British and Irish Furniture Makers Online

British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) is a digital resource that offers new approaches to the history of trades and material culture.

About British and Irish Furniture Makers Online

The British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) project is a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research and the Furniture History Society.

BIFMO encompasses research, resources, training and events to engage with the global community of academics, students, scholars, genealogists and the art trade. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop definitive resource for British and Irish furniture makers from the early 17th century to the opening decades of the 20th century.

BIFMO provides details of furniture manufacturers and suppliers: their organising structures, their clientele, the material they produced and the services they provided. This is an ambitious goal and one which requires the contribution of scholars, academics, collectors, amateurs and genealogists for years to come.

At the same time, BIFMO is of interest to scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including furniture and design history, histories of material culture and the decorative arts, local and regional history, histories of trades and craftsmanship and social and trade networks. BIFMO is also relevant to the work of curators, collectors, and practitioners and artisans working in the heritage sector and creative industries today.

New version of BIFMO launched, October 2019

BIFMO is now available in an enhanced online version: records of 50,000 furniture makers via a new design, with new content and search options.

Access the British and Irish Furniture Makers Online

BIFMO contains more than 75,000 searchable records on the lives and work of over 50,000 people active in the furniture trades between the 1600s and early 1900s.

Access the BIFMO site

Mapping BIFMO to Layers of London

We've added 2750 furniture makers, listed in BIFMO, to IHR's 'Layers of London' mapping project. Trace the distribution of 18th-century makers across the city.