M74 is an independent, family-run, Scottish furniture company.
All of our pieces are designed and passionately handcrafted in-house at our studio and workshop - nestled amongst mature spruce forest less than 3 miles from our shop - at 74 the High Street, in the Historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow.
Using sustainably sourced hardwoods and leathers and applying over 50 years of combined design & high-end cabinetmaking experience, our skilled team produces considered, elegant, timeless & functional furniture, which will endure for generations.
Our aim with M74 is to offer a carefully designed and exceptionally well made collection of signature furniture pieces, which are equally at home in the contemporary or traditional home.
We want to make our pieces as accessible as possible, and to use our experience in bespoke cabinetmaking to present a high quality, competitive local alternative to the very best International designer furniture brands.
So we have tried hard to keep things simple, honest and good value. Designing and refining with real care, building-in scope for low-cost customisation on sizing, using the finest ingredients, and only making to order.
It may take us fractionally longer and cost a little more than buying online from a huge brand, but you can be assured that the results will be very special, and that the journey will be richer and more personal.
You’ll also be supporting a local business, and a local community of craftsmen and suppliers. People who really, deeply care about what they do.
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 and the Glasgow School of Art to develop, design, and finely handcraft a series of truly remarkable bespoke furniture and objects. All from our base in West Lothian, Scotland.
Though it remains an extremely challenging way to make a living, and the rewards (to be honest) are primarily creative, 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 UK shops simply did not, or could not offer.
The quality, finish and customer service which we believe is important when making an investment purchase, had 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 started our own furniture company, and 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