High quality, well-designed wardrobes with a service to match: that was the principle behind family-run business Neatsmith when it was launched by Andrew Nagel and his two sons, Philipp and Mathew 15 years ago. From a small industrial estate in London where the showroom was above the workshop, the business has grown to an 80-strong team of dedicated designers, cabinet makers and highly-skilled fitters. Now, there are five showrooms in and around London, including the flagship in Chelsea, where clients can browse the extensive collection, see the quality of craftsmanship first-hand and discuss potential projects.
While bespoke wardrobes are still the backbone of the business, over the years the Neatsmith offering has expanded to cater to the needs of its growing client base – and right now, that means a significant number (and rising) of enquiries asking for a made- to-measure home study. ‘Two important areas of development are technologies and finishes as we are dedicated to ensuring that the home offices we design are both highly functional and beautiful places to spend time in,’ says Philipp, citing wireless charging points and integrated pop-up sockets as ways of minimising wires and clutter. ‘A home office is a workplace but it needn’t be austere; elements such as the considered placement of warm LEDs within the units and use of leathers and fabrics for the doors or back panels all contribute to creating a welcoming space.’
While bespoke wardrobes are still the backbone of the business, Neatsmith has recently seen a significant increase in demand for its made- to-measure home offices