Born in 1786, George Smith was a well-known maker of furniture and cabinets during the first part of the 19th century. A master of upholstery, his skillfully designed and executed pieces—in styles ranging from Neoclassical to Gothic to Chinese—were a favorite of the British aristocracy. He also wrote several books including A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.
Yesterday and Today
Smith was one of the most influential figures of his time, and many of the company’s furniture styles are still based on his original designs. Every sofa, chair, stool, and chaise is handmade in northern England by craftsmen who are steeped in the traditions of earlier generations but equally proficient in transforming iconic designs into ultramodern pieces.
Coup de Craft
Frames are constructed out of seasoned beech or birch and joined by hand. Maximum comfort and balanced weight distribution are achieved through the use of heavy steel-coiled springs tied into wide bands of interwoven jute webbing. The springs are cushioned by boar bristles along with a cotton-and-feather blend that provides extra-thick padding.