Before we started creating our own sofas and armchairs, John (one of our founders) went on an upholstery course so that he could begin to learn, first-hand, what good craftsmanship really looks like. He bought an antique, drop-arm sofa that was, in his words, "absolutely knackered", but he loved its bone structure and its innate sense of style. On a Tuesday and Thursday evening he would attend an upholstery course in Biddestone, where he was taught how to restore and renew his veteran sofa, from the springs to the roping to the fillings. It was a course that proved to be invaluable.
The reason behind John's upholstery classes was because the first sofa he ever bought for his family's home was good, but not great. It looked nice. It was quite comfy. He wanted to understand the steps that lead to special. The difference between that first shop-bought sofa and his old-becomes-new hand-made sofa was enormous. John came to realise and appreciate the skill behind a properly-made piece of upholstery, and what truly makes a sofa tick.
It all comes back to the adage 'it's what's on the inside that counts'. Style matters, but it's the internal construction that makes an upholstered item sing. We found that the 'sofa situation' was much the same as the one with kitchens – people were being shown a perfectly pretty picture on the outside, but the inside was a different story. We wanted to change that. We wanted to write an alternative ending.