As a furniture designer and founder of the Hunt, I've had the opportunity to experience the ups and downs of starting and running a successful furniture design business. So, allow me to share some insights on how to get started in this exciting and challenging field.
- Develop a unique design philosophy and aesthetic.
One of the most important things to consider when starting a furniture design business is developing a unique design philosophy and aesthetic. This is what will set your brand apart from others in the industry and attract customers who are looking for something different. Take time to research different design styles, materials, and techniques to find what resonates with you and your vision for your business.
- Create a portfolio of your work.
Having a portfolio of your work is crucial for getting your business off the ground. Not only does it showcase your design abilities, but it also demonstrates your attention to detail and level of craftsmanship. It's important to have a variety of pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your range as a designer and your ability to design for different types of customers.
- Network, network, network.
Networking is key in any industry, but it's especially important in the furniture design business. Attend industry events, join professional organisations, and make connections with other furniture designers, manufacturers, and retailers. These connections will help you to stay informed about the latest techniques and developments in the industry, and can also lead to potential collaborations and partnerships.
- Build a team.
Starting a furniture design business is a big undertaking, and it's important to have a team in place to help you manage the various aspects of the business. This can include designers, engineers, manufacturers, and salespeople, as well as a business manager or accountant to handle the financial aspects of the business. These can also be contracted out to stay lean if that's the way you'd prefer to work and scale.
- Stay informed about the industry.
The furniture design industry is constantly evolving, so it's important to stay informed about the latest trends, materials, and techniques. This will help you to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that your designs are current and relevant. This doesn't mean you need to adapt your "style" to be on trend but it allows to you understand where you sit in the market and focus your efforts effieciently.
Starting a furniture design business is no small feat, but with hard work, dedication, and a strong design philosophy, it is definitely achievable. Remember to stay true to your vision and to never stop learning and growing as a designer. Happy designing!