About Us

We're a family business, proud to have been designing and making furniture for three decades.

A Proud History

We are Blacks of Sopwell, a British luxury home & interiors lifestyle brand specialising in beautiful functional and sustainable furniture for modern living. As a family business, we’re proud to have been designing and making furniture for three decades.

Home is the glorious Hertfordshire countryside where we put down our roots some 30 years ago. We've stayed put and luckily for us so have our customers. 

Our longstanding trading history has meant that our wonderful clientele have been with us right from the very beginning sharing our vision for a different kind of furniture craft.

Since we opened the doors to our very first showroom, our philosophy has remained the same: to source and make only the finest furniture we can. 

We believe in those forever pieces that are designed with the upmost care and attention, built to last, adaptable and durable. Our passion and craft is for thoughtful simplistic furniture design. 

Our Milestones

1989 - Our founders Tony & Margaret Black stumble upon a beautiful 400-year-old rustic tithe barn in the historic market town of St Albans. A love at first moment led the couple to snap up the property right away!  After a lengthy transformation, the couple opened the doors in the December of 1989, marking the beginnings of a wonderful family business. Solid pine furniture is the offering from this passionate husband and wife duo. 

1996 – As the demand for solid pine grows, our busy on-site workshop is busier than ever. Our customer base grows as do our collections.  

2000 – The turn of the millennium saw us entering the digital age. Our very first website launches offering a much broader selection of products for our customers to buy online. 

2005  - A new year comes with a new name and new logo. The new look Blacks of Sopwell is born. Keeping it firmly in the family . The next generation of BLACKS family enter a new era. With Tony keeping his hand in every now again! (because you just can’t
keep dad away)

2006 – A very big year for us saw the introduction of our new home accessories collections. Designed
and curated to complement our furniture, our products were an instant hit and wonderful addition to the business. 

2010 - A shift in design trends saw us move away from traditional pine. Opting instead for a sleek new contemporary aesthetic.

2013- This year saw the opening of our second showroom in the pretty Hertfordshire town of Radlett - a new space allowed for the introduction of a much broader range of home accessories including a range of contemporary scandinavian designer brands including Eva solo & Sagaform. 

Our new space was also the perfect opportunity to collaborate with local artisans and provide a unique range of handmade product for our customers. 

2015 – The arrival of our very first in-house collection of Home Fragrance launches. Available to purchase in seven beautiful scents, the collection proved an instant success and remains a best-selling item across our stores weekly. 

2019 - As technology evolves, so do we! We’ve grown quickly over the years, so naturally we needed a much larger corner of the web.  An exciting new website was launched in the summer of 2019 complete with a much more contemporary feel. 

2021 – Saw our workshop moving off site to a much larger facility. A purpose built workshop and larger space now accommodates our growing number of made to measure orders.

2022 – This year will see our newly launched creative studio and workshop space launch in the Spring. Situated to the rear of our beautiful 450-year-old Tithe Barn, our original on-site workshop has been beautifully transformed into a fabulous new inviting space for all things creative.

Blacks Design Studio

Our design studio is situated within the historic market town of St Albans, just a stones throw away from the famous Sopwell House Hotel.

A beautifully restored rustic barn is home to our team who oversee the design and build of each of our made to order pieces. We welcome visitors Tuesday to Sunday to browse the showroom and speak to us about their needs. Mondays are held for appointments only.

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Sustainability

We care about our beautiful planet, so it goes without saying we are wholeheartedly committed  to using only the finest materials, sustainably sourced.