George Smith was most well
known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter
of the 19 th Century and was spoken of in the same breath
as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope.
He made furniture in a wide,
eclectic range of tastes, based generally on the late neo-classical
style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie.
He produced several pattern books the first being "A
Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior
Every item of George Smith furniture is made using only the
finest natural raw materials, with many of the styles still
being based on original designs. Built by hand in our workshops,
our skilled craftsmen are continuing the traditions of classic
craftsmanship developed in generations gone by.
Prime, seasoned beech or birchwood is used for the custom
made frames, each hand-jointed and built to exact specifications.
Heavy steel coiled springs are tied by hand into wide bands
of interwoven jute webbing to provide balanced weight distribution
for maximum comfort.
Boar bristle is used as the primary stuffing, enveloping
and cushioning the coil springs. A cotton feather mixture
is layered over the whole of each frame to provide thick padding
and comfort. Finally a muslin pad is hand-sewn in place to
provide a smooth and seamless base of upholstery, creating
the look and feel that only traditionally made upholstery
Channelled seat cushions are hand stuffed with a mixture
of duck down and duck feathers to attain the right degree
of softness and durability.
The cutting and positioning of the final cover, be it fabric,
leather or kilim, takes great skill and meticulous attention
to detail. The cover is hand cut to the correct pattern and
hand sewn into place on the frame.
The completed George Smith furniture will provide its owner
with an unparalleled degree of comfort and beauty attainable
only through the finest craftsmanship available.