About Us

Since 1989 we have been synonymous with beautiful well considered furniture and design led accessories

Our collections draw inspiration from both British and scandinavian design our collections effortlessly blend style, innovation and superb craftsmanship whilst remaining 100% sustainable.

We work with just a handful of chosen design partners who share our vision for exquisite furniture craft. We also work with a few chosen local designers who produce capsule collections as well as bespoke textile commissions.

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.