Our Mission

To design beautiful finely crafted furniture.  To create quality in a mass produced world.  To produce furniture to our customers exact specifications which enhance their living and work spaces. Using both hand and machine techniques to create well designed, elegant and durable furnishings.

Our Philosophy

We are passionate about creating quality furniture.   We enjoy the process of creating unique pieces of furniture which come from our expertise of over eleven years of developing our inspirational brand of specialised furniture. We also offer a bespoke service to work with clients to tailor our furniture into unique and individual furnishings for their homes.  Either way our furniture will greatly enhance their living environment.

Our designs have an individual, nordic minimal style, uncluttered and fresh in appearance like the beautiful vistas of the islands. Our furniture draws on a strong tradition of quality craftsmanship and longevity. Carefully hand crafted like the pace of life on the islands.  A strong respect for the past, the best of what has been is developed for the modern lifestyle.

Our Name

Paparwark’s meaning was chosen to represent our heritage and its mysterious links with the Nordic and Gaelic past. Paparwark means “priest’s work”.  The vikings gave the enterprising Celtic monks the name “Papar” as they had explored the northern lands in their small coracles before the arrival of the Norsemen.  Amazing works of art and craftsmanship by these ancient peoples have been found.  Something of that spiritual desire to explore and create beautiful work is at the heart of the business.

Our Logo

The logo is of a celtic design to reflect the core values of the company.  A  successful creative business needs to blend three core values of inspired concepts, creative designs and loving craftsmanship which are all  found at the heart of Paparwark.

Our Colours

The two main colours for the business is orange and blue. The reason for choosing these colours is to reflect the blending of creative craftsmanship and quality business practice.

Our Location

The business is located in Bigton. A small village and one of Shetland’s top tourist destinations with it’s fabulous tombola connecting St Ninian’s Isle to the mainland . The Islands have a strong links to Norway, we are the most northerly island in Scotland and lie on the same latitude as Greenland, Oslo in Norway and Helsinki in Finland . A very beautiful and dramatic landscape which never stops inspiring you. Traditionally we have been in the middle of busy trade routes so we don’t think of ourselves as being far away, as we are rooted right in the middle of Scotland and several Scandinavia nations. Our islands have a very vibrant economy based on the oil industry and fishing with excellent trade links to mainland UK so shipping our products isn’t a problem.