Master Craftsmen: WRW Furniture

‘It all started when someone said, “Can you make me a dining table?”’ William Worsp could indeed make that table and much more besides.

Will grew up on a farm in the Waikato but spent quality time at the family bach in Raglan which is where he chose to start his furniture and interior design business.

WRW & Co. has been in business for five years and Will has just opened a showroom in Matakana on the corner of Leigh Road and Omaha Valley Road. ‘90% of our work is custom designed but the showroom is a great place to display our ideas and show customers some hands-on furniture to inspire them.’

Will and his wife Imogen are in the process of moving home and business to Matakana in order to enjoy the lifestyle of the area. Will is also hoping that his French cabinet-maker, Faustin Duprat, will join him in the north, although dragging him away from the surf at Raglan could be tricky.

While the current trend seems to be towards exotic timbers such as ash, oak and New Zealand Oregon, Will happily uses native timbers. ‘All our timber is from sustainable sources,’ he tells me as we admire the character and hidden stories contained in some of the recycled pieces in the showroom.

Will explains that a commission for one piece of furniture often leads to further work when he meets the client and discusses how the pieces will fit into their home.

WRW & Co. works on everything from single, small pieces of furniture, through to full bar and restaurant fit-outs, and Will is happy to discuss anything in between. He has a beautiful website to inspire you, and the showroom is a great opportunity to literally get the feel of Will’s work and become inspired as you share his passion for handmade, beautiful furniture.