Designed by Ernest Gimson for Bedales school, the elegant simplicity of this chair, now known as the Bedales chair, lends itself beautifully to a finely woven natural white willow seat.
Willow weaving this chair pays homage to one of Gimson's most iconic pieces of furniture that is displayed at the Cheltenham Museum. In 2019 - 20 a special exhibition 'Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination and Making' took place at the museum and showcased Gimson's chair, which he was purported to have woven himself.
This particular Bedales chair was made by Edward Gardiner, sold by Gordon Russell and has now been bought back to life through my weaving a new natural white willow seat.
Both functional and beautiful, this chair feels perfectly at home in a traditional or more rustic modern setting. A stand alone piece or forming part of a collection, this chair celebrates one of the leaders of the Arts & Crafts movement.