinkle or soil but may fade and pill.
  • Polyester is usually found in a blend with other fibres, and is resistant to wrinkling and fading.
  • Rayon, though prone to wrinkling, is durable and affordable.
  • Vinyl is durable and a more affordable option compared to leather.

Source: Houzz

Functionality and Reality

A clever designer will select fabric that not only looks superb but also wears well, is easy to maintain yet synchronises well with the style of the furniture and the decor and feel of the room you have selected.

Houzz advises:Neutral tones and floral prints work well in a traditional space, while bright colours and bold patterns give off a more contemporary vibe. Your lifestyle also dictates your design. 

Here are four quick questions to ask while browsing upholstery fabric online:

• How long is this upholstery meant to last?
• How often will you clean and iron it?
• Where do you plan to use it – indoors or outdoors?
• Which style of furniture pieces is this upholstery meant for?

At Wills Bisgrove Furniture we always advise our Designers on fabrics and their properties, recommending the best in looks, appearance, quality and maintenance, ensuring the longevity and durability matches the appearances of the fabrics selected.

The choice is yours. Let it reflect your personality, your home and your vision.

For further information please contact us at Wills Bisgrove Furniture on 03 9815 0111 during business hours. Alternatively please email: willsfurniture@bigpond.com  for a prompt reply.

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Professional Antique and Classic Furniture Restoration. Wills Bisgrove – Expertise, Experience and Proficiency-Always

When it’s time to restore or rejuvenate valuable antique furniture or classic period pieces there is only one choice – Wills Bisgrove. The Wills Bisgrove team will restore your treasured furniture to its original condition – the full upholstery, not just the fabric or leather – with finesse, care and genuine Artisan skill. 

Over time upholstered furniture can lose its lustre. The fabrics become worn, the springs and webbing need replacement and the cushions need refilling and refreshing. The real question is who can you depend upon to carefully and cleverly restore your valuable piece to its original glory?  Again, there is simply only one answer – it’s time to call Wills Bisgrove Furniture and ensure your wonderful lounge suite, sofa, armchair or occasional chair is restored and ready for the next 100 years. Comfortable with selected fine fabrics and leathers for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.

The Wills Bisgrove team is a collective of artisans offering a truly traditional approach to the renovation and repair of Classic and period Furniture. With over 80 years’ experience in furniture making and repair, the Wills team rely on tried and true traditional methodologies utilising premium materials. Hand tied Stainless Steel Springs, featherdown or high quality memory foam, F1 Hardwoods for framing, brass and stainless steel castors, but always in keeping with the original manufacture and build of your heirloom piece.

Maybe, but firstly is it really worth restoring? In many cases the answer is sadly ‘no’, but for those rarer cases where such rejuvenation is both feasible and desirable the Wills Bisgrove Team are the right people to bring your treasured item back to life.

The Wills Bisgrove team are genuine Craftsmen and Craftswomen. Artisans who really understand upholstery and traditional furniture. A quick assessment on the framing, quality and fabric or leather replacement provides the answers on a financial basis.

Some items that are genuine antiques are certainly worth the investment. others such as rundown units from the ‘50s and ‘60s are probably better replaced. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers an exciting and interesting range of traditional upholstered furniture, very suitable to provide a seamless replacement of that ‘timeless’ piece.

Some items that are genuine antiques are certainly worth the investment. others such as rundown units from the ‘50s and ‘60s are probably better replaced. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers an exciting and interesting range of traditional upholstered furniture, very suitable to provide a seamless replacement of that ‘timeless’ piece.

Here are some of the sofas and armchairs available through our Wills Bisgrove Collection that meld beautifully into a traditional interior design.

From our French Provincial selection we present:

Classic Louis X111 French provincial settee

The settee is available in any custom size with the option of a fitted back or loose back cushion. It has a beautiful hand carved American Cherry timber frame and can be finished in any selected colour with patina distressing and wax finish or a painted or washed finish. Superior comfort is achieved with sumptuous feather down cushions and a hand tied, coil sprung back. Fine double piping detail.

Bergere Chair

The Bergere Chair features in our Collection and is very popular. It has a hand carved frame from selected timber, with a highly polished finish. It features a traditional French style jute webbed seat and is superbly comfortable with its deep seat and sumptuous feather down cushion.

Louis XIV Chair

This splendid chair has a frame hand carved in American Cherry timber and is highly polished. It features the traditional French style jute webbed seat and is divinely comfortable with its deep seat and sumptuous feather down cushion.

Charles II Carver chair

Another reproduction chair is this classic chair from the Charles 11 of England period with hand turned spindle legs and stretcher rails. The timber frame can be made from American Cherry or European Beech with the choice of a polished or painted finish. The elegant high back and hand tied, coil sprung seat ensure comfort. The Charles II carver chair style features carved and shaped arms and a generously proportioned seat on turned and carved legs joined by a turned or carved front stretcher.

The Florence

This beautiful, classical Victorian style sofa features diamond buttoned upholstered back, large scroll padded arms, polished legs and castors. This elegant sofa will add class to any living space. It can also be made with a fluted skirt. It’s luxurious and sumptuous feather down cushions make it divinely comfortable as well as stunningly decorative.

As can be seen at Wills Bisgrove, we have a complete range that provides the style you require – or desire. Check out our full Wills Bisgrove Collection here – and for further information on our full restoration services, or on viewing our extensive range, please call 03 9815 0111 to book an appointment with our friendly staff – or you can email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com.au and again, a staff member will contact you to assist you or make an appointment to visit our showrooms located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell.

 Design, Luxury, Comfort.

Wills Bisgrove – Simply The Best.

Stunning Handcrafted Occasional Chairs and Dining Chairs – from Wills Bisgrove 

The lounge suite is stunning, the fabrics simply gorgeous – complete the picture with a superb occasional chair from the Wills Bisgrove Collection. Then carry the theme through to the dining table with beautiful, sturdy, hand-built, handcrafted dining chairs from Wills Bisgrove – a touch of luxury, exclusive design and pure comfort. It’s the finishing touch. 

No doubt your Designer has selected the sofas, armchairs and accessories you desire from the Wills Bisgrove Collection – why not complete the vista with delightful occasional chairs and dining chairs to match and accentuate the final design of all your living areas. 

In any well designed, well planned living area, there is often the need to place or situate the ‘occasional’ chair. It could be a bedroom chair, or perhaps, for a study or hallway. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb choice of simply beautiful handcrafted chairs admirably suited to purpose. Also on offer is a stunning selection of dining chairs to complement your selected dining table with a variety of fabrics, leathers and materials to suit all tastes and applications available.

A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a wonderful choice.  It can become the focus within a room or accompany a sumptuous sofa. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture offer traditional design and real comfort.

Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge creates seats that are supremely comfortable and certainly built to last.

The Adelaide Chair

This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair

This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair

This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair

This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Bisgrove Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

Whether its modern contemporary style or traditional form and elegance – Wills Bisgrove Furniture is your destination. Your Designer or Decorator can browse through our extensive selection and be confident of finding the right setting, combination or piece to complete the wonderful vista planned for your home.

Continuing with chairs from the Wills Bisgrove Dining Chair Collection, today we review the Odeon, the Sebastian, the Stockton and the Venice. All beautifully upholstered and stylish dining chairs. (The Stockton is perhaps more of a barstool or tub stool)

The Odeon

A low back sleek contemporary design with elegantly tapered legs, this delightful chair will suit any modern home or setting. Medical rooms, waiting rooms and board rooms are also Commercial possibilities. It is a very adaptable chair. With a generous seat size, hand sprung coil seating, sumptuous cushioning and a solid timber frame, this is a supremely comfortable chair.

The Sebastian

Definitely a dining classic with scroll back, detailed provincial style legs and a generous height. Comfort is assured with padded back and coil spring seating with plush cushioning.

The Venice

A unique curved back dining chair. Sleek, elegant lines curving down to low tapered arms, this chair is eye catching yet comforting. It can be used as a dining chair or an occasional chair. Polished tapered timber legs feature brass castors and its overall finish is completed with a precise piped border.

 The Stockton

This chair can be used as a barstool or kitchen stool. With its arched back tub style, timber detailing and firm foam seat, it’s the barstool that won’t see you moving too far – it’s so comfortable. Strong durable frame – its built to last a lifetime.

Please browse our full range of contemporary and traditional Dining Chairs here and remember your Designer can always make modifications to suit your needs.

Call now on 03 9815 0111 to schedule a visit to our showrooms at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell, or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com for a prompt reply.

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Start the Creative Process. Engage an Interior Designer Now and Prepare for Spring and Summer with a new vision.

Adelaide sofa 3 seater in Elliott Clarke Ramayana velvet

After several years spent mostly at home it now seems like the right time to refresh and renew your living rooms and furnishings. It’s time to brighten up our interiors with new fabrics, new colours and new designs. Starting now means that when Winter ends, this Spring our alterations and renovations will be complete and we will be seated in our comfortable and luxurious new furniture from Wills Bisgrove of course! 

Take the plunge and engage a talented interior Designer to create for you a new vista – a spacious interior design that provides connectivity and flow with superb features and design elements. After the lockdowns these last few years many people realised their homes had become cluttered and offer limited space. With families that have grown – perhaps now they’ve left home – the furniture has taken a beating over the years. It’s the perfect solution, the right combination – a talented Interior Designer together with the Wills Bisgrove Collection

For many years now,  Wills Bisgrove Furniture have had the pleasure of working with some of Australia’s best Interior Designers. Developing new bespoke pieces, creating exquisite, upholstered furniture that is unique yet addresses their client’s tastes and preferences. The Wills Bisgrove Collection provides the perfect palette for Interior Designers and Decorators with a brilliant range of Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Ottomans, Bedheads and Occasional Pieces – classic or contemporary

For clients determining and selecting their preferred Interior Designer, their choice may come through a personal reference. Or it may simply be admiration of the work done by a particular Designer. Ultimately it’s a very important consideration – you are selecting a professional to renovate or redecorate your home.

Lisa Frederick, a US contributor to Houzz provided some insights in her article and we hope it can assist you in choosing a Designer who is right for you.

Interior Designers do much more than make a home pretty — they turn it into a harmonious haven that’s uniquely yours.

When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colours, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that’s just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. These pros go beyond cosmetic concerns to ensure that a space feels harmonious through and through, from its floor plan and architectural envelope to the last nailhead, tassel and tuft.

What an interior designer does: A designer envisions, plans and outfits spaces in a way that makes them both beautiful and functional. He or she balances aesthetic considerations with structural planning to reflect the clients’ lifestyle, set the desired mood, complement the home’s architectural features, and ensure that less glamorous details (like electrical outlets and air vents) fit into the scheme. An interior designer also cultivates relationships with trusted artisans, vendors and others who execute the design.

When to hire one: You may have a clear vision for your home, but an interior designer can help you bring it to life while making sure it satisfies nitty-gritty considerations such as space planning. A trained eye and a creative mind-set allow for devising solutions that you might never have imagined, and attention to the tiniest details will transform your space into a haven that looks polished and complete.

What it will cost: Interior designers have various fee structures. They might charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of total project costs. You may also be asked to pay a retainer before work begins.

If you’re on a set budget, don’t assume that hiring a designer is beyond reach. Many will be happy to arrange a few hours of consulting or will help you source furnishings and decorative accents.

Where to find one: The directory of interior designers on houzz.com.au is a good starting place, where you can find designers in your area and beyond and view their portfolios.

If you spot a room you love when browsing Houzz photos and ideabooks, take note of the designer’s name. (You’ll see a link to professionals’ profiles in the lower-right corner of their photos.) Some designers will work with clients who are based in other cities, though travel time and expenses can add up.

Friends with fabulous houses are another likely source. You can also visit show houses and home tours to see which spaces strike your fancy.

Be sure the designer is a good match for your style. No two clients are alike, and good interior designers are nimble enough to hop from urban pied-à-terre to rustic farmhouse to beachside getaway without missing a beat. However, almost all of them have a fundamental aesthetic that remains consistent throughout their work. For example, if you want pure whites and pale neutrals, don’t choose a designer whose signature is bold colour palettes. When interviewing designers, look for parallels between their previous work and the design you want.

Collect samples. Even if you have trouble articulating your desired look, pictures of rooms you love can instantly give the designer a sense of what you crave. He or she will ask you about specific points of the design that resonate with you and use those as guidelines. Fabric swatches, paint chips, furniture catalogues and your own Houzz idea books are other good sources for showing items you like. On the flip side, pull examples of colours, motifs and furniture styles that turn you off, which can be equally helpful.

Decide in advance which pieces must stay. Not willing to get rid of your Biedermeier sideboard or your majolica collection? The process will go more smoothly if you share that information with your designer during the initial site visit and consultation. That way, he or she can plan around the items that you don’t want to give up.

Involve the designer as early as possible in the building process. If you’re remodelling or building from scratch, include the designer in the planning stages with your architect and contractor. This way, the pros involved will all be on the same page and can iron out any potential discrepancies — particularly those that involve the bones of a home, such as doorways, ceiling beams or interior columns. It’s one thing to reorient a window on paper; it’s another entirely to move it after installation.

Try to have all household members present at the outset. Having everyone’s input from the get-go helps to avoid potential conflicts down the road. If a spouse or loved one objects to a certain colour or reveals that he or she just can’t part with Granny’s antique dining table, it’s easiest to work out those issues right away.

Ask the designer to clarify billing procedures. Find out at the beginning when you’ll be charged and what for. In addition to the design itself, you may be billed for travel time, site visits, shopping, phone conversations and more. This way, you’ll be able to anticipate fairly closely what and when to pay.

Keep an open mind. It’s a rare client who loves 100 percent of a designer’s suggestions right off the bat. Your designer might recommend a piece of furniture or a wallpaper pattern that you’re iffy about, but don’t say no without giving the idea some time to sink in. Chances are that when you ask your designer why he or she chose it, and when you take a little time to live with it, you’ll appreciate the reason it works.

Look toward refreshing down the road. Even the best design doesn’t stay current forever. Ask your designer if tune-up visits in the future are an option, whether they involve simply swapping out a few accessories, reupholstering furniture or choosing new paint colours.

Source: https://www.houzz.com/magazine/how-to-work-with-an-interior-designer-stsetivw-vs~3293842

For further assistance in selecting an Interior Designer or Decorator, please call us on 03 9815 0111 and ask for Mr John Sharkey, our manager. At Wills Bisgrove Furniture we work with many of Melbourne’s, indeed Australia’s, most talented Designers and we would be happy to assist you in your search.

For further information on our Wills Bisgrove Collection, please visit our website here or again call 03 9815 0111 and schedule a time for a consultation or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com for a prompt reply. Our showrooms are conveniently located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell.

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Winter is Coming. Comfort, Quality and Exquisite Design From Wills Bisgrove – Classic and Contemporary Chairs.

As the colours of Autumn start to turn it’s time to prepare for those long Winter evenings. Start with the refreshment of your home with Wills Bisgrove’s beautiful classic and contemporary furniture. A new occasional chair for the bedroom or living room. Dining chairs, sturdy, superbly crafted – hand-built, finished in fine fabrics and leathers. Or perhaps a full refurbishment of your living areas, starting with a beautifully crafted lounge suite – sofas, armchairs and ottomans – from Wills Bisgrove – luxury and clever design every time.

With the colder weather arriving it’s time to retreat indoors to the warmth and comfort of our homes and after 2021 we find ourselves more inclined to spend time at home. It feels right to simply sit back and relax, enjoy home cooking and entertaining friends. It’s the right time to refresh and renew with quality furniture from the Wills Bisgrove Collection

2021 had us spending most of our time at home. As a consequence, it was the first time in quite a while that we began to notice that our dining chairs, occasional chairs and even our full lounge suites were looking and feeling just a tad tired. So now it’s time to refresh and renew, to re-invigorate our living areas with new stylish furniture from Wills Bisgrove – in classic or contemporary designs.

Design excellence, real comfort and a touch of genuine luxury. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb palette from which to make your selection. This week we feature some of our popular occasional and dining chairs.

In any well designed, well planned living area, there is often the need to place or situate the ‘occasional’ chair. It could be a bedroom chair, or perhaps for a study or hallway. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb choice of simply beautiful, hand-crafted chairs admirably suited to purpose.

 Also on offer is a stunning selection of dining chairs to complement your selected dining table with a variety of fabrics, leathers and materials to suit all tastes and applications available.

A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a wonderful choice. It can become the focus within a room or accompany a sumptuous sofa. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture offer traditional design and real comfort. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge creates seats that are supremely comfortable and certainly built to last.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Bisgrove Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

Whether its modern contemporary style or traditional form and elegance – Wills Bisgrove Furniture is your destination. Your Designer or Decorator can browse through our extensive selection and be confident of finding the right setting, combination or piece to complete the wonderful vista planned for your home.

This week we review a selection of classic and contemporary chairs from Wills Bisgrove Furniture. 

The Adelaide Chair

This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair

This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair

This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair

This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Your Designer or Decorator can select from an extensive range of chairs on our website, an example below of the Classic Chairs Collection.

Dining Chairs

Introducing a selection from the range of dining chairs in the Wills Bisgrove Collection – we review the Odeon, the Sebastian, the Stockton and the Venice. All beautifully upholstered and stylish dining chairs.

The Odeon Chair

A low back sleek contemporary design with elegantly tapered legs, this delightful chair will suit any modern home or setting. Medical rooms, waiting rooms and board rooms are also Commercial possibilities. It is a very adaptable chair. With a generous seat size, hand sprung coil seating, sumptuous cushioning and a solid timber frame, this is a supremely comfortable chair.

The Sebastian Chair

Definitely a dining classic with scroll back, detailed provincial style legs and a generous height. Comfort is assured with padded back and coil spring seating with plush cushioning.

The Venice Chair

A unique curved back dining chair. Sleek, elegant lines curving down to low tapered arms, this chair is eye catching yet comforting. It can be used as a dining chair or an occasional chair. Polished tapered timber legs feature brass castors and its overall finish is completed with a precise piped border.

And lastly the Stockton Chair

This chair can be used as a barstool or Kitchen stool. With its arched back tub style, timber detailing and firm foam seat, it’s the barstool that won’t see you moving too far – it’s so comfortable. Strong durable frame – its built to last a lifetime. So cheers to the Stockton!

Please browse our full range of contemporary and traditional Dining chairs here and remember your Designer can always make modifications to suit your needs. 

Call now on 03 9815 0111 to schedule a visit to our showrooms at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell  or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com.

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Wills Bisgrove – It’s Simply The Best.

As Autumn Arrives, It’s The Right Time to Select A New Bedhead – From the Wills Bisgrove Collection naturally! 

With the colder months coming, thoughts turn to ensuring we have a comfortable, warm bed. Why not complete the picture with an Artisan finished handcrafted, hand-built bedhead from Wills Bisgrove? 

The Wills Bisgrove bedhead range is a firmly established favourite in our Wills Bisgrove Furniture Collection. It’s a great opportunity to extend the design and fabric selections you’ve made in your living areas with your lounge suites and occasional furniture into the bedroom. With 15 individual Bedhead designs available, from classic traditional to contemporary and modern, there is sure to be a style that suits both your current decor and taste in our Bedhead collection.

The Bedhead Collection

Create the complete bedroom look and feel with both selected bedheads – in the fabrics you or your designer chooses – as well as a full range of suitable bedroom occasional chairs, ottomans and foot stools. Look here for the full range of shapes and sizes of bedheads available. Wills Bisgrove offers the same impeccable service in providing a complete range of fabrics, buttoning, studs and piping for your selection and requirements (a small fee applies for non-standard variations).

Chairs

Match your selected Bedhead with a stunning Occasional Chair from our range of chairs. Here we feature some suggestions –

The Milford

See the full collection of contemporary chairs here

The Georgian

See the full collection of classic chairs here.

The Columbia

See the full range of classic chairs here.

You can also select a suitable bedroom chair from our range of  Dining Chairs. Here we introduce the Rochester, the Odeon and the Sebastian. Each chair offers different opportunities in design with the Rochester featuring solid sides curving in to meet a high back. The Odeon is a simple dining chair, elegantly proportioned, comfortable yet demure. The Sebastian is somewhat more ornate with curved legs at the front, full seat cushioning and a high back.

Lastly, a favourite Tub Chair – the Moyston. It’s a solid chair featuring a high back, solid rectangular arms and side panels with attractive timber framed legs.

For further information on any of our featured Wills Bisgrove Collection furniture pieces please call 03 9815 0111 to make an appointment to discuss your requirements and view our Showroom, located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell. Alternatively, email us at  willsfurniture@bigpond.com and one of our team will get back to you promptly to assist you with your enquiries. 

Please call prior to visiting our showrooms to schedule an appointment. 

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Wills Bisgrove – simply the best

Design Excellence, Absolute Quality, Complete Comfort From Classics to Contemporary – Wills Bisgrove

As we move back into our offices and workplaces this year, there is a need, a desire for change – a step up to the comfort, the quality that is Wills Bisgrove. Whether it’s professional rooms or simply your home, there’s never been a better time to refresh and renew and the right place to start is the Wills Bisgrove Collection.

Last year with time spent at home we achieved a new perspective. Our living areas became far more important. The truth is that when you are busy 24/7 commuting, picking up kids, cooking, going out to restaurants and cafes, it’s a very different world. The saying “Your home is your castle” took on a new meaning. And now it’s the right time to refresh the castle.  Again, start with the Wills Bisgrove Collection. Steeped in tradition Wills Bisgrove furniture is hand-built and hand crafted, designed to be both elegant and stylish yet last for a generation or more.

The Wills Bisgrove furniture story is over 80 years in the making. The Wills Bisgrove Furniture Studio and Workshop maintains traditional methods of upholstery and frame making, ensuring a more durable end product – sofas, armchairs, occasional chairs, ottomans and dining chairs. All Wills Bisgrove Furniture is of the highest quality, guaranteed for a lifetime of luxury and comfort.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers the very latest in fabrics, leathers and accessories.

Pictured below is a beautiful Columbia Wing Chair created for Newham Interiors. The client resides at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The fabric selected is from Mokum in a vintage velvet, colour ‘Lapis’.

Following traditional upholstery methods, Wills Bisgrove chair and sofa frames are made from Australian hardwood timbers, blocked and dowelled for strength and rigidity. Sink into the luxuriant feel of the unique cushion inserts, which are a blend of feather fibre casing covering a combination of memory foam core. Any fabric or leather of your choosing will be used to cover your selected design and style. Let’s take a quick tour of some of our more popular selections.

The Suffolk

Classic club arm designed sofa with T shaped front cushion. Traditional hand sprung seating, and Australian hardwood timber framing. For a contemporary look choose polished timber block feet or for a more classic design choose the fully lined tailored valance.

The Wesley

Scoop scroll arm with large hand studding detail, polished, tapered timber legs with bronze castors. Upholstered in leather, this style is the ideal sofa for a cigar room (whilst enjoying cognac or playing billiards).

Whitehall

Traditional diamond buttoning creates comfort in this chesterfield styled sofa. The merry widow design large, splayed out scroll arms with inset piping detail creates a classic, handsome look. This sofa can be finished with chunky timber legs and piano sized castors or tailored skirts.

The Wimmera

A perfect family room sofa with its chunky scroll arms and full roll back. Solid, highly polished hardwood timber feet complete this low maintenance sofa. Comfort is assured with the sumptuous feather fibre back cushions. It can be covered in chenille for warmth or a light linen finish for the beach house.

Any of these sofas can be customised to the sizing required, Wills Furniture are only too happy to make modifications to suit your seating requirements. All sofas in the range are available as two seaters with two legs or three seaters with three legs and are also available as armchairs.

Please call 03 9815 0111 and book an appointment now for a thorough consultation on all your upholstered furniture requirements. Or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com and one of our staff members will promptly get back to you.

Our showrooms are located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell. You are welcome to visit and inspect but please call first and make an appointment.

Select Wills Bisgrove Furniture – it’s simply the best