We offer a wide range of chair designs to choose from including cute cocktail chairs, tub chairs and slightly grander wingback chairs. Each of these can be purchased in a selection of fabrics and colours from natural linen to bolder pinks, greys and blue velvet chairs and not to mention a few leather ones too!
Our range now includes other homeware items including side tables, cushions, throws – products that piece together beautifully with our accent chairs.
Hopefully you’ve taken a peek at our Products page and are now a little intrigued to know more about us. The company is owned by Luke Julian Silver and Michael Joseph Cronin, hence the name Julian Joseph! Also part of the team are Hannah Silver and Louise Cronin…the other halves if you haven’t guessed it already.
In 2012 Luke and Hannah moved from Texas to Shanghai to study Mandarin. At around the same time Mike and Louise left the UK for Mike’s job. Having never visited China before, we suddenly found ourselves in not only a different continent, but a vastly different culture too. It’s fair to say we all felt a tad overwhelmed and in need of companions!
Luke and Hannah enrolled at Mandarin Garden School and whether it be fate or good fortune, Louise enrolled there too. It’s fair to say that living in Shanghai is a great icebreaker and the three of them quickly became friends with Mike being introduced not long after.
After many meals, brunches and trips away together it became clear that both Luke and Mike were keen to own a business. Luke had strong experience and connections within the world of furniture and quality control and Mike had worked as a management accountant within logistics for many years. Hannah had experience in design and Louise within marketing. With our specific skillset, we thought maybe we could make it work…
Following many discussions (and daydreaming!) the four of us took the plunge and moved our lives from Shanghai to the South of China which is known for manufacturing. We shared a small apartment so we could be close to the factories with our aim being to build strong manufacturing relationships and better understand the production side of things.
After several months of making good progress (from creating the name and brand of the company to producing our first few sample accent chairs) we decided it was time to move back home and begin sales relationships (and admittedly get away from the intense humidity of South China!).
Currently Luke and Hannah are based in the US (trading there) and Mike and Louise in the UK (trading to the UK and Europe). There’s a bit of distance between us (a huge hunk of water), but we’re in constant communication about new product ideas and general business happenings…there’s also plenty of chit chat and catching up!
When we moved out to Shanghai we all thought we would have an amazing time, embrace the culture, make a few friends, do some travelling and then come home all the richer for it. Never did any of us expect to make lifelong friends who we would end up owning a business with. Hopefully this gives you an idea of who we are and how much we love our business…working with friends doesn’t ever feel like work!