Ian Desmond

ian-desmond-cabinet-maker-henley-on-thamesFollowing a full apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and an advanced distinction in his City & Guilds, Ian established his own business in the early 1980’s. Since then he has worked for a wide range of clients from private homes to well-known brand names.

Well known clients include both Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent alongside The Dorchester Hotel, the QE2 liner, Asprey’s jewellers and Coutts Bank.

Renowned for his customer service, respect for client’s homes and workspaces, Ian is a perfectionist as both designer and craftsman. His designs are sympathetic to their surroundings, while standing out as carefully crafted works in their own right.

Born and based in Henley on Thames where Ian has many satisfied customers; until recently Ian passed on his knowledge and experience as a visiting lecturer at Reading Technical College.

As well as his woodworking skills Ian Desmond is a widely respected rowing coach and former Captain and Chief Coach at Henley Rowing Club, where in 2005 he coached the men’s VIII to their first ever “Open” win at Henley Royal Regatta..