M74 is Scotland's newest independent handmade furniture shop.
All of our pieces are crafted from sustainably sourced hardwoods and leathers; combining contemporary Scottish design with traditional joinery & leatherworking skills.
Considered. Elegant. Timeless. Functional.
Our shared passion for exceptional handcrafted design is the driving force behind everything the team at M74 creates.
All of our furniture is entirely designed and made in-house at our workshop and studio - nestled amongst mature spruce forest less than 3 miles from the shop - in the Historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow.
Together our skilled team brings over 50 years of design and high-end cabinetmaking experience to each of our handmade-to-order signature pieces. Instantly recognisable heirlooms of tomorrow, which will endure for generations.
In 2009 my wife Marisa and I started Method Studio; a designers & makers of highly detailed and finely crafted furniture, from a tiny workshop space on the outskirts of Linlithgow, near Edinburgh.
Marisa's background is in architecture and I'm a second generation woodworker and creative problem solver - trained by my father, David, who still works closely with us today.
Like most people who start a business, we both had a good deal more passion, zeal and drive than actual understanding of what we were biting off.
Good thing too.
Our passionate aim was to bring timeless, elegant and very individual furniture and objects into the world. Contemporary pieces, with a clean, precise, almost architectural aesthetic - but crafted with the very best dramatic native hardwoods, sumptuous leather and precious metals available.
Honest materials, with individual character, which would elevate our designs.
We worked hard, and eventually (as everyone who has worked very hard at something will tell you) it began to pay off.
Our team and style grew organically, and we were humbled to be commissioned by the likes of Burberry, Bentley, Aesop, Jaguar Land Rover & the Glasgow School of Art to develop, design, and finely handcraft a series of truly remarkable bespoke objects. All from our base in West Lothian, Scotland.
It’s remains an extremely challenging way to make a living, and the rewards (to be honest) are primarily creative.
But we treasure what we do.
And we believe that this matters, and reveals itself in our work.
As we approached the tenth anniversary of the business, we began to sense something lacking on our beloved local high street, as well as in the wider UK furniture industry.
Good quality, well designed and finely crafted contemporary products - of the standard we demand from our workshop and seek out in our own purchases - were something that shops simply did not, or could not carry.
The quality, finish and customer service which we believe is important when making an investment, had simply faded away.
So we did what we always do when we can't find what we’re looking for.
We made our own.
In the late summer of 2018 we opened our first bricks and mortar shop: M74, at number 74 the High Street in the historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow - less than 3 miles from our workshop and studio.
A HOME IN THE WOODS
Towards the end of 2017, after too many years of working too many hours in windowless, rather soulless industrial spaces - and by now with a growing team of talented and hardworking craftsmen to help us realise our designs - we stumbled across the tumbled-down bones of an old wooden sawmill building (whilst being dragged around by our wild little workshop dog, Ash) nestled in mature spruce woodland in the Bathgate Hills, in the locally beloved Beecraigs Country Park.
The sawmill was difficult to access, had gaping holes in the walls, no running water and no insulation. It was also much too big.
We fell in love instantly, and begged the council to let us restore it.
Then, over a particularly brutal winter in early 2017, we enlisted the help of my dad (who also designs and builds unique one-off houses, including the one I grew up in) to manage our team of maker’s, pulled on our thermals, and spent three gruelling months comprehensively rebuilding and renovating the space.
What we ended up creating - as well as a destination workshop and design studio, hidden amongst the trees - was a bond forged through hard work and shared effort with our team. And that’s the beating heart of the business.
That’s our story.
Perhaps one day we can become part of yours.
Callum & Marisa
74 HIGH STREET, LINLITHGOW