79/ Conversations With Friends - Charlotte Freemantle and Will Fisher
In the lead-up to Valentine's Day we're celebrating the brilliant husband and wife duo behind Jamb, Charlotte Freemantle and Will Fisher.
From the moment they met at New York's Balthazar, they knew they were what each other was missing, in business and in life. They proved it by creating the go-to spot for the finest antique and reproduction fireplaces, lighting and furniture, as well as building a family with children Eliza and Monty, and their cats and dogs.
We invite you to read this 'Conversation With Friends', where they give us a behind-the-scenes look at their relationship between art objects and antiques.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON UPTON
Will: Of all the countries we’ve travelled to together which has your favourite memories?
Charlotte: They are split between Rome and Corfu, Rome is our place, for us and Corfu is where we have all our family memories of eleven years and now we are lucky enough to now have a home.
PAINTING WHICH WILL BOUGHT FOR CHARLOTTE IN ROME
Will: If you could change 10 things about me what would they be?
Charlotte: Only 1 thing!! Stop buying souvenir mugs with logos on that muddies my array of studio ceramics beauties.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TARA DARBY
Will: Is there a defining moment when you realised we should spend the rest of our lives together?
Charlotte: I loved you pretty much from the moment I met you. Probably when I realised how disorganised you were that I knew you couldn’t do without me!
CHARLOTTE AND WILL'S CAMBERWELL HOME, PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIMON UPTON
Charlotte: what memory of our 16 years would you like to have again?
Will: I’m forever nostalgic of the early days and the kids being tiny but able to speak. Holidays in France and our time spent in Greece, I’ve loved it all.
THE JAMB WAREHOUSE
Charlotte: if there was just one item from our collection to summarise jamb what would it be?
Will: It would have to be the original globe, it’s iconic of our brand in every way. The excitement of creating a world-class product from exquisite lost wax casting to its handmade frame and glass still motivates me today. We were the first to launch a globe light and I think it caught the world’s imagination. I still believe it remains unrivalled today.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON UPTON
Charlotte: What are you most proud of achieving with me?
Will: I feel we are inseparable in our vision for the company. To have my wife and kindred spirit as my business partner has been an extraordinary journey and one I feel so privileged to have shared.
Favourite spot for a date in London? The Camberwell Arms pub
Last film you both loved? The Swimmers
Your song? 'Love Song' by Elton John. A close friend and musician Jeff Knightly played it for us at our wedding - stripped back just his voice that sounds like John Martyn and his guitar. It was perfect.
Favourite thing you make for each other? We hardly have time to make a cup of tea but on a Sunday a roast is wonderful