M74 is an independent contemporary furniture, crafts & homewares shop, in Linlithgow, Scotland.
Using sustainably sourced hardwoods and leathers - and applying over 50 years of combined design & high-end cabinetmaking experience - our skilled team creates considered, elegant, timeless & functional furniture and accessories, which will endure for generations.
All of our woodwork is designed and handcrafted at our own studio and workshop - nestled amongst mature spruce forest less than 3 miles from our front door.
We also proudly stock a collection of fine British crafted goods.
In 2009 my (soon to be) wife Marisa and I founded Method Studio; a designers & makers of highly detailed and finely crafted furniture and bespoke objects, from a tiny workshop on the outskirts of Linlithgow, near Edinburgh.
Marisa's background is in architecture and design, and I'm a second generation woodworker - trained by my father, David, who still works closely with us today.
For us, creating things is about as good as it gets.
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 focus was to bring very individual work into the world; contemporary design, with a clean, precise, almost architectural aesthetic - but traditionally crafted with dramatic native hardwoods, sumptuous leather and precious metals.
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 style (and our team) grew organically, and we were humbled to be commissioned by the likes of Burberry, Bentley, Aēsop, Hermès and the Glasgow School of Art to develop, design, and finely handcraft a series of very special bespoke pieces.
Our work took us all over the world, and we met some incredible people along the way (mostly by working with them!)
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 shop, and opened the doors to 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 (& little Ash)
74 HIGH STREET, LINLITHGOW