Thursday, January 10, 2008

Frederick Parkers & Sons Collection

A unique collection of chairs amassed by Frederick Parker & Sons, later Parker Knoll Ltd, is now available to view online.
The chair collection demonstrates 350 years of British chair design and manufacture.
Frederick Parker (born 1845) built up a substantial and high quality furniture making business. He supplied furniture for ocean liners, country houses, palaces and the high-end retail trade. Frederick Parker was convinced that the only way his workforce could produce fine, new furniture for contemporary use was by studying "the old masters". Thus he collected a library of books on furniture, 360 pieces of furniture (mostly chairs) as well as examples of carvings and textiles to inspire his designers and furniture makers.
Access: Free