I have a huge passion for chairs, as they are such a challenge to do well. Each design must balance practicalities like comfort with refined use of materials and joints to produce an object that is sculptural, robust and a pleasure to live with. I seek to take the best from tradition and adapt to today’s aesthetic.
Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning a chair for someone or somewhere special.
This shaped rocker is based on the North American ‘Maloof’ style, but a little less ‘extrovert’ and ‘flamboyant’ as befits our English character and room size! Rocking chairs really lend themselves to being ‘made to measure’, as you can tailor the back support, seat position and rock to the clients specific requirements and preferences. Given… Continue reading Penguin Rocker
This fully upholstered chair is derived from a traditional ‘nursing’ chair. It’s low, generous circular seat makes it an attractive perch, whilst the curved back rest allows you to really get comfortable. In keeping with the Valentine’s theme, it is upholstered in a scarlet crushed velvet to give some eye catching ‘bling’. Whilst this ‘Queen of Hearts’ version might be… Continue reading Heart Chair
Few designers of the past have managed to create such a unique and individual style that their work and influence is still instantly recognized today . Charles Rennie Mackintosh originally designed this chair for the Ingram Street Tea Rooms in his home town of Glasgow around 1900, and an original is in the Design Museum in London. My version… Continue reading Rennie Mackintosh Hall Chair
This children’s stool is a practical, attractive first seat for your young/favourite child/grandchild/godchild. The wide stance of the legs make it stable and good for clambering on and off. The rounded over edges and curves make it forgiving when bashed and bumped (to both parties). Finally the design and natural (food safe) wood finish… Continue reading The Bunny Stool
This chair is based on a fairly conventional, straight forward design. However the sweep of the back legs and curve of the front rail along with the slightly tapered seat plan and legs raise it above any ‘boxy’ factory built chair. The solid wood back ‘splat’ is a wonderful place to show off some character wood grain. Whilst… Continue reading Ash Kitchen Chair
Whilst the modern office chair is the obvious ergonomic choice to put in front of your desk at home, they seldom blend with your home decor. Meanwhile the alternative of a traditional captains chair offers some wood and leather but look like they belong in a Victorian gentleman’s club rather than a contemporary study or… Continue reading Office Captain’s Chair
Ash and Black Walnut cafe style chair. An elegant modern chair with solid wood seat and back rest constructed to showcase the beautiful grain of the quarter-sawn black walnut. The design is by Michael Fortune, an american furniture designer and craftsman well known for his innovative chairs. With this chair, he has given it a modern feel… Continue reading Fortune Cafe Chair
Contemporary pale wood twist to a traditional design By taking the classic clean lines of a Sheraton carver and building it in a pale wood I hope I have produced a perfect bedroom or dressing table chair. The inlayed pinstripes in the back splats and leg details complete its refined looks. A fully upholstered seat with coil springs and… Continue reading Sycamore Sheraton
Modern upholstered chair in ripple ash. The chance to make a David Savage chair, at his workshop in Devon guided by his senior maker Daren Millman, was one I grabbed when it came. David Savage has a considerable pedigree in extreme and quirky chair designs, but this was one of his more sedate numbers. It was… Continue reading Harry’s Chair
An Arts and Crafts style dining chair in oak. I worked with the furniture maker Chris Tribe who has a workshop in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Ilkely on this chair. I chose this design as it was one Chris had developed for a client a few years earlier. Memories fade quickly in a… Continue reading Tribe Oak Chair