Skill and style: a history of handcrafted British furniture

Not all furniture is created equal. Great furniture should offer reliability, sturdiness, and beauty while enhancing the interior of your living or work space. British furniture has a long history of superior craftsmanship and timeless elegance that cannot be matched by competitors. When you buy British made furniture, you are continuing this tradition of excellence for future generations to enjoy, because furniture of this calibre is something that can be passed down through the years. Here are some companies—both past and present—that have greatly contributed to the history of handcrafted British furniture.

 

Ernest Gimson

Gimson’s creations are from the Cotswold School of the British Arts and Crafts movement. His style was also referred to as architectural arts and crafts due to his use of arches and other elaborate details. He designed the famous Kelmscott cottages and the home of William Morris, another leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. His furniture included a wide array of sturdy oak tables, chairs and cabinets, and his shop incorporated such artistic features as metal and wood inlays and cut outs. His work can also be seen at the famous Bedales School Memorial Library.

Ercol

Over the past 95 years, the Ercol brand has produced furniture of the highest calibre. Founder Lucian Ercolani had a vision for a company that would provide timeless furniture made by highly skilled craftsman in a pleasing environment. He knew that craftsmanship improves when the craftsman themselves are provided with the highest quality materials and the time to do the best job possible. This is something that simply cannot be matched by mass-produced imitators using thin veneers and other inferior materials.

Bridger & Buss 

Although Bridger & Buss was established in 2013, it has quickly become a household name in the world of quality British furniture. Their environmentally friendly furniture is made from locally sourced lumber or, if the latter is not available, FSC Certified European Oak. Their furniture combines elements of mission style and arts and crafts style but with sleeker, more modern lines. They are one of the younger companies carrying on the tradition of quality British craftsmanship for furniture that will last for generations.

A better British economy 

When you buy British furniture, you are helping to keep your hard-earned pounds within the UK. This leads to increased industry and a greater number of jobs, which benefits the entire country. When you invest in handcrafted British furniture, you are investing in the future of your country, and that is something you can feel good about.

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