The Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company in order to drive excellence and raise the profile of British Design and Innovation.Read More
'Low, comfy and able to rest your head'. That was part of the spec for our latest design brief.
Our clients had asked us to manufacture a modular seating system for their steading extension in the Borders. And after carefully considering their design requirements, we came up with the following.
The units can be clipped together to form a sofa or used as stand alone pieces.The seats have a feather and down cushion pad built in for extra comfort.
This month we take a look at the Chaise Lounge. We've done hundreds of different styles over the years. This one came to us with its original fabric and having had no previous restoration work, it had been aging graciously for around 130 years...Read More
Happy New Year! We started 2017 by making a piece of sample furniture for a client; a popular Be Seated tub chair called the 'Dean Chair'. We documented the process of creation which you can see below. If you are interested and would like to find out more about this chair, follow this link: Dean Chair
We are running our very first Be Seated Competition! To be in with a chance of winning this Silver Contemporary Knole Sofa with Designers Guild Arno Fabric on the frame and Designers Guild Nabucco back cushions - all you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and SHARE the competition post with is located at the top of the page.
The competition is running from 9th December 2016 to 9th January 2017. Please carefully read the terms and conditions: TERMS AND CONDITIONS and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions!
Best of luck!
We’ve recently been working on various pieces of British and Scandinavian post war furniture, such as The Earnest Race DA1 Wing chair, the Finn Juhl Bwana Chair and the Ercol Windsor Chair.
They all have a contemporary aesthetic with simple clean lines whilst maintaining comfort and excellent build quality.
For more mid-century restoration see our previously restored mid-century page.
Choosing the right fabric for your furniture can be overwhelming but getting it right can be the difference between owning a piece of furniture that looks average to one that's truly stunning.
If you're looking for inspiration, Style Library is a great place to start. It's the home of groundbreaking British design from internationally renowned brands including Harlequin, Sanderson, Zoffany and classic William Morris designs from Morris & Co.
Its user friendly platform allows you to narrow searches quickly and order samples to be sent direct to your home.
If you'd like to find out more please contact us or visit the Style Library website
Although it's an older technique, dating back to the early Victorian Period, deep buttoning remains popular today and is traditionally used on Chesterfields.
At Be Seated we produce a traditional Chesterfield.
We've now produced The Chambers sofa which has a more contemporary style coupled with the traditional deep button work, this is available to order in chair, two seater and three seater versions via our website. It can also be customized to the customers length requirements and fabric choice. Visit our fabric page which details the wide selection of fabric companies we work with.
The Knole Sofa is a timeless classic, still popular today. Its striking form has been a source of inspiration in the Be Seated workshop recently; completing both a traditional Knole commissionas well as launching our first ‘Contemporary Settle Sofa’, (influenced by the Knole Sofa) at Design Market in July.
But what makes a design Timeless? We decided to delve into the History of the Knole Sofa and find out.
It is thought that the first Knole Sofa dates back to around 350 years ago, where it can still be found today at Knole House in Sevenoaks Kent.
Although this seems like a reputable place to begin the history of the Knole sofa, the origins of its design are shrouded in folklore.
The stories range from the practical to the fantastical with regards to the Knole’s unique shape.
Some say its depth and high sides were to accommodate and ‘frame’ in a throne like fashion the ladies adorning the customary large dresses of the time. The bigger the dress, the further the adjustable sides were lowered and subsequently the more important you were.
Others believe that the Knole was created especially for the Lady of the house’s bedroom chamber. A sofa which allowed her privacy with her lover while her husband was out of town.
One side could be slightly dropped for comfort towards the keyhole to prevent any maids in waiting witnessing the mischief within; whilst the other side would be fully dropped to face the window so they could anticipate the husbands return.
Dubious? Well the more likely explanation is to provide comfort though warmth in the days before insulation and central heating.
The high sides provided a shelter from drafts cutting through the house whilst collecting heat from the fire place.
Our recent commission for a Knole sofa was made for no other reason then great style to compliment a private home in coastal Cornwall.
The fabric chosen is Linen Union, ‘Stockholm Stripe’ by Vanessa Arbuthnott. This particular Linen is woven in heavier weight yarn making it a durable option for Upholstery.
Whatever the reason behind its original design, its form is still being adapted today.
From the contemporary reinventions of the Knole reflected in Arne Jacobsens ‘Mayor Sofa’ back in 1939, to the launch of products such as the ‘Settle Bench’ for De La Espada by Studioisle recently winning international awards.
The Knole can even be recognised in concept upholstered office furniture. Products such as thisParcs Wing Sofa by PearsonLloyd has become very popular for its privacy features in modern office spaces.
Further celebrating the evolution of the Knole, Be Seated Introduces the ‘Contemporary Settle Sofa’. Upholstered in ‘Kazan’ , part of the new fabric range by Manuel Canovas, this bright Sofa will be the focal point of any space whilst harking back to its traditional origins. We hope you can join us at Design Market 19th-21st July to enjoy it for yourself!