Quality Bed and Mattress Makers
Orders and Queries 020 7739 3480
Showrooms: 281 Hackney Road, London E2 8NA
Parking: The Yard, Yorkton Street, London E2 8NH
Open: Mon - Fri 10 - 6 Sat 10.30 - 5 Sun 11 - 5.00
Julian and Mel were freelance carpenters taking orders at Covent Garden’s craft market at a time when affordable furniture was still being manufactured in London, and when you could still get things made for a reasonable price….
They placed an advertisement in a local paper depicting an elephant standing on a sturdy pine bed with a banner offering
‘JUMBO’ 5 ft Pine Beds - £59 !
Julian Litvinoff and Mel Fawcett started making beds in 1979
Bed and breakfast? (1982)
Within a short time they acquired and restored a derelict listed building in Grays Inn Road and this became their showroom.
It was too large at the time because they only made one bed - the still popular and practical ‘Custom’.
To help pay the rent, Julian opened a Veggie café at the rear of the shop. It quickly became very popular and customers would frequently have to sit on the beds to eat at lunchtimes.
Due to this unexpected success a new showroom was opened in Camden Lock.
The café continued to flourish for twelve years before reverting back to a bed shop for a further six. Camden Council, the landlords, have since allowed the building to fall into disrepair again.
Camden Lock (1986)
Mel Fawcett moved on to devote more time to travel and writing, and Julian continued to run the business from the new showroom directly opposite Camden Lock.
Sales increased and we introduced an unrivalled, not time limited 'Structural Guarantee’ on bed frames. (Seldom needed, but always honoured)
We then started making our own mattresses. because the local manufacturers were rapidly disappearing. We were able to offer even better value and service, whilst maintaining stringent quality control.
The new ‘Victorian’ shop front (right), designed and built by Julian, burned down in the Camden Lock fire some years later.
Our current and largest showroom is just a stone’s throw from our Shoreditch workshops.
We display about twenty beds and nine different mattresses, and provide our customers with ample and safe car parking*.
As one of the last remaining manufacturers in the area, we still follow a 200 year old tradition, supplying locally produced furniture direct from the workbench to the customer.
We also offer an eclectic range of furniture, handicrafts and accessories.
* If travelling by overground, Hoxton Station is just a few minutes away.
Maintaining the tradition in London’s furniture making district
Until the mid 1980’s Shoreditch was the centre of a flourishing furniture making industry. For over two centuries hundreds of small workshops and factories had produced goods for many of the finest stores. Canny shoppers would flock there on Sunday mornings to snap up the bargains piled high on the pavements of Hackney Road, from the makers’ own outlets at ‘East End’ rather than ‘West End’ prices.
More about this historic furniture district can be found in the nearby Geffrye Museum.
After a period of decline, Shoreditch has re emerged as one of the most vibrant districts of London with its thriving street markets, art galleries, bars and restaurants. It attracts cutting edge enterprises, especially in I.T. and many creative fields.
We welcome this trend, but shall continue to offer a more traditional service by producing high quality handmade beds and mattresses and selling them direct to the public.
… and just like our predecessors, our products are taken to homes all over the world.
281 Hackney Road, Shoreditch (today)
Our first showroom in Grays Inn Road, Clerkenwell.