Classic lines and quality finishes from Gaff at Cockington Court

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With increasing demand for the classically designed furniture of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Justin Roach has found a way to combine his love of the era together with filling a gap in the market.

Setting up Gaff Interiors and Upholstery, based in the newly opened Cob Barn at Cockington Court Craft Centre, Justin now hopes to share his passion with others.

“I love the older designs,” said Justin. “I would have liked to have lived in that era. The furniture has clean lines and simplistic design, at the time it was very forward thinking. Increasingly people are looking back to the classic designs and looking for more bespoke pieces. Think Charles Eames and Ercol meeting Scandinavian chic and you will be along the right lines.”

Justin originally learnt his skills in London studying fashion design and manufacture and shoe design and manufacturing; and transferred his sewing and pattern making techniques to upholstery, creating armchairs, headboards and sofas.

Having spent several years upholstering furniture for superyachts and other clients, Justin has now decided to set out on his own and open Gaff. The business not only offers upholstery services, but also re-upholstery to tired pieces of furniture such as foot stools and chairs and bespoke projects such as oversized headboards and lamp shades.

“Many of my items are pieces of furniture which I 'up-cycle' and give a new lease of life to,” explained Justin. “I specialise in mid-century design and styles with a focus on living and sleeping but am very happy to take on more modern styles.”

And he also has plans for a range of handmade soft furnishings such as one-off cushions, bespoke curtains and even luxury dog kennels.

“I’ve always loved furniture and have made my own pieces,” said Justin. “Cockington is a great place to be based and fits the bill perfectly.  The support from the TDA with its business advice is very useful.”

Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by the TDA as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses in the Bay.

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director, said: Justin has only been at Cockington in his stunning new Cob Barn craft studio for a few days. He is extremely talented and a welcome addition to our fabulous range of craft makers based here at Cockington Court. Justin’s pieces are so unique and classic retro styles of furniture are extremely current, so I have no doubt that his work will attract much interest and customers will be flocking to his studio to start collecting Gaff originals”.

The TDA’s South West Innovation Centre Manager, Adrian Sheen, added: “The Cob Barn is the latest craft studio space to open and we already have several craftspeople interested in taking a studio. Gaff is a welcome addition to the range of creative businesses which have chosen to be based at Cockington Court Craft Centre.”

Justin can be contacted on 01803 324255, 07872 633999 or and Cockington Court Craft Centre can be contacted on 01803 607230, email: or at:

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