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Artichoke was founded on the belief that brilliantly designed interiors and joinery can immeasurably improve a client’s experience of living in a period building.  As specialists in interior architecture and joinery design, we use wood to shape the character and function of rooms into distinctive and liveable spaces.  We can offer you the chance to learn from the best – working alongside some of the most talented designers and makers in the country. Our state-of-the-art workshop and creative design studio are in Cheddar, Somerset, within easy reach of Bath, Bristol and the M5.

 

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The opportunity

Working with us, you will be delivering truly bespoke solutions rather than churning out variations of a range. You will be creating legacy standard interiors in some of the world’s most intriguing homes.  Our clients are patrons of our craft who share our passion and are prepared to invest in quality – we only work with a handful at a time.  You will  have the chance to work as one with exceptional artisans across a myriad of specialist trades to achieve the remarkable for our clients and their houses.

 

 

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CURRENT VACANCIES

We are seeking new members to join our team – please explore the positions via the drop down menu below.  To apply, use the application form relating to that position.

Artichoke is based in Cheddar, Somerset, within easy reach of Bristol, Bath and the M5. We specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of fine fitted furniture and architectural joinery. We are leaders in our field with commissions taking us into some of England’s finest period homes as well as grand buildings of architectural significance abroad. All our projects are bespoke, tailored to fit our client’s needs and tastes, enabling them to enjoy the convenience of modern life without compromising the building’s historic elegance and value.

Role

We work for financially elite individuals who expect professional and outstanding design solutions, products, and services. We are looking for a Senior Creative Designer who can demonstrate a flair for creative solutions to design conundrums and have an acute attention to detail while being extremely thorough in the design and delivery of our projects.

The facades of our furniture can be detailed in a wide variety of materials and ‘styles’ to answer our client’s brief. Therefore, it is important that the Senior Creative Designer has a good understanding of furniture and joinery detailing from the Georgian period forward.

A significant percentage of our work is installed in period country houses. Knowledge of period architectural styles and building techniques is an advantage. Most of the housing stock we work in is ‘listed’ and therefore of local, regional, and national interest. Often our schemes are scrutinized by bodies such as English Heritage and planning and conservation officers. Therefore, it is important that the detailing of this type of work is designed regarding the interior architecture of the building. A knowledge of period mouldings and geometry from 1700 onwards would be an advantage.

At Artichoke, the design phase is comprised of two separate processes, a concept design phase and a detailed design phase. The Senior Creative Designer will be required to lead the Concept Design team and will therefore be responsible for the creative output of the company, in tandem with Bruce Hodgson as Creative Director.

Following an introduction to a prospective client from the Senior Team, ideas in the form of a conceptual design pack will be prepared. These include interior architectural plans resulting from a detailed analysis of the space, a furniture plan, a sample elevation of furniture detail, a material and finishes specification and, in the case of a kitchen, the appliance specification which we think best illustrates the space and the design brief we have been given.

Responsibilities

The Senior Creative Designer will be responsible for the Creative output of the Design Team and will report to our Head of Design.

• Establish key milestones within the project timeline with Concept Team (internal check-ins, cost meetings, client meetings).
• Awareness of studio-wide project priorities and deadlines.
• Key contributor for hours calculations for Cost Estimate for each project.
• Demonstrate commercial awareness for decision-making for design solutions.
• Responsible for all aspects of Concept Design Completion across the department, ensuring all information is complete prior to agreed deadlines.
• Follow projects post-Concept Stage to ensure Conceptual ideas are implemented through Detail Design and Production Engineering.
• Present to internal teams during key events: Cost meetings / Production Engineering kick-off.
• Maintain and improve market knowledge on materials/appliances / ironmongery suppliers.
• Participating in and presenting design solutions to clients in a professional and articulate manner.
• Liaise with Interiors Team to provide guidance on schemes (materials/finishes/suppliers).
• Judging when to upstream creative direction and decision-making to the Creative Director.
• Key contributor to Design Process, Methodology and Templates (including Library).
• Deliver strategic goals as set by the Directors.
• Motivating the team to deliver inspiring projects, being responsible for creative vision and successfully illustrating mood and atmosphere for client sign-off.
• Contribute to Concept Design Team appraisals, performance reviews, disciplinary.
Once concept ideas and budget guides are approved, clients will be commissioned, and the project will move to the detailed design phase of the project. It is the Lead Designer’s responsibility to ensure that the brief agreed at the concept stage is completely and effectively specified.

Skills required for the role

• Minimum of 7 years of relevant industry experience.
• Proficient Auto CAD 2D user.
• Proficient Microsoft Office user.
• Interior measured surveying (preferred).
• Good knowledge of architectural history, styles and detail.
• Good knowledge of timber, timber technology, wood veneers and veneering techniques, wood finishes and finishing techniques, cabinet making and joinery.
• Detailed knowledge of quality kitchen appliances and sanitary ware.
• Experience in how to specify stones from scants and blocks, knowledge of the properties of granites, marbles, sandstones, basalts, limestones, slates, etc.
• An understanding of mechanical and electrical services required to be connected to fitted furniture, kitchens, and bathrooms.
• An understanding of lighting design.

Job Type and benefits

• Full-time with hybrid working available.
• Based in Cheddar, Somerset
• Competitive salary
• Career progression opportunities
• 24 days holiday + bank holidays – holiday entitlement increases with years of service
• Auto enrolment company pension
• FOC Staff social events
• Cyclescheme – cycle-to-work scheme
• On-site parking

If this role sounds of interest, we’d love to hear from you!

Please submit your CV, along with a cover letter, via the form below.

Senior Creative Designer

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    Artichoke is based in Cheddar, Somerset, within easy reach of Bristol, Bath and the M5. We specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of fine fitted furniture and architectural joinery. We are leaders in our field with commissions taking us into some of England’s finest period homes as well as grand buildings of architectural significance abroad. All our projects are bespoke, tailored to fit our client’s needs and tastes, enabling them to enjoy the convenience of modern life without compromising the building’s historic elegance and value.

    Role

    We are looking for a Cabinet Maker to join our team, to work on some of the most intriguing and elaborate joinery commissions of our time. If you share our passion for working with wood and have the creative flair and craftsmanship that our work demands, we want to hear from you!

    Requirements

    • The minimum requirement for application is a furniture or cabinet-making qualification or six years plus experience in a similar high end commercial cabinet making company
    • Candidates must be skilled in all areas of cabinet making with excellent technical knowledge and understanding and experience in both solid and veneered work
    • You will also need to be able to demonstrate excellent hand and machine skills and to be able to make individual pieces, from start to finish, as well as working as part of a team on larger projects
    • The successful applicant will be someone who meets the requirements outlined above, shares our values and is the right fit for Artichoke and our Production Team
    • Pay is offered at competitive rates and based on experience
    • All applications need to include a CV, photographs or portfolio of recent work, references and a covering letter explaining why you think we should consider you to be one of our team

    Personal qualities

    • Attention to detail and pride in your work
    • A flexible team player
    • Professional and confident individual with good timekeeping
    • Ability to work independently and to take the initiative in solving problems

    Job Type and Benefits

    • Early finish on Fridays
    • Full-time – Working hours: 07.30 to 16.30 Monday to Thursday, 07.30 to 15.30 on Friday
    • Career progression opportunities
    • Overtime at the rate of time and a half
    • 20 days holiday + bank holidays – holiday entitlement increases with years of service
    • Auto-enrolment Company pension
    • FOC Staff social events
    • Cyclescheme – cycle-to-work scheme
    • On-site parking
    • Pay is offered at competitive rates and based on experience
    • Based in Cheddar, Somerset

    If this role sounds of interest, we’d love to hear from you!

    Please submit your CV, along with a cover letter, via the form below.

    If you’d like to have an informal conversation about your application – please email gavin@artichoke.co.uk to arrange it.

    Senior Cabinet Maker / Experienced Joiner

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      Location: Cheddar, Somerset
      Job Type: Full-time
      Salary: Competitive, based on experience

      About Us:

      Artichoke is a distinguished design, manufacturing, and installation specialist, crafting exquisite furniture and architectural joinery for England’s most prestigious period residences and throughout Europe. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we produce all our furniture in-house at our state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot workshop nestled in the heart of Cheddar, Somerset. Every piece is meticulously crafted to the highest standards, reflecting our dedication to timeless craftsmanship and unparalleled quality.
      Job Description:
      The Workshop Support role plays a critical role in ensuring the safe and efficient running of the business with the upkeep of and our Buildings, The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the Logistics team, maintaining meticulous attention to detail to ensure all our buildings and workshops are kept to the highest standard.

      Main Responsibilities:

      • Maintenance in and around all of the company’s buildings Coordinate with the Logistics and Production team to understand requirements and timelines for scheduled maintenance and individual tasks.
      • Supporting the Production team in tasks that may require more than one person, movement of bespoke furniture to different areas of the building.
      • Supporting the Production & Logistics team in the upkeep and Maintenance of the Plant and machinery in all areas.
      • Maintain a high standard of organization and cleanliness at times.
      • Safe movement of high-value bespoke items, exercising great care to prevent damage.
      • Supporting the Logistics time to maintain and clean company vehicles, ensuring they are in optimal condition for delivery and collection tasks.
      • Keeping the buildings, plant and equipment clean and organised.
      • Support the Logistics Manager in implementing health and safety protocols throughout the company.
      • Perform occasional tasks in the Design Building and assist with the movement of finished goods between the warehouse and production workshop.
      • Be able to make deliveries and collections if and when required

      Personal Qualities:

      • Ability to work independently or as part of a team with a proactive attitude.
      • Exceptional attention to detail and effective time management skills.
      • Practical mindset with a focus on efficiency and quality.
      • Possession of a full clean UK driving license with experience driving medium to large vehicles.
      • Good understanding of health and safety practices.

      Please note: This role involves physical tasks and manual lifting.

      Desirable Qualifications:

      • Forklift license.

      Job Type and Benefits:

      • Full-time position with working hours from 07:30 to 16:30 Monday to Thursday, and 07:30 to 15:30 on Fridays.
      • Early finish on Fridays.
      • Full training provided.
      • Opportunities for career progression.
      • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays; holiday entitlement increases with years of service.
      • Auto-enrolment company pension scheme.
      • Company-sponsored social events.
      • Cyclescheme participation available.
      • On-site parking facilities.

      How to Apply:

      If you possess the necessary experience in joinery and cabinet making and are interested in joining our team as Workshop Support, please submit your CV via the below form highlighting your relevant skills and experience or contact patrick@artichoke.co.uk for further details.

      We look forward to reviewing your application.

      Workshop Support

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