Bates and Lambourne have over thirty years’ experience of manufacturing high quality furniture to commission for domestic, institutional and public use, specialising in solid timber construction, principally using English and European hardwoods. The web-site uses a modern layout while including soft touches of colour and photography to remind users this is a site for a craftsman's company producing natural wood products. A large portfolio has some excellent photography of pieces of furniture.
This website for a traditional craftsman furniture-making company is required to convince potential buyers that the company's heritage and skill will deliver a wonderful piece of furniture that will last a lifetime. The site design is based on the company's corporate colours - we also designed adverts and stationary in the same style.
The client is a keen photographer and has many excellent colour and black & white photos of the furniture and the manufacturing process, much of which uses tools and techniques unchanged from centuries ago. We used some black & white photography for the small menu button icons and for the banners introducing each page. A comprehensive categorized photo gallery shows off the products complete with descriptive captions. In such a site, it's important to have good quality photography and display them at a decent size.
As well as the usual company and product information on the Bates & Lambourne website, we added a number of short case studies. Case studies are useful for several reasons: