Shown above are the carver & dining chairs produced for this dining suite. The chairs are based exactly on Voysey's classic chairs (with the heart cut-out back splats), with some minor changes. It would be so easy to just keep doing the same Voysey chairs, but it makes it more interesting as a designer to do variations on the originals.
The back panel here was lengthened to give it more of the flavour of Voysey's Essex & Co. chairs. The sizes, proportions, square look are all taken from the Voysey chairs. The cut out design in the backs matches that of the table, both of which echo the strap hinges on the two cabinets. The top back and lower front rails are curved to match the rest of the suite. Where the carver chair front legs tenons pass thru the arms rests there are small walnut wedges, to echo the table same detail. The drop-in seats were hand rushed for the authentic Arts & Crafts look, but leather or other upholstery materials would be equally suitable. Finished with a lacquer finish.
We did another couple of these oak chairs for an Edwin Lutyens House owner, Little Thakeham. Rather than leave this in a natural or lacquered finish, it was stained to match in with the collection of original Arts & Crafts furniture in the house. Made from Oak with hand rushed seats.