Bespoke Design. Wills Bisgrove Quality and Comfort. Luxury You Deserve.

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 women 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 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 now and book a time to discuss your requirements with Manager John Sharkey on 03 9815 0111 or leave your details on our website contact page here.

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

Design. Luxury. Comfort.


Select Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Wills Bisgrove Quality Design and Comfort

With a combined experience of 140 years, the Wills Bisgrove team offer an unsurpassed level of experience and craftsmanship in creating its superb range of both classic and contemporary upholstered furniture. The Wills Bisgrove Furniture Studio and Workshop maintains traditional methods of Upholstery and Framemaking 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 here 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. For your viewing pleasure please view a few more examples from the Wills Bisgrove Collection:

The Suffolk

The Suffolk – a 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

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

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

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 Bisgrove 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 leave your details here and one of our staff members will get back to you ASAP (during lockdown all consultations will be conducted online by Zoom or similar).

Our showrooms are located in Toorak Road, Camberwell. Currently no visitors are permitted during Lockdown 3 conditions.

Select Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

The Wills Bisgrove Contemporary Sofa Collection Designed for Apartment Living.

With the trend continuing to downsize to apartment living it’s time to consider the Wills Bisgrove contemporary sofa collection. Space, style and comfort – it’s a new way to live. Stretch out, relax and enjoy panoramic views from your new apartment seated on your new Wills Bisgrove sofa and armchairs. 

With the shift to apartment style living in inner city areas, the desire for space and comfort is premium. Modern Apartments can be up to 60 squares standard size. With panoramic views on offer, the requirement to ensure a design with space and ease of movement in mind. The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture, creating simply beautiful lounge suites and vistas genuinely complimenting apartment living.

All Wills Bisgrove Furniture is locally manufactured here in Melbourne at our new Camberwell factory. It is constructed using time honoured and traditional processes. High grade Australian Hardwood, usually Victorian Ash is used for the framework, whilst the seating is hand tied and coil sprung for supreme comfort and support.

Here are some of the more popular sofas from our Wills Bisgrove collection:

The Avalon

The Avalon

A contemporary design with a sleek look, this sofa has a balanced combination with the symmetry of straight lines and curved detail adding to the minimalist design. A long, singular cushion complementing the back cushions in a flowing straight line finish, together with the slightly splayed padded arms and side bolster cushions make this the perfect sofa to recline and relax on.  Polished timber plinth and feet set off the clean, elegant design features.

The Baltimore

The Baltimore

This square design has a very contemporary look with symmetric lines and proportions. The polished Tasmanian Oak timber arms with baked enamel mirror finish is modernistic and the sofa is highly suited to the sleek, spare lines of contemporary apartment design.

The Cayman

The Cayman

Long, sleek designed sofa with low profile fitted back, lumbar support cushions, classic square club arms. The cushions are luxuriant with a very full and thick, high grade memory foam to ensure maximum comfort. The sleek, high profile plinth and leg assembly, together with the low profile back, gives a nod to classic 1970’s design.  The plinth and legs can be polished or painted in any finish to highlight the slimline, smooth appearance of this sofa.

Please feel free to visit the showroom in Camberwell to inspect these or any other sofas in the collection.  As visits are by appointment, please call first to arrange an inspection on 9815 0111.

Wills Bisgrove Furniture – Simply The Best.

DESIGN COMFORT LUXURY

We are proud to announce that Wills Furniture and Nouveau Bisgrove Upholstery have merged, to combine two family generations of experience and craftsmanship.  

Our new wholesale showroom & workshop opened on
Monday 17th May 2021 and is located at:


1346 Toorak Rd Camberwell 3124
Phone 03 9815 0111  

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Traditional Upholsterers of Distinction


Perfection in Craftsmanship

Please contact Wills Bisgrove to make an appointment prior to visiting the showroom on 03 9815 0111 .

Antique and Classic Furniture Restoration and Rejuvenation With Wills Furniture

Whether it’s an exquisite antique or simply a gorgeous, classic piece of furniture when it comes time to restore it to its original and pristine state there is really only one destination – Wills Furniture

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? There is simply only one answer it’s time to call Wills Furniture and ensure your wonderful lounge suite, sofa, armchair or occasional chair are restored and ready for the next 100 years. Comfortable with selected fine fabrics and leathers for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.

The Wills 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 Team are the right people to bring your treasured item back to life.

The Wills team are genuine craftsmen and women. 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 Collection offers an exciting and interesting range of traditional upholstered furniture, very suitable to provide a seamless replacement of that ‘timeless’ piece.

Such restorations are a strong suit with the Wills Furniture team. The team will replace the webbing, springs, and fabric, strengthen the framing and provide new cushioning, castors and armrests. All work is carried out using traditional methods and materials. Great care is taken to ensure your precious furniture is returned to you in pristine condition, ready for the next 50 years.

Here are some of the Sofas and Armchairs available through our Wills 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.

Louis XIV, the Sun King reigned from 1660 to 1720 and the style during his reign was one of unparalleled splendour. He believed his home (Versailles Palace), furniture and décor should reflect the glory, power and wealth of the monarchy.

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 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, we have a complete range that provides the style you require – or desire. Check out our full Wills Collection here – and for further information on our full restoration services, or on viewing our extensive range, please call 9815 0111 and book an appointment with our friendly staff – or you can leave your details here and again a staff member will contact you to assist you or make an appointment to visit our showrooms.
 
Remember – Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

 

Dining Settings – The Wills Collection Elegance, Comfort and Design.

As the days become shorter and the air a little cooler often our minds turn to dinner parties with friends. A cosy evening around the dining table, good wine and good company. Now is a good time to visit the Wills Furniture website and view our stunning range of dining chairs. Designed to complement any dining setting. 

With your living areas well appointed – Sofas, Armchairs and Occasional Chairs all carefully selected and dressed to compliment your chosen interior design theme, it’s time to turn your attention to the dining room. Your dining setting can continue with the flow utilising complimentary materials and leathers for your chosen Dining Chairs. The Wills Collection offers a range of both traditional and contemporary styles from which to choose from.

The Wills Collection features a range of superbly designed dining chairs – all supremely comfortable, stylish and of the highest quality. Hand built by our artisans and craftsmen, Wills Dining Chairs will last you a lifetime.

This week we review some of our more popular selections.

Hotham Dining Chair

Let’s start with the Hotham. One of our more popular selections, the Hotham is a standard humpback styled chair, utilitarian yet simple and attractive. With tapered legs, choose between Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak, both of which can be highly polished or painted as desired. Enjoy the superb comfort of the hand tied coil sprung seat whilst relaxing over a good vintage with friends. See details

Melba Dining Chair

A standard scroll-back style dining chair, it’s simple yet attractive. Again the choice is tapered legs in either Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak. Your Interior Designer can select to polish the legs or have them painted to specification. See details

Cambridge Dining Chair

A dining chair should be at once practical, comfortable and stylish. When it comes to practical it’s hard to go past the Cambridge, a classic dining chair style with a humpback and stretcher rails, upholstered for comfort with a hand tied, coil sprung seat. Clients can choose Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak legs, which can be polished or painted to suit the style of the accompanying dining table and interior design of the dining room. See details

Hotham Carver Chair

A variation of the Hotham, the Carver differs with highly polished timber arms and is slightly wider and higher to make the chair a feature of each end of the dining table. It’s eminently suitable to combine with the Hotham in creating a unique dining table ensemble. See details

With all dining chairs there is the option of selecting piping or studded finishes, with your choice of fabric or leather for the upholstery you desire. As previously stated, Wills Furniture has a full range of traditional and contemporary dining chairs available for your selection. View them here

In the meantime please feel free to browse through our full Collection here. Call now on 03 9815 0111 and make an appointment for a virtual consultation. Leave your details here and one of our friendly staff will respond promptly to your enquiry.

For Design, Luxury and Comfort – it’s always Wills Furniture – your first choice.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best

Winter Is Approaching. Keep Warm and Comfortable At Home With Wills Furniture – Classic and Contemporary Chairs.

With the colder weather arriving it’s time to retreat indoors to the warmth and comfort of our homes and after 2020 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 Collection. 

This week we review classic and contemporary chairs from Wills Furniture. 

2020 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 – in classic or contemporary designs.

Design excellence, real comfort and a touch of genuine luxury. The Wills Collectionoffers 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 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 Furnitureoffer 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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 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 Furniture Dining Chair Collection, today we review the Odeon, the Sebastian, the Stockton and the Venice. All beautifully upholstered and stylish dining chairs.

The Odeon Chair

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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

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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

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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

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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 6 Guest St Hawthorn, or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Style – every time. 

It’s Simply The Best.

The Finishing Touch – Occasional Chairs and Dining Chairs

When you’ve selected your new lounge suite and settled on the right interior design format that suits your lifestyle and living spaces why not continue the theme with the Wills Collection? No doubt your designer has selected from Wills Furniture the sofas, armchairs and accessories you desire – 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 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

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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

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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 Annabelle Chair

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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

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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 lumbur support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills 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 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Hotham Dining Chair

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 6 Guest St Hawthorn, or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

With Wills remember – Design, Luxury, Comfort – every time.

It’s simply the best.

Be Ready For Spring and Summer. It’s Time To Engage An Interior Designer.

With winter fast approaching it’s really time to consider engaging 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 lockdown last year many people realised their homes had become cluttered and offered limited space. And with families that have grown – even 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 Collection. 

For many years now, Wills 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 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 catalogs and your own Houzz ideabooks 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 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 Collection, please visit our website here or again call 03 9815 0111 and schedule a time for a consultation. Our showrooms are conveniently located at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn.

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Bespoke Design and Wills Furniture. The Perfect Match

When interior designers and decorators plan the look and feel of new projects whether in private homes or in commercial premises, such as professional rooms, it’s often the case that unique bespoke design is required. This enables flow and connection through living areas and in commercial applications, traffic areas to private consultation rooms. Bespoke design can lift and accentuate the inherent architecture, the overall layout and the major features of any living space.  To truly ensure a perfect rendition of all bespoke designed furniture many interior designers turn to Wills Furniture for traditional hand built, hand crafted, upholstered furniture of the highest quality. 

Both Interior Designers and Architects often design and create unique furniture for new and exciting projects. From Booth Seating to Sofas, Lounge Suites or simply just an interesting Ottoman, it’s often this item of Bespoke Furniture that sets a project apart with stunning looks, exciting fabrics or unique design.

The Wills team of Craftsmen are experienced in interpreting such designs and bringing them to life, to fruition, providing the Designer with exactly what was envisioned.

With skill and expertise our artisans breath life into each unique piece of furniture and ultimately into the overall project design and finish. 

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

Wills Furniture – Simply the Very Best.