Bespoke Furniture by Ian Cameron-Smith

My name’s Ian Cameron-Smith and I make bespoke furniture. If you like the style of my work and would be interested in commissioning a piece, please get in touch. I would be more than happy to discuss your requirements.

Commissions

With a career spanning more than 30 years, I have a wealth of experience in creating bespoke furniture and interiors. Over those years, the projects I’ve worked on have varied widely in scale, from small timber framed mirrors up to the fully operational Annandale Distillery. In between on that scale are the items such as dining tables, wardrobes, garden furniture, bookcases and so on. Pictures of a selection of some of those works can be seen via the Furniture Gallery.

Ian carving wood with the donut

Background

I was a student of Interior Design at Glasgow College of Building and Printing. Whilst there, I became very aware of the significance of planning and design in any creative process. These elements have become central to my working method. My long career has integrated design at every level, particularly in the manufacture of bespoke furniture and interiors, often involving hand crafted timbers. During this time, my passion for wood has grown alongside my flair for design. These days I am devoting more and more of my time to creating individual pieces of furniture.

Ian at the planer

Woodworking Style

My woodworking style has evolved to reflect my appreciation for timber as a totally natural and organic medium. It has characteristics that deserve to be accentuated rather that eradicated. If there are any quirks in a piece of wood such as burrs, warps or variations in colour, I often prefer to bring these features to the fore and draw attention to them.

Ian doing metalwork with grinder

Natural Edges and Geometry

The contours in many of my pieces follow the profile of the grain. I use the shapes and lines suggested by the timber to give a natural, flowing design and feel to these works. Having said that, some of my most recent works are featuring very geometrical elements. This approach serves to accentuate the strong grains of my preferred timbers, yew and elm. I’m also fond of incorporating glass and metal in my designs, giving a contemporary edge to the pieces.