'Quality within, Excellence without', this is the long held philosophy of Giles Bray, proprietor of Middleton Bray Upholstery near Cirencester Glos, which has been a well trusted and reliable business delivering the highest quality hand made upholstery for over 3 decades.
Such a philosophy could only be established through excessive hours of training and improvement of the craft to elevate it to such a level that requests for Giles's skills now come from esteemed interior design companies, Museums of artistic collections and antique dealers of international repute, though this is not to say that projects of any type and origin are ever turned away, as it is the everyday requirements for upholstery in the home environment which remain the backbone of the company's existence.
In 2009 Giles became an accredited Freeman of Worshipful Company of Upholders, a livery company dating beyond 1346, he was awarded their certificate of excellence which together with an Honours degree in furniture and product design gained from studying in London and Paris enabled him to be very well qualified to tackle multiple aspects of furnishing projects.
Since the very early days of serving his apprenticeship in the 1980s Giles was keenly aware of an exceptional company producing a noticeably superior level of upholstered furniture, they were none other than the now well known Howard & Sons of London. Their attention to detail and comfort set them apart from many other companies of their day, and it is rightly so that their pre 1940s furniture has now become widely sort after as the very best historical upholstered furniture to enjoy and invest in, no wonder then that once finances allowed, Giles began to purchase pieces made by 'Howards' which are now restored and sold through the website, and in many cases become a major focus of an interior design project.
The new bespoke range of furniture offered for sale is now steadily gaining repute for its comfort and quality, and with such unique aspects to the construction of each piece such as hand made springs, made by Giles himself to gain the perfect level of comfort. Each new client choosing to invest in a Middleton Bray armchair or sofa can rest assured that they are buying the very best upholstered furniture available, and will spend a lifetime appreciating its comfort.