So where do you go when you want one or two suitable Arts & Crafts style sofas for your interior, to complete the look? Antique dealers are always worth a try. Or commission a new one. On this page we've shown some ideas for sofas that we could make anew or adapt to your requirements.
The styling and name of the range immediately point to the source of inspiration for this range, Frank Lloyd Wright. It has all the styling of the 'Mission / Prairie' look. The range can be made in Oak or Ash. The range includes a full range of chairs and tables, in many sizes, and an armchair and Sofa. The nice full upholstery can be finished in your own fabric. Armchair; ref 21/21. Size; Ht 90 x W 70 x D 74 cm. 2 seater sofa; ref 21/22. Size; Ht 90 x W 12.7 x D 74 cm.
This sofa could be made to a special size, a 2.5 width or a 3 seater, as shown below.
Above left is a built-in window sofa for a London client. The initial design, which had more of a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to it, progressed till we ended up with the finished piece, which drew inspiration from a sofa by English Designer maker Eric Sharpe, shown right. The sofa was designed to include some storage, and they had end bookcases & cupboards under the seats. Finished off with Morris's Willow Bough fabric. The sofa was made from oak.
This stunning oak chesterfield was designed by CFA Voysey, and highlights his wonderful sense of line & proportions & beautiful use of oak. It is shown in the Voysey section. It showcases many of Voysey's best features, from light natural oak 1/4 sawn to highlight the grain, built on side tables, back slats with dovetailed joints, etc. Made to order.
This design was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright designs, and incorporates many of his design touches. This could be made as a freestanding piece, or could be built-in, as many Arts & Crafts sofas were. The bottom design shows a pair of these built in along 1 wall. Made from oak, with upholstered seat cushions in your fabric of choice. Made to order.
This design is for a solid 2 seater sofa, which forms part of the
Designwise this sofa does not distinguish itself, being a safe take on the classic chesterfield. But it is a Morris & Co. chesterfield c.1885, in walnut & the classic Willow Bough fabric. But it does have a very typical English understated elegance. It gives you another look for new sofas you could reproduce. Made to order.
While not strictly sofas in the modern sense, and you probably wouldn't want to sit on one for hours, they do show another way of addressing the need for Arts & Crafts seating. Above right is shown the classic Morris & Co. black 'Sussex' triple chair, with rush seat. Above right is a rarer version with 'Rossetti chair' back design in white. Both version are very elegant and would definately add a strong Arts & Crafts look to a room, although these were probably originally used more in hallways. Needless to say lots of labour intensive handwork makes them expensive, but they are hard to get hold of originals in these sizes, so worth considering.
This painted sofa form parts of the Wm Morris's 'Artisan' furniture group. The plain Reformed Gothic shape & details & the green painted finish link it to other furniture from the range. The sofa is not the sort of 'soft' upholstery sofa we know today, but it does sit as part of the general Arts & Crafts genre. It has a loose upholstered seat covered with Willow Bough fabric, and is shown with a couple of matching bolster cushions. Also, shown is an antiqued white version of the same. The sofa could equally be fully upholstered, including the back.