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    29th Mar 2018

    India Hicks on her stunning Oxfordshire family retreat

    Tuesday of this week saw the UK launch of India Hicks’ new book ‘A Slice of England’: a personal account of the fabulous properties which have shaped her own architectural leanings since childhood. A follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book, 'India Hicks: Island Style', ...read more

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    14th Mar 2018

    RIBA Henley Design Day; Saturday 17th March; a date in the diary for Creativity & Design

    The Barr Group are delighted to be joining local architects and specifiers this weekend at the 6th annual RIBA Henley Design Day. Covering the wider area of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Henley Design Day is a great opportunity to meet local experts in architecture, design and build, ...read more

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    20th Feb 2018

    Dispelling the myths – Real Wood Veneer

    Real wood veneer begins with thin layers of rich-coloured wood, glued together with the grain at right angles over a thick core. There is a common misconception that veneered furniture is inferior to, or cheaper than, solid wood; however, veneers are often used in high-end furniture due to their ...read more

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    1st Feb 2018

    Interview with James Knight; 9 years of cabinetry with BarrJoinery

    James Knight, BarrJoinery surveyor, designer and project manager started work with the Barr Group as an apprentice, 9 years ago. Last week was his 30th birthday, (whoop whoop!) and we took the opportunity to publicly embarrass him by celebrating his contribution to BarrJoinery on line. “His ...read more

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    29th Jan 2018

    Brand to watch… Faolchú

    Winners of best new exhibitor at Decorex 2017, with a stand that really caught our attention. Faolchú are a Scottish furniture company devoted to producing beautiful and timeless pieces distinguished by exceptional craftsmanship. With values reflected in our own Oxfordshire workshop, each ...read more

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    18th Jan 2018

    British designers to look out for during January's Maison & Objet Paris

    MAISON&OBJET is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends. Twice a year, more than 80,000 professionals from all over the world come to the show to order merchandise or find new sources of inspiration. The next event starts ...read more

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    6th Dec 2017

    Where it all began … no, not in a stable but at Rycotewood

    Rycotewood, originally based in Thame, has delivered furniture education since 1938. It is a renowned centre of excellence, delivering vocational training in the design and craft of furniture from entry level to BA (Hons). Last week we attended 'Thinking Through Making'; an exhibition hosted at ...read more

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    4th Dec 2017

    The wine room; somewhere to hide if the Christmas party becomes too much!

    With the party season well underway we thought this would be the perfect excuse to revisit one of our favourite projects from the last 12 months. This made to measure wine room manufactured with solid oak countertops, was an enjoyable undertaking for both the designer, workshop and fitting team. So ...read more

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    14th Nov 2017

    NYC Holiday House hits NW8... with a massive splash of designer pink

    Early November saw the launch of the first ever Holiday House London, on the NYC charity’s 10th anniversary. Holiday House NYC was founded in 2008 by interior designer and breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner, in the form of a design show house, where top interior designers and lifestyle ...read more

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    27th Oct 2017

    Success for our apprentices at Oxfordshire awards

    Our workforce is the lifeblood of the Barr Group, and we take great pride in running award winning and thriving apprenticeship schemes. Last week we were particularly proud of our apprentices - Jotham, Sasha, Will and Harry, who made it through to the finals of the Oxfordshire Construction Training ...read more

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