I missed Clerkenwell Design Show this year due to the beginning of shooting Christmas 2012. Really disappointing but I got to enjoy it precariously through websites and from the comfort of my inbox. And lo and behold, one of my favourite independent furniture makers popped his cheery little email-newsletter-face up to say hello. Awwwww, the wave of CDW jealousy and longing washed over me on the sighting of this latest collection from James UK. London-based James Harrison always pulls out the stops and each range is as equally good looking as the last and this one is no exception. Proudly and in a rather stately manner, this collection is called ‘Norton’ and is a range with such sophistication that you can well imagine Bond settling down for a quiet evening in front of the fire in one of these. Truly seats of aristocratic upholstery, if ever I saw. Aristocratic but with the all important contemporary twist. And the colours, I must mention the colours. Not that they need your attention pulled to them. Such pleasure is to be had in the glamourous dimpling, the use of an odd-humble furnishing fabric in amongst the leather, the Britishness of the straight back and the head-held-high-pride of the shape.
From top to bottom, left to right: Norton Wing Chair in green with black; Norton Wing Chair in black; Norton Double Armchair; Norton Side Chair in purple; Norton Double Wing Chair; sizes/colours/ fabrics/ type of wood open to specification, all available from James UK
images with thanks to James UK