The Easy Chair: The Edward Barnsley Workshop in Collaboration with Soane Britain

Furniture makingRattan WeavingWeaving



9 May 2022 - 12 May 2022, 09:30 - 18:00
13 May 2022, 09:30 - 17:00
14 May 2022, 10:00 - 17:00


Soane Britain

50-52 Pimlico Road

The Easy Chair: The Edward Barnsley Workshop in Collaboration with Soane Britain



Soane Britain exhibits a one-of-a-kind model of the Easy Chair – a marriage of rattan and timber, inspired by an Arts & Crafts drawing from the Edward Barnsley archives and created in collaboration with the Edward Barnsley Workshop for London Craft Week.

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The Edward Barnsley Workshop launches the second in a new series of Easy Chairs at London Craft Week in collaboration with Soane Britain. This one-of-a-kind model of the Easy Chair, which incorporates a rattan seat and back, is on display in Soane’s Pimlico Road showroom throughout the duration of London Craft Week and is available to purchase.

Several Easy Chair designs exist in the Edward Barnsley archives, created by Barnsley in the 1950s. One of these Arts & Crafts drawings has been selected as a starting point for the new chair created in English oak. James Ryan, head of design at the Edward Barnsley Workshop, has developed a new shape and finish by innovating and applying textural wood techniques.

The Workshop was keen to collaborate with craftspeople that would incorporate complementary natural materials for the seating and back surfaces/other elements of the chair. In researching other natural materials like rattan this led naturally to Soane, and the connection was further reinforced by both workshops being rooted in the British Arts & Crafts movement.

While real craftsmanship underpins all that Soane does, nowhere is this more evident than in the production of its rattan furniture. The Soane rattan story is one of making furniture and lighting, founded on integrity and longevity, while reviving an almost extinct British industry. Determined to secure the future of traditional crafts by investing in its workshops, Soane is proud to have established a rattan apprenticeship programme, which now numbers 15. These core values are also shared by the Edward Barnsley Workshop, with a vibrant apprenticeship scheme which has trained over 60 people to date.

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