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Cassandra Ellis is a furniture and homewares designer, interiors stylist and author. Originally from New Zealand, Cassandra's studio is based in SW London, She works with independent craftspeople across Britain who make her furniture, textiles and other home goods.

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Inspired by her quiet and thoughtful aesthetic, Cassandra Ellis’s new collection of furniture and homewares has been designed to be simple, useful and beautiful. A natural extension of the textile goods for which Cassandra Ellis is renowned, in tandem with her growing portfolio of interior styling work.

“The interiors stylist and author has thought deeply

about the nature of home. As a result, her place in south London

is just as much a meditation on living as it is a house.”

The Telegraph, November 2015

Each piece is designed and made in the UK and has been carefully considered so it becomes a lasting part of people’s homes, and, in turn, part of their story. They are also incredibly versatile and can be moved seamlessly from room to room and home to home, as people’s lives and houses change. The classic shapes and finishes sit comfortably and quietly in both traditional and modern settings to create the calm, measured and inspiring feel that Cassandra brings to her interiors.

Cassandra has worked closely with English furniture makers, respected Irish linen mills, potters and wood workers to make pieces that are incredibly well made and reflect the hand of the maker.

“I’ve thought carefully about the proportions, materials and uses for each quilt, chair and table in the collection so that they become part of the long term story of an individual’s or family’s home and life, not just a seasonal trend. Every piece has been consciously designed to be the best quality. They are made to last - as you move from home to home, they can be used in a variety of ways and places and I believe this is how people’s homes should evolve.”

The upholstered furniture celebrates the work of highly skilled and respected furniture makers, using a combination of the best traditional and modern techniques and materials. It’s all about attention to detail – from the hand-made solid wood frames to the weave of the beautiful Irish linen, or the soft supple vegetable-dyed goatskin. Finishing touches include black-headed nail detailing and solid British brass casters.

The tables, stools, lamps and accessories are individually handmade in Cornwall, with a variety of English and European woods. Each piece is individually selected for grain, colour and personality, to create simple and elegant pieces that sit beautifully alongside the upholstered furniture. Brass accents add another level of connection and detail to the simple and refined forms.

Cassandra’s quilts are designed and made in her studio. Each one is unique, featuring one-off pieces of antique fabric from Japan, Africa and the Far East, blended with foundation fabrics including fine Irish linen, Japanese wool and Indian Khadi cotton. They are the root of all the pieces in the collection. They take time, skill and care to create and are a reflection on homes and living.  Each one is individually designed, carefully hand-pieced, then robustly quilted by highly skilled quilters, so it is as useful as it is beautiful. They are available as a stock item or as an individual commission.

The Big Chair

Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis
Buy a British made upholstered chair from Cassandra Ellis

The Big Chair

from 2,550.00

A big, comfy chair for one – a place to think, read, plan or just curl up for a nap. Based on a deep-seated 19th Century English chair, our big solitaire chair has a relaxing raked back with a deep seat. It’s just the place to settle down and relax. Perfect in plain linen, but also fantastic in a patterned fabric of your choice. Our Salon stool works as a suitable footrest.

£2550 + Fabric, Leather or COM

H 90cm x D 110cm x L/W 88cm ( 35 ½ x 43 ¼  x 34 ½  inches)

Seat Height 45cm/17 ¾ inches

Seat Depth 72cm/ 28 ½ inches

Handmade hardwood Beech frame. Traditional build combining the best of modern and classic techniques. Sprung seat with coil strips, foam feather wrap seat cushions and feather/fibre backs. Black nail detailing.

Fabric - 8 metres or 100 sqft hide. Heavyweight Irish Linen, vegetable dyed Goatskin, or COM. Please get in touch for swatches.

Finish options - Plain as standard, or buttoned as bespoke.

Legs - Waxed oak, ash, walnut or mahogany.

Casters - British brass, finished in lacquered or antiqued finish.

Lead time - 8-10 weeks.

Shipping - We ship to the UK and abroad. Please ask for more details and a quote.

Bespoke - Please get in touch for bespoke options.

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Our range of furniture has been designed to be simple, useful and beautiful. Each piece has been carefully designed to fulfil a role in your home - from those big family gatherings to solitary moments, from your first flat to the chaotic family home or your bolt hole.

 We’ve worked with the best furniture makers in the country, using a combination of excellent traditional and modern techniques and materials. The starting point for every piece is a solid Beech wood frame. Sprung seats with coils or coil strips, foam and feather wrap seat cushions and feather/fibre backs ensure a long, happy life.

 We can upholster your furniture in our range of striking, hard-wearing Irish linen in nine colours; or beautifully soft vegetable-dyed oiled goatskin; or your own choice of fabric. Deep buttoning adds a classic look or keep it simple for a more contemporary feel. Black nail detailing to add the finishing touch.

Waxed oak legs come as standard or you can pick from ash, walnut or mahogany. Every piece stands on solid, smooth rolling British brass casters in a choice of either a lacquered or antiqued finish.

Our tables, stools, lamps and accessories are handmade and beautifully made in Cornwall, using a variety of English and European woods. Each piece of wood is individually selected for grain, colour and the best part – it’s personality – to create simple and elegant pieces that work with our upholstered furniture.