Chris Denman-Tanner Resume 2016
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Since graduating in Furniture & Product Design at Kingston University in 1994 and motivated by a desire to better service my ambitions as a designer, my career objective was to gain hands on experience in the roles and processes involved in providing bespoke furniture and joinery solutions. I made a conscious decision to explore the traditional cabinet makers trade alongside contemporary carpentry, joinery, construction and property renovation. I knew that as a young man I could maximise on my career path by understanding the industry from this perspective and as I matured, learn the relevant technical software for management and design to support this invaluable experience.
The proficiency with which I now design, project manage and communicate ideas and concepts, is efficient and realistic. My understanding of the full scope of process from concept to completion is sympathetic and insightful, contributing to this ease and efficiency. I have found therefore that projects have fewer risks and are delivered with certainty and confidence.
Working with and alongside Architects, Designers and Technical trades in a Project Management capacity has kept me in touch with the individuals that make the team and the insight and understanding with which I can encourage a consistent standard of execution from all involved. Architects, Designers and Clients are reassured by my understanding of design and dedication to the end product. Trades, services and craftsmen recognise my knowledge of the manufacture and installation process and appreciate my realistic and respectful approach to exploring solutions within their trades.
Throughout my career development, I have in essence been self-employed and thus self motivated, focussed in an entrepreneurial manner to the quality driven accumulation of business opportunities and leads and the efficient execution of projects. Working closely with Interior Designers, Architects and Property developers in the luxury sector, I am as familiar with creating a designers mood board as I am with an evolving construction site, the workshops and factories that manufacture the work and the coordination of the team of delivery specialists and installers of these completed furniture pieces. I have developed trusted relationships with fabricators and design teams who recognise my conscientious work flow and trust my recommendations and direction.
Chris Denman-Tanner 07957 136 093
firstname.lastname@example.org 20 Church Rd
Reigate RH2 8HY
DOB 09 11 72
Over the past 20 years I have accumulated a broad range of skills and contacts in the industry. It is important to highlight though that these skills have been developed in a purposeful manner but do not follow any traditional career path. As a result I remain an adaptable and resourceful individual. I have always, in whatever capacity or size of project, been client facing, carried out my own marketing, monitored market changes, secured new business whether a one-off commission or contract period, had a hands on approach to design and manufacture, liaised directly with trades and services and will always insist on a face to face approach to project management and delivery.
In the right business these varied skills and adaptable approach to any task have always proved to be an asset worth including in small teams.
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KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Bespoke FF&E procurement for High End Domestic and Commercial Interiors Experienced Designer Cabinet Maker New business development, marketing and procurement Design Journalism and Blog updates Native English speaking with A-Level English qualification Design Consultation and Evaluation Budget Co-ordination and Management Quality and Consistency Control Team and Multiple Project Management Client and Group Facing Presentations Concept Research and Development Furniture and Product Design and Development Management of Bespoke Furniture and Prototype Fabrication Accurate Site Surveying and Drawing Constructional Drawing and Detailing Hand Sketch and Ideas Communication CAD proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, TurboCAD CSCS Qualified. Reg No: 04544294 Guild of Master Craftsmen membership 2010-2017 On-site co-ordination of trades and service providers Hands-on experience in construction site and workshop environments Access to Luxury Level service providers and Artisans
LinkedIn https://uk.linkedin.com/in/chris-denman-tanner Websites http://www.bespokeffe.co.uk http://www.onnenfurniture.co.uk
DIRECTOR/OWNER BESPOKEFFE LTD http://www.bespokeffe.co.uk November 2014 - current Design, Procurement and Installation of bespoke FF&E solutions. Maximising on the varied design and manufacture experience, bespokeFFE Ltd was founded in response to recognising my accumulated links with suppliers of luxury interior designs and the efficient and knowledgable understanding of construction sites and workshop processes. bespokeFFE Ltd offers concept design development, supporting consultancy on construction design and manufacture, supply of bespoke furniture and lighting via trusted partners, storage and installation of joinery, furniture, lighting and soft furnishings.
JOINERY CONSTRUCTION DESIGN CONSULTANT N-STUDIO 8 Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, London SW11 4AX http://nstudio.com July 2016 - September 2016 Placed on behalf of Interior iD, this role capitalised on my experience as a manufacturer and concept development designer. I supported a team of four Interior Architects in the compilation of a joinery tender pack for a prestigious and experimental project in Abu Dhabi. The consequent drawing pack was thoroughly detailed and assisted the costing process of a fast track and complex set of designs for internal and external doors, wardrobes and cabinets, a nightclub and metal and glass wall panelling.
PROJECT MANAGER INTERIOR-ID, Studio 6 27a Pembridge Villas London W11 3EP http://www.interior-id.com January 2016 - October 2016 A freelance role focusing on the project management and design development of bespoke free standing furniture for a London based Luxury Interior Design team. Interior iD manufacture high end cabinetry with a focus on efficient and quality driven coordination. Assistance with the development of CPD presentations and the client facing delivery of these Continuing Professional Development sessions for Architects and Interior Designers.
PROJECT MANAGER CONSERO LONDON LTD, Belgrave House 39-43 Monument Hill Weybridge KT13 8RN http://www.conserolondon.com November 2015 - January 2016 A freelance role evaluating, surveying and advising on the re-use of salvaged joinery components from a prestigious home. Working closely with the Consero Design team to assist in appropriating the items into a resolved solution. Cataloging and advising on current condition and best practice to integrate into the new design scheme.
HEAD OF BESPOKE DESIGN AND PROCUREMENT MWA LTD, 66-68 Margaret St, London. W1W 8SR http://www.mw-a.co.uk/journal/completion-issued-on-westminster-house http://www.mw-a.co.uk/journal/completion-issued-on-chester-square http://www.saigol-ddc.com/saigol-ddc-the-palace-of-westminster-and-the-royal-academy-super-prime-design/ May 2014 - September 2016 Offering a full FF&E procurement and Interior Design role to service the continuity from Architectural scheme to Furnished Interior. Two developer projects, overseeing budgets up to 840K. Working closely with the client, the building contractor and the clients QS and management team. Value engineering was key and direct from source fabrication was implemental in achieving significant client savings without compromising quality. I developed a spreadsheet method for allocating appropriate budgets to each furnishing item in the scheme, focusing on budget first rather than design. My design capabilities and industry contacts favoured a design to budget service rather than the more traditional, price the design approach.
DESIGN PROJECT MANAGER YOO LTD, 2 Bentinck Street, London, W1U 2FA. August 2012 - May 2013 Management of bespoke FF&E procurement and installation at The Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4TB. Supporting Archer Humphryes Architects to ensure design continuity from concept through to fabrication, developing close relationships with suppliers and manufacturers and overseeing the on-site distribution and installation, providing a key liaison role between service providers and the main construction company Mace. This was often a client facing role, coordinating site development and bespoke changes to this unique building.
Chris was our point of contact on site and dealt with all matters relating from room to room variance, quality issues, specifications, delivery and installation, snagging, etc.Throughout the project I was most impressed with Chris hands on attitude and his proactive approach to solving issues as they arose. He was never one to just report a problem to us, if a problem arose he would always have a suggestio