Once a pre-eminent fine art frame-maker in Fulham working for all the major museums, art galleries and renowned early 20th-century artists, now John Tanous is famed for producing handcrafted, bespoke furniture in Sussex. The change of direction took place in 1994 when Carl Wenstrom took on the company and moved furniture manufacture to the forefront – a decision that has proved to be a resounding success. Clients range from top interior designers to architectural practices who, through their global reach, have led John Tanous furniture to be featured everywhere from public spaces in hotels and palaces to dining rooms in traditional members’ clubs and private residences.
The development of new products is driven by top interior designers who require exceptional solutions to complex and unusual problems
As a bespoke manufacturer, the development of new products at the company is driven by the needs of top interior designers who require exceptional solutions to complex and unusual problems. ‘When we went to John Tanous we had a number of issues that needed to be addressed,’ recalls Kate Earle of Todhunte Earle Interiors. ‘We found Carl was able to comprehend what was required and make it happen. He not only came up with some excellent design solutions but then maintained a close involvement with the project right the way through to completion.’
The company’s problem-solving approach can also lead to the development of new trends. For instance, an increase in demand for specialist and high gloss finishes has led to the introduction of self-clamping techniques so that, post-finish, the company can assemble the furniture without risk of damage to the lacquered finish. This is an exciting breakthrough and over the next 12 months the company is aiming to develop more complicated shapes and angled pieces. With their strong design expertise, using only the highest-quality materials, this is a company that can creatively adapt to meet virtually any furniture manufacturing challenge.