Knole Sofa

Knole Sofas

A pair of classic Knoll Sofa in Italian Velvet.

We had a little debate recently on how to spell ‘Knole’ when referring to a Knole Sofa. With a little help from the Internet, we confirmed the correct spelling and decided to share some history – you can view the original Knole sofa in Knole in Kent.

The Knole sofa was made in the 17th century. Originally used not as a comfortable sofa but as a formal throne on which the monarch would have sat to receive visitors. It is housed at Knole in Kent, a house owned by the Sackville-Wests since 1605 but now in the care of the National Trust.

To identify a Knole sofa it usually has exposed wooden finials at the rear corner tops. The arms are sides and are of the same height as the back. The side arms are tied to the sofa back by means of heavy decorative braid, often with an elaborate tassel.


Knole Sofa
Knole Sofa

In addition to this I have a theory that the arms could be lowered to make a tempory bed. All said and done they always look regal.

Colico chair front

Chair in Calico Fabric

Calico is a base fabric usually found under loose cover chairs and sofas.

Here we repaired the chair and re-foamed the body before reupholstering in a fresh calico cover. The customer will now fit back on the loose covers.

Calico chair
1930s Chair in houndstooth by Linwood-wing

1930​s Chair

The strong shape and sturdy lines of this chair made me fall in love with it. Our customer chose a beautiful Linwood houndstooth fabric with a gentle stone and lichen colourway. The build quality of this era of furniture manufacturer is impeccable – again, sturdy and strong quality. The equivalent, if you could buy one new, would be over £5000. And it’s great to restore rather than make new – a delight. Matching sofa below.

1930s Chair in houndstooth by Linwood
1930s Chair in houndstooth by Linwood - matching sofa
Swivel Chair

Deep T Swivel Chair

How about a bespoke contemporary chair made just for you, just the way you like it. Made to order to your exacting requirements. The Deep T chair can be made static with a choice of legs or – like this one – it can swivel, ideal for a corner to allow the chair to slightly turn for conversations or serious watching TV and set in a wider area like a large window to allow full view or change of light.

We make these chairs to order in any fabric from our catalogue or supply your own fabric. This piece was ordered with thick bolster cushions. You can specify shapes and styles of the cushion shape and filling consistency.

The styling is contemporary so it will fit with a traditional home or a modern home.

Contact us for fabric samples and the price list. Or just to chat through your requirements. We can deliver nationwide.

Office Chair

Office Chair For Home Study

Rather clever what our customer did with this office chair for her study.

Instead of the typical plain or blue (boring) fabric, she selected this high-quality deco style fabric to create a more soothing to look at and stylish office study chair.

Office Chair

We also reupholstered a matching chest footstool.

Chest footstool

Now a matching pair of bespoke pieces for a study. Perfect.

Caravan sofa

Caravan Seating Reupholstered

Caravan chair

Caravans of old were fixed to the caravan frame and usually built as a bench for conversion to beds as needed. The modern caravan now often have free-standing soft furniture that is bespoke made to optimise the caravan space. This is a great example; The chair is just slightly smaller than the standard home chair and the design optimises all space. The sofa is slightly angled and comes apart for fitting an removal.

Reupholstered in a high quality upholstery grade fabric. It looks really clean and modern – we love it.

Dining chair denim Aquaclean -close

Dining Chairs upholstered in Denim Blue AquaClean Fabric

A set of 4 good quality light wood dining chairs that are used daily. We fitted new seat foams and upholstered in a lovely denim blue AqaClean fabric.

AquaClean looks just like a quality soft to the touch fabric with the additional benefit of easy clean – spills and marks can be simply wiped off with a cloth and water, nothing else.

Perfect for eating areas and busy living rooms.

Dining Chairs
Dining Chairs

We are really delighted with the chairs. Thank you very much. Elaine W.

Football chair - complete

Made to order bespoke chair

Our customer wanted to present the football shirts he had collected over the 30 years working with world-class footballers. Rather than frame the shirts or keep them in boxes in the loft, his idea was to upholster a chair using the gifted and signed shirts.

We provided a traditional Parker Knoll style chair, changed the legs, restored the internals and followed his exact instructions as to where each shirt should show. The chair was to tell a story of his professional life.

It will sit in Grants office at his new home in the Scottish highlands next to the picture window that looks onto a mountain. It will be a great talking point and be a reflection piece of art for the proud owner.

Grant kindly outlined the story behind the Football Shirt Chair as below:

I can’t tell you how delighted I am with the work you were able to do with the ‘football chair’ we designed. It will have a special place in our new home on the Isle of Arran when we move in the summer.
 
I have spent the last 32 years working in elite professional football & worked for The Football Association, Glasgow Rangers FC, Middlesbrough FC & Manchester City FC. I am a physiotherapist by profession & have worked for a number of years as a performance lead in professional football. I have collected many shirts from players, who are just ordinary people but special performers, who I have worked with over this time & I wanted to create a piece of ‘artwork’ that depicted my journey & the impact in a positive way they have had on me.

I now deliver leadership talks on my journey globally & I will reference the chair from what I learned on my journey & the lessons I learned from working with some great people.
It also allows me time to look at it & reflect on key decisions moving forward inspired by the people I have worked with.
 
Grant Downie OBE
Consultant in medical & performance solutions
www.grantdownie.co.uk