Bedside Cabinet - The Secret Agent

How 17th Century Pirates Influenced Modern Concealment Furniture

It is a while since we have had an interview with one of our manufacturers, so when Bill from Concealment Furniture approached us about selling his products on Made to Last we were given the perfect opportunity as his products are very unique and have such an interesting use case.

We hope that you enjoy this short interview with him – please click into the blog to ask any questions you have to Bill. (more…)

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Balance through Simplicity – Living more Intentionally

Have you heard of minimalism? Is it a strange cult where people throw away everything and live in cold and soulless spaces?

Over the past few years we have been hearing more about minimalism and decluttering and after spending some time reading a few blogs realised that they were to a large extent talking about the same things that relate to our philosophy at Made to Last.

Specifically – The idea that we should focus on what is important to us in life and stop buying unnecessary things. Additionally, when we do make a purchase we should properly research it and buy something that will stand the test of time, that will get a lot of use and that will bring us joy.

Today we are interviewing Antonia Colins who runs the Balance through Simplicity blog about her experiences with minimalism. We hope you enjoy the read as there is some great advice for all of us here. (more…)

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How Sustainable Shopping Can Benefit You Financially

Quality products outlast cheaper ones to the extent that they are better value for money. I know this as I have learned the hard way, through a catalogue of experiences of opting for the cheaper and inferior product I now know that I have paid for it financially.

Yet most of us continue to opt for the cheaper product/service. As a society we do not understand value for money, and this is because it is hidden from us.

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Modern pendant lights made using pre-industrial techniques

Robert Wheeldon set up Aditstudios in 2013 and makes ceramic pendant lighting in a range of styles and finishes using traditional hand working techniques.

Following a career in photography and the film industry (in lighting), using the skills his father and grandfather gave him, it became obvious that he must take all that he had learned and make permanent physical objects.

This post will cover some questions that we had for Robert and will introduce you to perhaps the most interesting pendant lights you will ever come across. (more…)

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M Dex Design

M Dex Design – Sheffield’s contemporary interior product designer

M Dex Design was started in 2012 by Miles Dexter who designs and makes contemporary furniture and products.

Some of his pieces are unique one-offs, others are produced in small batches. Interested in materials, processes, techniques, and the world around us, natural or man-made, his work could be described as urban yet organic.

This is a short interview to find out more about our new supplier and what makes him tick. click on any of the images for more information or to buy. (more…)

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MADE TO LAST guarantee

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten

The title of this blog post is a quote by Benjamin Franklin that is emblematic of why we built MADE TO LAST.

We believe that there are reasons behind all prices and that current consumer culture with the focus on buy cheap, use, discard and replace in a constantly accelerating cycle has to end.

If we are to achieve simple value for money, but more importantly basic human rights for all and a planet that is sustainable then we need to look at the products we purchase in a multi-faceted way rather than simply focusing on price.

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