There's something reassuringly familiar about the new collection of furniture from Lorfords, and it's all about its classic good looks and quality craftmanship.
Best known as the go-to firm for decorative antiques, Lorfords has launched a range of luxury handmade upholstered furniture based on iconic styles and traditional crafting, with many style echoes of the famed Victorian chair makers Howard & Sons.
Lorfords' Created Collection is handmade to order in the company's own upholstery studio, and offers a bespoke service allowing customers to tailor any piece of furniture in the range to their own specification – whether that be smaller or larger dimensions, extra cushions, or softer or firmer cushion fillings.
The sofas and armchairs in the collection are perfect for traditional settings as they are all based on familiar and iconic designs that have graced elegant living rooms over the years. The range includes a classic Chesterfield, and 'Monty', an unusual low-backed style based on an old sofa found upside down in a Herefordshire barn. The Lorfords team restored the sofa and fell in love with its classic shape so decided to reproduce the sofa as part of the new collection.
Lorfords new 'Monty' sofa design is based on a tatty old sofa found in a terrible state in a haybarn. The company's furniture restorers reupholstered it and loved its elegant lines so much they decided to replicate the style in Lorfords' new Created Collection.
'Our 'Created' collection features favourite designs from the beautiful antique pieces that have passed through our hands over the years. Pieces that are still loved but becoming increasingly scarce,' says company founder Toby Lorford. 'We make everything locally to our Cotswold roots using traditional methods and natural, luxurious materials providing exceptional quality and comfort. And because we make everything to order we are able to focus on bespoke solutions that meet our clients’ demands precisely; everything from an extra firm seat and additional cushions, to the height of the back or width of the arm. Each piece is truly individual.'
Every item of furniture in the Created Collection is built on a handmade hardwood frame, sustainably sourced from woodland in Devon. The seats feature hand-tied coil springs and horse hair padding and the cushions are handstitched, with down and feather filling for a luxurious finish.
Lorfords stocks a wide choice of upholstery fabrics in its London and Tetbury showrooms, or customers can supply their own. Prices for an armchair start from £2,200, for a sofa from £4,620
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