A prototypical formal design accentuated with strong graceful lines. a substantial and quality line of furniture evoking mid- century ostentation
Shades in Oak
Shades offers flexible dining options with tables that look elegant when laid for an intimate candle-lit dinner or extended for the whole family, with a selection of functional sideboards, display cabinets and occasion items.
Shades in Teak
A collection of stunning teak living and dining furniture designed with mid-twentieth century retro influences
When Barnett Nathan, a furniture maker of Russian origin, began to manufacture handcrafted pieces of furniture in 1916, it was the middle of the Great War and perhaps not the ideal time to embark on a furniture making business. Indeed Barnett soon had to supplement income by manufacturing munitions boxes for the Government.
At the end of the war Barnett was joined by his two brothers and despite the great hardships of the time, the three of them were able to use their furniture making skills to develop a business with a reputation in the trade for fine craftsmanship and good quality. In 1952 the second generation of the family came into the business. Barnett’s sons Jerrold and Clive were the catalysts for developing a brand name.
The Company began to specialize in dining room furniture and invested heavily in designing and marketing its products.
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION WAS GAINED IN 1954 WHEN THE COMPTON DINING SUITE WAS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE BEST OF BRITISH DESIGN AT A MAJOR FURNITURE EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK. A STEADY STREAM OF NEW AND CONTEMPORARY PRODUCTS WERE QUICKLY BROUGHT TO THE MARKET.
The most successful of which was the Courtier dining suite which was light mahogany in colour with contrasting black legs - quite a radical design for its day. In 1963 Barnett’s eldest son Jerrold took the brave decision to develop a Scandinavian styled range in teak - a decision that was to mould the company’s future and influence the products that we sell to this day. Under advertisements proclaiming ‘Scandinavian Design by Nathan’ the first range of teak furniture called Citadel was launched.
Now considered to be a design classic, the styling was simple and elegant with no decoration other than plain recessed handles. Citadel was an outstanding success and other teak ranges quickly followed. Throughout the 1960’s Jerrold Nathan continued to experiment with interesting new looks (primarily in teak) and the Company moved further up-market with the launch of an innovative sideboard with a circle pattern cut into the veneer on the doors. 1970 saw the introduction of the 1024 sideboard which was the first piece featuring the distinctive Jacobean door design and as such was the foundation piece of the ‘Classic Collection’.
This unit attracted an unexpectedly large amount of public interest and by 1972 the designer, Patrick Lee, had introduced a range of wall units in the same style. Patrick’s vision was to create a range of furniture for dining and living rooms, or to blend between the two, with one consistent look. These design principles of flexibility and collectability have ensured that our Classic range of furniture has been a success for over 35 years and is one of the best selling furniture collections of all time.
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