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What is a Chesterfield Sofa & What is the History of the Chesterfield Sofa?

This is a great question and one that has many many versions, some accurate and some, well, not so accurate. The simple fact is that a “Chesterfield sofa” is denoted quite simply by it very timeless and elegant straight arms and back.  More often than not they are buttoned but some of the most striking pieces I have ever had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with have no buttoning at all.  They are the most simple and elegant of pieces. The gravitas that a Chesterfield sofa brings to any room or environment is unquestionable and is testament to its enduring appeal. It is after all, quite possibly the most iconic and well known style of furniture the world over. One...

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Our Crafting

At Robinson we pride ourselves on our passion for crafting, the quality that goes in to our furniture and the importance of our crafting options, offered to each individual based on their needs.   Our options offer a complete insight into the process that your furniture will go through from start to finish, and a detailed explanation of the final build. This allows you to explore the intricate details of our Manner 1 option, the rich blend of traditional and modern techniques of our Manner 2, and of course, the modern approach to a historic way of crafting that is our Manner 3.   The transparency of our production is not only followed with a diverse range of options in build,...

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Whats your age?

Leather can bring a whole variety of textures, smells and moods to furniture. But like a fine wine, it’s deciding what you want from your leather. Be it the pungent smell of the polish from the workshop floor, or the characterful texture of leather that's over one hundred years old, we have something to cover all of your options. For example, the leather on our beautifully designed Goderich unbuttoned Chesterfield. This was specifically made to achieve that hand dyed matt characteristic. It's the kind of finish that I imagine sitting nicely in a more modern, contemporary living space. Maybe nestled in amongst a light pine coffee table and perhaps a Scandinavian bean bag - which we can also craft by...

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Bringing The Dead Back To Life

Traditional crafting is something we hold on to here at Robinson.  This rings through our Signature pieces and will do for years to come. This has come from a true passion and understanding of our ancestral British craftsmanship, and years of observation around pieces of furniture we admire. That’s why we not only want keep these beautiful, timeless editions alive in our new pieces, but we also bring them back from the dead! BEFORE   Leather is one of many specialities of ours and that’s why we decided to use British leather for this incredible Victorian restoration. In British leather, the bovine is reared specifically for it's skin, rather than its meat, therefore we believe it to be the finest in...

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The Artistry of Hand Dyeing

  At Robinson of England, the traditional method of Hand Dying has been at the forefront of our individuality, and an undeniable attribute to the Chesterfield’s long lasting relationship to British craftsmanship.   Hours upon hours are spent each week in our workshop, and with an abundant range of dyes, and an extensive knowledge of techniques specific to hand dying, we are able to accomplish a finish that merits the quality of what lies underneath.   Each dye has a unique relationship to the other, and by using different undercoats or applications, the furniture becomes a canvas as broad as the customers imagination. The eccentric approach to our ‘Wilmington' in Antique Gold pays tribute to the effectiveness of Hand Dying. Defined...

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