4. My Locally Made Chair

‘A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.’

– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, American-German architect

Many of these chairs are old or traditional, some are new and innovative. Chairs in this section have a particularly strong link to their local maker, although all of the other sections include locally made chairs too.

My Locally Made Chair - JR Payne, Naphill
"I made this chair during my time at Wycombe Technical School between 1955 and 1958 under the guidance and tuition of Mr Stevens. It is still in daily use." Submitted ...
My Locally Made Chair - Pete Salmon, Speen
"My Great Grandfather, William Plumridge, owned the Plumridge chair factory in Speen, Bucks. He made a set of dining chairs as a wedding present to his daughter Elsie on her ...
My Locally Made Chair - Heather Breed, Lacey Green
"I am a local upholsterer so I'm slightly obsessed with chairs. For my last year at college in Nettlebed I had to design and make a chair. I choose an ...
My Locally Made Chair - Peter Rackstraw, Bledlow
"This is me with a chair made by us at Reed and Rackstraw in Bledlow Ridge. This style of chair was first made by my father in the early '50s ...
My Locally Made Chair - Mercia Hailstone, Flackwell Heath
"My Grampy Arthur Hext made for me when I was about 3 or 4 years old, so in about 1955. The chair was made by Grampy in his "factory" in ...
My Locally Made Chair - Adrian Williams, High Wycombe
"We believe this chair was made for my father in law, Deryck Webb. It is less than 70cm tall. This is my wife, Deryth in the photograph - Deryck's daughter ...

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