The beginnings of our family business
The Dormy House is a British manufacturing company launched in 1983 by John and Eileen Valenzia. Their son Christopher joined the company after completing a furniture design course, with son Mark and daughter Anna joining soon after. It’s still a family business today run now by Mark and Anna.
John Valenzia began by making furniture in his garage, which was then sold to local customers. The instant table – a side table with a fabric skirt – was an idea brought back from France, where this design was popular. Advertised in interior and home design magazines, the instant table became a huge hit in the UK, too.
New products were added to the selection, all based around furniture designed for fabric covering: the kidney dressing table, headboards with loose covers, television tables and fabric-covered screens. John and Eileen’s ethos was simple: to provide a range of furniture that people wanted.
The Dormy House now
Today, the furniture collection includes contemporary and traditional designs, and there is something for every room: living rooms, dining rooms, hallways, kitchens, bedrooms, home offices and bathrooms, as well as furniture for kids. We offer a unique bespoke element that companies who import all their furniture can’t. There’s a choice of fabrics, paint colours, handles and knobs, and we will alter the sizes of standard products where we can.
We’re proud to remain a UK manufacturing company, producing good quality, stylish and affordable furniture. We manufacture 80% of our products ourselves, with the remaining 20% made in the UK, or bought through UK distributors. It’s only when there is no British manufacturer that we buy a little further afield, such as the frames for our Louis-style chair], which come from Italy, or our Tuvan chairs from Sweden. Even then, the bespoke elements of each piece are all completed in the UK.
Furniture for your home is an important buy, and we feel proud when customers come to us. Our expert team help with the choices and can talk over more complicated finishes. You’ll deal with someone with their own telephone number or email address so you can communicate directly with the person who’s been helping you rather than an anonymous call centre.
Our future plans
In Spring 2014, The Dormy House will be setting up shop in a new, 18,000 sq ft premises on the Walworth Business Park in Andover. Our factory and showroom will still be under the same roof, but our factory will triple in size, allowing us to offer our customers a super-efficient service. Meanwhile, our brand new spacious showroom will be custom-designed to make shopping with us a real pleasure. Best of all, we hope to welcome some new members of staff to our team, too.
It’s a big change from the garage we started in 30 years ago and we can’t wait to move in, but as you can see from the picture, there’s lots of work to do before the new premises is ready. We’ll keep you updated on its progress, but why not follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheDormyHouseUK and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dormy-House-Furniture-Soft-Furnishings/206720949338747?sk=wall to see the transformation as it happens?