swoon editions furniture palpitates hearts rather than pockets

Swoon Editions furniture palpitates hearts rather than pockets

Shop spotlight on Swoon Editions (they are now called just Swoon). This store sells desirable online furniture, which is lovingly handcrafted by artisan makers worldwide. Because of the prices, their offering will make you feel giddy from pleasure rather than weak at the knees. Two former newspaper colleagues spotted a gap in the market and decided to turn their whims into a reality by offering affordable limited-edition furniture. You’ll find a heady mix of sofas, armchairs, console tables, sideboards, side tables, home office desks and plenty more. You’ll enjoy browsing the plethora of styles which range from contemporary to classic, mid-century modern, industrial, country and shabby chic. I caught up with the owners to find out more about Swoon Editions.

swoon editions milly upholstered chair

Milly Armchair

Meet the Swoon Owners

This business was founded by Debbie Williamson (MD) and Brian Harrison (CEO), who worked together at The Daily Telegraph. Both Brian and Debbie wanted to find a way to own beautifully crafted furniture without having to pay over-inflated retail prices. They tell me, “there was a gap in the market, with existing business models waiting to be disrupted, and so Swoon Editions was born.”

swoon editions brian harrison and debbie williamson

Brian Harrison and Debbie Williamson

Their concept is simple but very effective; they explain, “we have a community of ‘Insiders’ (fans of the brand who sign up to receive the daily email and exclusive offers) who primarily influence what we sell. We then make Editions in a limited quantity so we can gauge their popularity. If our Insiders like it, we make more. That way, we only produce what we know people want, which means we can reduce waste and keep costs low. We collaborate with expert craftspeople from countries such as China, India, Vietnam and the UK to make the products. These makers have been vetted for the good workplace and environmental standards and practices.”

swoon editions lille armchair

Lille Armchair

To begin with, the company was called Decoholic. They decided to rebrand while on the cusp of significant growth and became Swoon Editions. They explain, “we wanted to get across a word that captured that feeling when you find that perfect piece of furniture for your home. It’s more than just liking something or thinking that it will do. It’s about falling in love with furniture, hence the word Swoon. The Edition part links to the fact that we launch limited edition pieces and not mass-produced lines of products. Our focus is on covetable designs that are only available in a select number.”

swoon editions carnaby armchair

Carnaby Chair

They explain their rationale for becoming an online retailer. “It means that we can reduce prices substantially to provide sizeable discounts on what you might pay in a high-end retailer for similar pieces. With no retail space to pay for and no holding warehouse, the Editions go direct from the workshop to your home, resulting in a lean and highly effective business model. Our focus remains online, although we are exploring pop-up shops as an option.”

swoon editions armelle armchair

Armelle Armchair

The business started in March 2012, and today nearly forty people are working in the company. They tell me, “getting to shape your business’s work is a pleasure. You always wish you could have certain things in a business, and when you’re the owners, you can implement those things you wished you had when you were an employee. Culture is critical to us, so safeguarding camaraderie and providing a ‘family-like’ feel is paramount to our ethos.”

Swoon Collection

Online you’ll find furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, hallway, study, nursery and even your garden. Rather than selling designer brands, they tell me, “at the moment, all our pieces come from artisan makers, crafted in workshops from around the world, often using traditional and time-honoured techniques.”

Debbie and Brian have selected five products for you to swoon over to give you an idea of what’s on offer. The Mimi Sofa is a roomy three-seater with bags of mid-century modern style. With angled tapered legs in solid oak and an aerodynamic body full of rounded edges, it has a space-age feel about it. Upholstered in a powder blue with button-back detailing, it certainly is a show-stopping centrepiece for your living room. This has been made by a Danish company who have a workshop based in Vietnam.

swoon editions mimi mid century modern style three seater sofa

Mimi Sofa

I love this storage chest of drawers which is called Rubicks. It’s been crafted from reclaimed elm wood and is quirky, with different-sized drawers adorned with an assortment of brass effect handles. This versatile piece could work anywhere in your home – hallway, bedroom, living room or dining room. The artisan maker is based near Shanghai in, China, producing furniture for exclusive interior brands worldwide.

swoon editions rubicks reclaimed elm chest of drawers

Rubicks Chest of Drawers

This three-piece coffee table and side table set are called Smith. The industrial style features lacquered steel frames with a distressed effect. They have a worn look, topped with solid mango wood, which adds to their charm. This set can be split up and spread around your home if required, and when not in use, you can slide them together. This particular piece has been handcrafted in India by two brothers who have been working in the family-run business for some forty years now.

swoon editions smith set of three industrial style nest of coffee tables

Smith Coffee Table Set

The Juliette Bench can be used as a chair or window seat. It’s a rework of a classic eighteenth-century Gustavian bench. The legs have been made from solid oak with stunning hand-carved delicate flower detailing for added interest. The oatmeal upholstery adds comfort and rustic charm. This piece would be ideal for the hallway, living room or bedroom. The maker is based close to Shanghai.

soon editions juliette stool seat

Juliette Bench

Cute and compact, the Aimee bedside table has understated elegance to suit both ‘his’ and ‘her’ sides of the bed. It has a hint of French style that comes through in the cabriole legs, which is then balanced out by its lime-washed effect finish, lending it country rusticity. Handmade in a workshop in Rajasthan, India, the owner has been crafting furniture for over forty years, focusing on French-style reproduction.

swoon editions aimee bedside table

Aimee Bedside Table

Buy Swoon Furniture

If you’re after an investment piece of furniture which is well made by an artisan, all you have to do is click Swoon. Make sure you sign up to become one of the ‘Insiders’, which gives you priority access to Editions and exclusive offers. They have a dedicated in-house customer care team who will look after you. To provide you with an idea about price points – side tables begin from £49, armchairs vary from around £299-399, coffee tables are around £99-199, and chests of drawers are £269-399. Shipping prices vary depending on where you’re located in the UK. They don’t currently ship overseas. Happy shopping, and I hope you find something gorgeous to swoon over!

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Swoon Editions.Thanks: Brian Harrison, Debbie Williamson and Marianne Fernandes.