The Edward Barnsley Workshop Furniture Showcased at Prestigious Chelsea Gallery

Posted in Products on 28 February, 2019

The Edward Barnsley Workshop is delighted to announce their handcrafted furniture is now showcasing at the prestigious Brownsword Hepworth Gallery in Chelsea. The Brownsword Hepworth Gallery are agents, dealing in Modern British & Contemporary painting, sculpture & eclectic art.

Currently taking centre stage in the gallery are the Edward Barnsley Workshop Fumed rocking chair with leather seat; Scrubbed oak library steps as well as two “Rise and Fall” side tables; one in white scrubbed finish and the other in black scorched oak.

The eye-catching rocking chair was specifically designed by The Edward Barnsley Workshop Design-Manager, James Ryan and made in the Edward Barnsley workshop in Hampshire, for Masterpiece 2018.

The chair is a limited edition, one of eight original handcrafted pieces. The natural appearance of the Hampshire oak has been subtly darkened by briefly placing the completed chair in a fuming tent, whilst the upholstered seat is covered in leather with contrasting stitching. (The unique Barnsley Workshop stamp, date, maker’s mark and edition number can be found on the inside edge of the rockers.)

James Ryan says: “Over many years I have refined the design of our wooden chairs to arrive at a back-shape which for most people offers comfortable support. The double curvature of the back bar arrangement supports the sitter. It is designed for tranquil repose. The sculpted arms of the rocker are inviting to the touch. With its graceful curves and precision joinery the chair is made for relaxation.”

The exquisite library steps, also on display at the gallery, are sculptural steps and sit on three points so they will not wobble! They are made in walnut with rippled sycamore details, designed by James Ryan and made by David Williams. James Ryan is delighted that his furniture is being displayed in such a prestigious venue: “Brownsword Hepworth is a wonderful gallery, with a knowledgeable team and set in a great location.”

Gallery manager of Brownsword Green said: “We are very pleased to be showing furniture from the Edward Barnsley Workshop in our gallery on Walton Street. The sculptural qualities of the works make these pieces not only practical furniture, but beautiful works of craftsmanship.”

With a fascinating history that dates back to the late-19th Century the Edward Barnsley Workshop, is a unique company which makes the finest bespoke furniture which to this day embodies the values of the Arts and Crafts Movement. As well as bespoke furniture commissions, the workshop makes smaller items including; chess boards, bread boards, mirrors, jewellery boxes and display cases.

The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust was established in 1980 with the aim of taking on talented apprentices and training them to become future furniture makers of the highest calibre. The sale of completed pieces made by the apprentices helps to fund their training. There are also future plans to expand the workshop to ensure the skills of making bespoke furniture can be handed down to future generations.

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