Visitors to the De La Espada factory are often struck by the feeling of calm, as each craftsperson works intently, methodically, moving freely from one task to the next. De La Espada craftspeople take pride in their work, and apply their expertise to create the most beautiful furniture possible. They have varying expertise including: cabinetmaking, joinery, upholstery, selecting timber, 3D drawing, and both operating and programming CNC machinery. Women comprise 50% of our factory team, and work in all of these departments.
Our craftspeople take intelligent decisions at every stage of manufacture to ensure the highest quality product, both structurally and aesthetically. We use only premium grade planks, yet we apply an internal grading system as well, where our team sorts the wood further to achieve De La Espada standards for use. Characteristics including colour consistency and the size/quantity/placement of knots are taken into consideration, and determine for which part of a product the plank will be used; what we deem to be lower grade timber is used in hidden/structural areas, while the finest cuts of timber will be used for the most visible parts of a product. Working like an artist, a craftsperson chooses the sequence of planks on a tabletop or across the face of a chest of drawers to ensure it is the most visually pleasing. In addition to aesthetic decisions, our team must assess each unique plank of timber to determine the order and speed of operations that will best maintain its structural integrity. They also suggest improvements to manufacturing processes to help us optimise the way we make furniture. De La Espada has a philosophy of continuous improvement, always bettering the build quality, functionality and detailing of our products, and our craftspeople play a key role in implementing this.
Every person in our factory works both independently and as part of a team, combining expertise and responding to challenges thoughtfully and effectively. This collaboration is not only the best way to create superior products, but it also creates a feeling of community that carries through to the factory dining room, where twice daily, our craftspeople gather around communal tables to enjoy family style meals cooked on a wood-fired stove.