Founded more than half a century ago by Jim Mitchell, Artistic quickly established itself at the forefront of design and manufacture of exceptional high-quality furniture within the UK, a position that it still holds today.
In the mid-1930s Jim moved from the Scottish furniture town of Beith in Ayrshire to the Midlands. He was an accomplished designer, having trained under the critical eye of his father, a highly respected designer and maker of cabinet furniture.
Jim settled in Nottingham, where he found work easily within the furniture trade. Initially as a freelance designer, later forming his own business producing furniture to his own designs.
Artistic is still owned and manged by the Mitchell family, now in its third generation, and committed to maintaining the founding principles of excellence in design and quality production set down in those early years.
Building on its heritage, the company has constantly adapted to an ever-changing market, making the company one of the UK’s leading makers of bespoke upholstery.
In 1989, Artistic Cabinets was born, changing its name to Iain James Furniture. Its name taken from Jim’s two grandsons Iain and James, where Iain is managing and design director.