Chairs

The ball back chair is unique within the canon of traditional chair-making in the UK. With earliest examples of the style existing within East Anglia from the 18 Century, the chair was heavily inspired by classical and regency forms. Designers such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton were a major influence on the East Anglian chair style, with the ‘ball back’ becoming synonymous as The Suffolk Chair. However, being largely a rural county, these classical and regency forms went native. The chairs adopted a modest and robust, but nevertheless elegant style; destined for farmhouse kitchens, cottage living rooms and Georgian townhouses.

By the early 20 Century, chair making in the East Anglian vernacular had virtually died out, although more recently there has been an effort to revive the style. For the past 3 years, I have been exploring the chairs of East Anglia, producing contemporary versions of various Suffolk chairs, ensuring the tradition of chairmaking continues within Suffolk. 

My work continues to be supported by the Alde Valley Spring Festival

The Orwell carver chair

Fit for the head of the table, cosying up next to the fireside, or sitting proudly in the living room, The Orwell is a definitive Suffolk design. Comfort and a humble elegance are inherent in its form, providing generations with somewhere great to sit.

Available in a range of woods or colours, you can have this chair exactly the way you’d like it. Signature red cotton drill fabric lined seat.

These chairs also make unique gifts for special occasions, and I offer letter engraving should you want to personalise your chair even further.

Prices start at £600.

chair pictured in suffolk oak & elm

The Stour side chair

Inspired by original 18 and 19 Century ball back chairs, The Stour is a classic chair shaped for contemporary living. It disguises ergonomic comfort and practicality under warming natural woods, and is the perfect chair for around the table.

Available in a range of woods or colours, you can have this chair exactly the way you’d like it. Signature red cotton drill fabric lined seat. Although these chairs are usually ordered as a set, I’m happy to provide prices for individual pieces.

Example price: £2780 for a set of 6. 

CHAIR PICTURED IN european oak

The Colne side chair

The Essex-born sibling to the Stour, The Colne was originally produced for a client across the border in north Essex. Inspired by 19 Century Essex chairs, the Colne features turned legs and stretchers alongside the classic East Anglian styling.

Available in a range of woods or colours, you can have this chair exactly the way you’d like it. Signature red cotton drill fabric lined seat. Although these chairs are usually ordered as a set, I’m happy to provide prices for individual pieces.

Example price: £2780 for a set of 6. 

CHAIR PICTURED IN sapele with gloss finish

The Lark bar stool

Happy to live at the pub, in the kitchen or in the studio, The Lark is a unique stool with unmistakable style.

Available in a range of woods or colours, you can have this chair exactly the way you’d like it. Signature red cotton drill fabric lined seat. 

Price: from £370 

stools PICTURED IN hand painted gloss & White wash

 The Waveney stool

Inspired by the utilitarian type of seating produced in 19 Century East Anglia, The Waveney sits comfortably as a modern classic with its clean lines and unfussy design. The low stools have a variety of uses aside from seating, and can often be found in my own home holding books, clothes and cups of tea. The high stools work great in both a traditional and contemporary setting. 

Available in a range of woods, colours and finishes, you can have this chair exactly the way you’d like it. Signature red cotton drill fabric lined seat. 

Price: from £250 

Stools PICTURED IN plain & scorched ash.