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Bespoke Furniture with G Plan Upholstery

In our consumerist world of convenience and choice, we have all become used to being able to get what we want, when we want it and to the standard we expect it. The trouble is with this kind of mass-produced line of products, when it comes to furniture, is that those of us who want to reflect a bit more personality in our living spaces all end up with the same furniture as all our neighbours. Handcrafted, bespoke G Plan items may come with a higher price tag, but the value that you receive with something like, for example, G Plan Upholstery living room furniture, goes far beyond price.

G Plan is a brand with a long history dating back to 1898, when Ebenezer Gomme made his name with fine, handcrafted furniture items. His grandson, Donald, founded the G Plan brand in 1953, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. If you choose a piece of furniture from the G Plan Upholstery range, then you are getting not only that wonderful, handcrafted furniture item, but also a 10-year frame and spring guarantee. You can be absolutely assured of their quality, as they say in their own advertising – “Relax, it’s a G Plan.”

All G Plan items are handcrafted in the UK, and make use of the highest possible quality materials in their design and construction. But why does any of this matter? Why is a handcrafted bespoke piece of furniture a better option than something mass produced?

Firstly, handcrafted furniture tells a story. In the case of G Plan, it represents an incredible history; a development of a family business that is now a household name. Each item represents the love, care and skill of its craftsman, and that is something that will truly enhance your living space.

Secondly, perhaps more practically, is that handcrafted and/or bespoke items are nearly always produced in a more ethical manner than mass-produced furniture. For instance, all G Plan furniture is made from responsibly sourced hardwood, and because it’s handcrafted, you know you are not getting a product that is the result of exploitation or controversial production means. What’s more, despite each individual piece being carefully crafted by experienced carpenters, all items are up to ISO 9001 standards, ensuring your peace of mind for both quality and safety.

Anyone who is considering a handcrafted or bespoke furniture item is doing it for an important reason – they want their furniture and living space to stand out; to tell a story and to evoke powerful emotion. They want their purchase to become a family heirloom, a lasting legacy of family memories and happy times together. Browse our G Plan Upholstery range today, and explore the options available to get you the perfect item to tell your own story.

G Plan is a brand with a long history dating back to 1898, when Ebenezer Gomme made his name with fine, handcrafted furniture items. His grandson, Donald, founded the G Plan brand in 1953, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. If you choose a piece of furniture from the G Plan Upholstery range, then you are getting not only that wonderful, handcrafted furniture item, but also a 10-year frame and spring guarantee. You can be absolutely assured of their quality, as they say in their own advertising – “Relax, it’s a G Plan.”

All G Plan items are handcrafted in the UK, and make use of the highest possible quality materials in their design and construction. But why does any of this matter? Why is a handcrafted bespoke piece of furniture a better option than something mass produced?

Firstly, handcrafted furniture tells a story. In the case of G Plan, it represents an incredible history; a development of a family business that is now a household name. Each item represents the love, care and skill of its craftsman, and that is something that will truly enhance your living space


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Caring for your Halo Furniture

Here’s how to care for your halo furniture; in our consumerist world of convenience and choice, we have all become used to being able to get what we want, when we want it and to the standard we expect it. The trouble is with this kind of mass-produced line of products, when it comes to furniture, is that those of us who want to reflect a bit more personality in our living spaces all end up with the same furniture as all our neighbours. Handcrafted, bespoke items may come with a higher price tag, but the value that you receive with something like, for example, G Plan Upholstery living room furniture, goes far beyond price.

When we’re buying furniture, we have no qualms about choosing the items we think look best and will really enhance our living spaces. However, one thing we don’t always consider is how best to care for the furniture items we choose so that their life may be prolonged, and how they keep looking their finest for longer.

Halo dining room furniture is no exception. Every item may be made with love, craftsmanship and care, but a degree of extra vigilance is needed in order to maximise their life and effect. Halo came up with a general list of tips that should help to prolong the life of all their furniture items:

  • Avoid placing any item too close to a direct source of heat, such as a radiator
  • Do not place items in direct sunlight, as it can accelerate fading in wood and leather
  • If assembling items, it is essential that you follow the instructions precisely
  • Once assembled, hot dishes or cups should not be placed directly onto any wooden surfaces such as cabinet or table tops
  • In the event of a stain, scratch, chipping or any other damage, it’s best to call a professional to try and resolve the problem
  • Avoid sharp objects on upholstered furniture as they may snag the fabric

In addition to the above guidelines, there are more things that one can do to care for their Halo furniture. Looking more carefully at leather upholstery, one important thing to remember is only to clean it when absolutely necessary. It’s okay to dust/vacuum it occasionally, or to use a soft, slightly damp cloth to wipe the surface gently. If the leather gets wet, then use a paper towel to wipe up any excess water, and then leave to dry naturally.

Wood and glass materials should also be considered carefully. Halo wooden furniture is finished with either lacquer or wax to protect the wood, while also maintaining its natural beauty. Following already mentioned (above) guidelines on keeping wood out of heat/sunlight, and ensuring that mats are used for hot/wet dishes that are placed on them will keep all unnecessary wear and tear to a minimum. Glass is often something overlooked, as people assume it can be cleaned with any kind of detergent or cloth without any risk. The truth is that glass panel surfaces should only be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth with washing up liquid, soft soap or window cleaner. Other washing powders or detergents with abrasives should be avoided. While they are effective cleaning agent, their abrasives may well scratch the glass and ruin the finish!

Put simply, you don’t have to be a master craftsman in order to make sure your Halo furniture stays in good order. Through these simple care steps, your living space will be brought to life by the beautiful items in the Halo Living range. Browse our Halo dining furniture now and make an order with us today.


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A Spotlight On Ercol Originals

In order to aim our spotlight accurately at these “Ercol Originals,” it’s probably a good idea to first understand what exactly they are. The range consists of chairs, love seats, rocking chairs, stools and tables, and represents the revitalization of some of Lucian Ercolani’s earliest and best-known designs. Together, they create – in Ercol’s own words – a “Pantheon of classic designs of the 20th Century.”

The Butterfly Chair, Studio Couch, Chairmakers Chair, Holland Park Chair – the list goes on. These iconic British classics remain highly sought after for their beautiful yet simple designs, the quality of their materials, and finally for their durability, practicality and ease of integration into the design of the home. How did such a simple but varied range emerge in the first place? The simple answer is that Ercolani adapted the country Windsor chair into a design that could be produced more easily and in greater numbers but without compromising on quality. The overall simplicity of the Windsor meant that the scope for adaptive design was massive, hence the amazing variety in the Ercol Originals range today.

Taking the range down to its more fundamental levels, the principal materials used in the Originals range are beech and elm. The former is a hard, very solid wood with a fine and versatile structure. It is wear-resistant, and many furniture craftsmen over the centuries have come to acknowledge its superior qualities when it comes to processing, finishing and gluing. The latter is also a tough and durable material, but is known more for its smooth surface, fluent, clear lines and the air of elegance that it brings to anything made from it.

Finally, when taking a careful look at the Originals range, one really can’t help but remark on just how simple and bold the designs really are. Why is this a strength? Many would argue that a simple design makes something easier to understand; easier to see the beauty and fundamental strength in something. On a more practical level, the simpler the design, the less likely the item to let you down, but also the easier it is to fix should anything go wrong for whatever reason.

Simple, durable, timeless and versatile – the Ercol Originals bring all the most desirable elements of beauty, design and practicality into your home. Take the time to browse the selection and see which items can enhance any part of your living space.

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Ercol Bedroom Furniture is Perfect for Understated Styles

Ercol bedroom furniture is founded upon an understated design ethos: pieces are crafted with the best materials and expressed in a subtle and effective way to ensure that they aren’t undermined by fashion cycles. If you want to channel a timeless style in your bedroom, look no further than Ercol as they proudly combine practicality with a great, versatile aesthetic.

All beds incorporate pre-sprung wooden slats for enhanced spring and comfort whilst the additional pieces allow you to create a coherent and calm decor. Choose from the wardrobes which boast plenty of stylish storage or coordinating bedside tables or even a blanket box which need not necessarily be confined to the bedroom.

Ercol Pinto Bedroom

The Ercol Pinto bedroom furniture channels classic and minimalist designs, showcasing traditional pieces befitting all bedroom styles.

The Pinto furniture range is crafted using elm, with a soft painted finish to celebrate the wood grain, and contrasting oak which is finished with a clear lacquer. The dual colour of the pieces provides a modern take on classic designs.

Ercol Teramo Bedroom

Reminiscent of the Ercol heritage, particularly that of the Windsor chair, the Ercol Teramo bedroom range is a contemporary take on traditional designs. With the thin spindle headboard, dovetail joints and oval handles, the classic pieces would complement any bedroom style.

The collection is crafted from pale oak and finished with a clear matt lacquer, embracing the natural texture of the wood whilst offering you a unique piece every time you choose Ercol Teramo.

Ercol Pimlico Bedroom

The Ercol Pimlico bedroom collection draws inspiration from mid-century modern styles, resulting in a functional yet stylish range of furniture.

Hand-crafted in oak timber, the pieces incorporate tenon joints, round-fingered joints and mitre cutting details producing simple and clean lines perfect for modern living. As with most Ercol bedroom furniture, it is finished with a clear matt lacquer to expose the unique grain and texture.

Ercol Bosco Bedroom

The Ercol Bosco Bedroom range is both stylish and distinctive due to the incorporation of exposed finger joints, smooth curved edges, easy-to-pull handles and slatted headboards.

Finished in a clear matt lacquer, the beauty of the solid oak and oak veneers is embraced throughout the Ercol Bosco bedroom range.

Ercol Savona Bedroom

The Ercol Savona Bedroom range is Ercol’s extension of the Ercol story into the bedroom: the harmony and balance of style, function and comfort. The inspiration was to create a collection befitting today’s modern living.

The Ercol Savona furniture is the result of a collaboration between Ercol and James Ryan, a young British designer. The pieces are simple, incorporating clean lines and symmetrical curves whilst still celebrating the traditional craftsmanship Ercol is renowned for.

Ercol Bronte

The Ercol Bronte bedroom collection establishes Ercol’s design credentials; this bedroom suite embraces classic features such as dovetail joints and deep drawers making it ideal for the modern, casual bedroom.

The collection is completed with a tinted matt lacquer to both increase durability and allow the distinctive finishing of the soft toned ash wood to shine through.

Explore the Ercol bedroom range to find your perfect,understated bedroom furniture suite


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Ercol: Dedicated to Craftsmanship and Collaboration

From its humble beginnings in 1920, Ercol furniture has steadily grown to become an enterprise at the very forefront of the British furniture industry. Founded by Italian immigrant, Lucian Ercolani, who moved to London with his parents in 1898, the company has expanded to include living room, dining room, bedroom and office furniture. Their design ethos states that they “design for comfort; design for function; design for beauty,” and their dedication to quality and craftsmanship is a testament to that ethos.

Rather than being taken over by another corporate entity at some point, the Ercolani family remains at the very centre of operations. In the company’s long history, Lucian Ercolani, his sons and their in-house design teams have produced some of the most iconic British furniture – the Butterfly Chair, the Stacking Chair, the Windsor Series, the Plank table and many more. The company has a proven track record of dedication to maintaining good design and production standards by rewarding their long-standing employees with a place in a kind of hall of fame, a wooden plaque made from English elm listing the names of those who have served the company for more than 30 years.

Not only a commitment to craftsmanship, the company is also committed to the value of collaboration. As the company has developed and expanded, the Ercolani family recognised the advantages of looking to both upcoming and well-known designers in the UK to bring new designs and perspectives to the Ercol furniture ranges. Talented professionals such as Margaret Howell, James Ryan, and Matthew Hilton, who won “Designer of the Year” at the 2008 British Design Awards, have all collaborated with Ercol to either bring brand-new concepts to the range. Ryan can be credited with the creation of the flagship Artisan range, with its beautiful curves and shapes made from solid wood – a hallmark of Ryan’s style. Howell helped rework items from the back catalogue to make them available to an international market that previously hadn’t been able to take advantage of Ercol’s fantastic craftsmanship and style.

Ercol has proven itself a forward-thinking enterprise, able to evolve to meet the needs of changing markets by bringing in fresh perspectives, and holding on to its best talent to maintain the highest possible standards. Haskins Furniture is fortunate to be able to stock a great deal of Ercol’s designs having maintained a trading relationship since the 1950s. Through this, Haskins Furniture have collaborated with Ercol in a number of outside events to display the Ercol ranges at National Trust properties including Lawrence Weston House, Montacute House, Stourhead Palladian Mansion and Bowood House. Browse our website to view the iconic Ercol designs.


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How to Design a Living Room that’s as Unique as You Are

How to design a living room: it’s the one room that most of us especially want to reflect our personality and taste. Or, more accurately, we want it to show our unique style. With the sheer amount of mass-produced furniture flooding the market every year, it’s hard to really know if we’re buying pieces that reflect ourselves, because after all, won’t thousands of other people have the same thing?

If it’s unique furniture you’re looking for, then look no further than the Parker Knoll furniture range. Parker Knoll fabrics are sourced from the finest mills across the world, and are selected according to strict criteria in design, enduring quality and ultimate comfort. Parker Knoll’s unique spring system created new standards of comfort, and the continuing craftsmanship and attention to detail reflect the unique, innovative spirit of the company’s founder. You can be sure that when you choose a Parker Knoll piece, you are getting something with countless hours of attention, care and craftsman skill poured into it, that embodies the century-long tradition of the Parker Knoll name.

Choosing furniture is one thing, but before you do, you need to think about the overall design of your living space. Here are some things to think about before you make any decisions on what furniture or other items to put in there:

1) Consider the use

Will you be entertaining a lot? Will the room be used for simple rest and relaxation? Is it a place you want your family to gather, play games, or watch television together? Think about how much seating you will need, and whether you have enough space for all of it. If there are going to be less sofas or other seating, think about what other furniture would look nice in the space you have.

2) Consider the space

Look at the shape and area of your living room; get a grasp on the measurements. Tailor your furniture choices to fit the space, so that you can maintain a good “flow” through the room. Most rooms have a natural “focal point” like a window, fireplace, space for the television – how can the furniture fit best around that focal point?

3) Consider the audience

Try to position furniture in such a way that will allow everyone in the room to be able to see and talk to each other. If you’re a close-knit family, make the furniture arrangement reflect that, so that everyone can feel “close” wherever they happen to be sitting.

Finally, and most importantly…

4) Make sure YOU like the design

All of these ideas are supposed to help you create a living room that’s as unique as you are. Make sure that for all of the above considerations, you are taking your own preference into account.

Parker Knoll living room furniture is made with care, and loaded with character and style. Browse our Parker Knoll Living range now to see which unique, specially designed pieces will be able to create the perfect living room space that reflects who you really are.


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About G Plan Furniture

About G Plan Furniture; it has a rich heritage that dates back to 1898 when Ebenezer Gomme started out designing and handcrafting impeccable furniture. Donald (Ebenezer’s grandson) has continued the company and established G Plan in 1953.

Over 100 years designing furniture has seen many style changes but the dedication to creating beautiful furniture certainly hasn’t changed. The G Plan furniture range includes chairs, sofas, footstools and recliners. Their reputation as one of the UK’s biggest upholstery manufacturers is second to none. So you have a myriad of choices to achieve just the look you want for your living room space. Choices include the highest quality leather and a hefty range of gorgeous fabrics.

Everybody’s style is different so G Plan aim to offer many choices in comfort, style and personal preferences. That’s the individuality that G Plan keep in mind when designing their ranges of furniture. Add their iconic comfort and you really do have the next generation of furniture that blends inspiration from history with the advances in comfort and technology for the perfect piece of furniture.

So all there’s left to do is to pop off your shoes, sink into your sofa and let all your troubles vanish.

G Plan sofa or chair will also last the test of time as you would exect with quality handcrafted furniture. It’s the type of investment that you just know will be there for you and your children. G Plan are so sure their furniture will be there for generations, that they offer a 10 year frame and spring guarantee. Piece of mind as well as comfort.

Furniture that’s Crafted not Made

Hand crafted furniture that’s made in the UK and is quality inside and out to ensure that it’s made to last. Only using the best fabrics and leather, sourced from the most prime mills and tanneries from around the world.

The G Plan Furniture Vintage Range

Do you remember your sofa back in the 50s, 60s and 70s? Perhaps you’re too young for that but Vintage is definite in and gaining in popularity. G Plan have created, with the help of Hemingway Design, a stunning range of vintage furniture from G Plan that has been inspired by the sofas of the past. The same top quality craftsmanship that you expect with the design elements of yesterday’s classics. This range is sure to inspire the next generation. Just take a look at this video from G Plan … you might just see your own sofa there!


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How to Use Parker Knoll Chair Covers to Revamp Your Living Room

The living room: it’s the one room that most of us especially want to reflect our personality and taste. Or, more accurately, we want it to show our unique style. With the sheer amount of mass-produced furniture flooding the market every year, it’s hard to really know if we’re buying pieces that reflect ourselves, because after all, won’t thousands of other people have the same thing? That’s where Parker Knoll chair covers come in handy.

When you own furniture and other living room items over a long period of time, it is easy for them to drag down the overall feel of your living space. Whether the problem is dull colours, out-of-date style, worn/damaged fabrics or something else, it can be tricky to know what the best course of action to take is. The idea of replacing everything in the room is daunting and expensive, but you should know that it shouldn’t have to come to that.

How simply changing chair covers can transform a room

Even with the simplest change to your furniture, like replacing the chair covers, can work to totally revamp your room, breathing new life into the space. Parker Knoll chair covers are made in a variety of fabrics and styles to suit many tastes. It’s amazing what a new chair cover can do, but it’s important that you consider carefully how exactly to use it best in your living room.

For example, if you’re living room is fairly small, then it’s a good idea to use lighter colours that might help create interesting contrasts. This will generate the illusion of the room being lighter and more spacious.

Try different fabrics for style and budget

Do you like suede fabrics? Are you reluctant to buy them because you also have children or pets that you’re afraid might damage them? Well, faux suede is of a much higher quality these days, and is also more stain resistant and so good for these families. If you’re on a budget, then some plainer patterns will help save money, while still injecting that desired new vibe into your living room.

Avoid materials and fabrics that clash

Considering combinations of furniture materials and fabrics is also important. If you have chrome-finish furniture, then you should avoid floral fabrics, which in inevitably clash and look bizarre. Wooden furniture works well with richer, tapestry-like fabrics, as well as with various leather choices or even silk. A good idea is to take a look at your furniture’s history, and do a bit of research into what would have been a popular choice when it was made. This helps your furniture maintain its original style and appeal.

If your furniture is more modern, however, then it never really hurts to be a bit more adventurous. Try out some different colours and fabrics and see what works. Old and tired furniture saps the life out of any room. It’s amazing how a simple restyle can work wonders to revitalize the space and make it much more desirable to sit in and relax again. Explore our interesting range of Parker Knoll furniture and see if there’s something you think will also brighten up or revamp your living room.


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Chair Vs Sofa - What’s Ideal for Your Living Room?

There is certainly a great deal of choice out there when it comes to picking living room furniture. Those starting out with an empty room to furnish will be constantly asking themselves the age-old question – chair vs sofa? So, what should we consider when answering this important question? It will help define the comfort and feel of our living space.

Where to start planning your living room space?

The size and space of your living room is probably a good place to start. Is the room part of an open-plan layout? Or is it part of something more segregated? A larger space gives you greater scope when choosing between sofas and chairs, in that it clearly gives you more freedom to choose both. The majority of people, however, do not have this luxury and therefore must consider other things.

Parker Knoll Chairs or Sofas? Which is best for your room?

Spaces with high ceilings are well suited for sofas or Parker Knoll chairs with high backs, while furniture with a lower back is good if you need to create the illusion of more space in a smaller room.

Sofa and Chair Combo

If symmetry is your thing, then a pair of sofas is the natural choice, as these can be easily aligned to create that even and energetic feeling you desire. If you do want a sofa and chair combo though, then you can always use a small table and lamp next to the arm chair to even out the space and line up the two sides.

Open Plan Spaces

The growing trend of open-plan living spaces can actually create problems for those who previously may have always preferred sofas. Given that in an open plan, every wall section is used for either a wall unit, window, TV or something else, it is very difficult to place sofas in an arrangement that doesn’t render invisible something important that you hope people will be able to see comfortably. In this case, a selection of chairs would be advantageous.

Another advantage of using chairs over sofas is the creation of a stronger feeling of personal space. If you are someone who values your own space, then not having to share it on a sofa could be a good option.

Explore the range of Parker Knoll sofas and chairs on our website and see which ones would be the most suitable for your living space.


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About Stressless Furniture

A little bit about Stressless; Ekornes Stressless® are a world-wide and much loved brand of ergonomically designed furniture for the home. They are the largest furniture manufacturer in the Nordic region and manage brands such as Stressless® and Svane®. Based in Norway, their range of furniture is sold all over the world and stocked by major retailers such as Haskins Furniture in the South West of the UK, one of the UK’s largest independent furniture stores.

Stressless furniture includes recliners, sofas, love-seats and accessories. Plus, there is aftercare support and advice for maintaining leather and accessories.

You can instantly see the influence of their Nordic roots in the designs and is known as one of the world most attractive ergonomically designed ranges of furniture. The aim of their design is to provide exceptional comfort and functionality that also reflects quality and value for money.

History of Ekornes

J.E. Ekornes Fjaerfabrikk opened the first store in 1934 and started with just three employees. The furniture manufacturing industry was in the early days and Jens Ekornes discovered unique ways of combining new spring manufacturing for furniture and the production of mattresses. Keen to be different from the earlier heavy steel-spring mattressess on wooden frames, he developed a system of using these springs inside ordinary mattresses. Thus, the first Svane mattress was created and further new products, factories and an increasing workforce followed.

Fast forward to 1966 and Ekornes® launched their first range of lounge furniture all manufactured in Norway under the brand name Ekornes, with the first Stressless® chair launched in 1971. The success of the Stressless Ekornes furniture brand lead to extensive expansion of the company and production facilities.

Today, Ekornes and the Stressless® brand is popular all over the world and continues to grow as one of the leading manufacturers of ergonimic furniture.

Stressless® – The Brand

Stressless® is now one of the leading and most well known furniture brands, not only in the Norwegian furniture market but also throughout the world through a network of independent furniture companies.

The first Stressless recliner appeared on the market in 1971 with the aim of providing the ultimate in comfort and support, whether reclined or upright. It was a revolutionary design that has been popular for over 35 years and has been continually refined and improved in every detail in the pursuit of perfecting the ultimate in comfort.

Where is the Stressless® brand today?

The innovation of the Stressless® system is today an integral function of all their chairs, love-seats and sofas. They offer both high and low-back sofas and services such as individual adjustment for personalised comfort.

Ekornes design and development team employ over 15 designers and invest heavily in product development. So it is inevitable that the market will see further state of the art construction and expertise in furniture manufacture.