History

– Est. 1918 –

We’re very proud of our history and heritage. Through traditions of quality craftsmanship and contemporary design, our family business has endured almost 100 years of new trends and changes to the way we live.

How it all began

It was in 1918 that William Brayer opened his first workshop in Shoreditch, East London. A fine cabinet maker and a student of the arts & craft movement, he quickly became a respected designer and skilled maker of fine furniture in the local area.

As the Brayer reputation strengthened, William’s son Albert joined the family business and became an equally respected craftsman. His designs reflected the Art Deco of the period, shown in the adjacent pictures of some early Brayer display cabinet designs.

With the continued growth of the business, Brayer eventually moved to a larger Shoreditch premises. It was at this point that a third generation joined the family business – Albert’s son Reg.

Moving with the times

With the passing of time there was also the inevitable change in fashions, lifestyles and trends which was reflected in the decor of the home.

In response to this, Brayer began to make bedroom furniture and offered more alternatives to the traditional wood and veneer finishes of the early to mid 1900s. Sprayed lacquered finishes, in particular, became very popular offering a bewildering choice of colour – white or magnolia.

As manufacturing industries began to move out of Shoreditch in the 1980s to be replaced with trendy apartments, Brayer followed suit. The next move was to Brayer’s very first retail showroom situated in Walton-on-Thames. The family business continued to specialise in bedroom furniture but also became known for luxury kitchen design.

Brayer Today

Almost 100 years and 4 generations later, Brayer Design continues to go from strength to strength. William’s great grandson keeps the Brayer tradition for contemporary and skillful design alive, running the Surbiton-based showroom and workshop. From bedroom furniture and kitchen design, the portfolio of projects has expanded to offer audio visual furniture and designs for library and wine rooms to suit the requirements of the modern home.