NEWS: Furniture News. Interview with Nicholas Radford
How did you enter the trade?
I was born into it. My great-grandfather started Stag in 1914, and my grandfather returned from the Great War to help out as a temporary measure, but ended up spending the rest of his life building up the business.
My father and uncle followed him into the business, as did I. I spent three years at High Wycombe College of HE studying furniture production and management, which helped me see the industry in a new light.
Who was your inspiration?
I was also really impressed with John Makepeace’s work with wood, and of course with designers John and Sylvia Reid. I spent my first years in the family business making their furniture, and it was a real privilege working on the Reids’ designs.
I have always had an interest in making things, and going to college taught me the practical skills I needed – I have a set of chairs I made at college I still use today.
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