By Andrea Childs published
Country homes & Interiors has launched a new Country House Furniture Collection, created by award-winning upholsterers John Sankey. Beautifully shaped and made by hand, each piece in the Country Homes & Interiors Country House Furniture Collection has been carefully considered and built to stand the test of time.
The collection features a selection of stunning fabrics that work together to create a modern country house look for the living room and bedroom.
'It has been such a pleasure to work with Suzanne O'Flynn, the Managing Director of John Sankey, to curate this collection,' says Country Homes & Interiors editor, Andréa Childs. 'Suzanne is the creative heart of the business and has a hugely talented team of skilled furniture makers producing exceptional upholstery.'
The Country House Furniture Collection consists of eight pieces in total. The Living Room Collection features two sofas, an armchair and ottoman. The Bedroom Collection has two armchairs, a small sofa and an upholstered bench.
The Living Room Collection
Supremely comfortable and stylish, the four pieces in the Living Room Collection are upholstered in tactile velvets, textural flatweaves and relaxed linens, layered with richly coloured and patterned pillows to create a modern country look.
Totally timeless, the Tolstoy is the ultimate in decadent comfort. The laidback shape features feather-filled pads over supportive springs.
The Tolstoy sofa is offered in Alcombe, a soft but robust velvet in a contemporary matt finish. Colours are Midnight, a deep blue; Cassis, a vibrant red; or Forest, a soft green. Finished with hand-polished Blackened Oak feet.
Available in three sizes:
Tolstoy Small Sofa: 174cm wide, 86cm high, 107cm deep
Tolstoy Large Sofa: 204cm wide, 86cm high, 107cm deep
Tolstoy Grand Sofa: 234cm wide, 86cm high, 107cm deep
Shop now, from £3,663
A classic Chesterfield with a fully sprung fixed back and seat. The design is imbued with subtle details, such as the scrolled back and arms and the fine pleats that give the front of the arms a tailored finish.
The Orwell sofa is covered in Marcia, a textured flatweave available in two elegant neutral colourways, Hemp and Earth. Finished with hand-polished Blackened Oak feet.
Available in two sizes:
Orwell Large Sofa: 196cm wide, 78cm high, 96cm deep;
Orwell Grand Sofa: 220cm wide, 78cm high, 96cm deep
Shop now, from £3,064
Two-tone upholstery gives this button-back chair a smart, modern look. The Gibson is available in a combination of luxury stonewashed linen, in either dreamy blue Denim and Midnight tones, or earthy Bark and Oak.
Incredible comfort is delivered via a fully sprung seat and a hand-buttoned, padded back that supports the back and head. Finished with hand-polished Blackened Oak feet.
Gibson Chair: 89cm wide, 97cm high, 106cm deep
Shop now, £2,138
Rest a tray – or weary feet – on this elegant Orwell ottoman. The hand-crafted and upholstered frame is covered in a hardwearing jute and cotton fabric, Vintage Stripe Chilli, in rich tones to coordinate with the other pieces in the Living Room Collection.
Orwell Ottoman 95cm wide, 35cm high, 70cm deep
Shop now, £1,386
Add sumptuous style and comfort with layers of soft, feather-filled cushions. Choose from large square scatters in luxurious velvet with a timeworn print; small square scatters in tactile matt velvet or a rustic stripe; and a herringbone stripe bolster pillow.
Shop cushions, from £100
The Bedroom Collection
Pretty, compact shapes presented in a sweet-dream palette of chalky tones. Beautifully shaped legs are finished with a light, washed-paint effect.
Each piece in the Bedroom Collection is offered in Marcia, a hardwearing, textured flatweave with subtle tonal variations that create lovely surface interest. Available in Marcia Blossom, Soft Green, Oatmeal, Blue and Mist.
The low, compact Boodle sofa is perfect for ends of beds and small spaces. The sprung back is padded and hand-buttoned; while the fully sprung seat has a feather-wrapped foam interior. Finished with Light Wash feet.
Boodle Sofa: 136cm wide, 71cm high, 80cm deep
Shop now, £2,498
So useful at the end of the bed and on landings. The Boodle bench features a fully sprung seat wrapped with layers of foam to create softness. Finished with Light Wash feet.
Boodle Bench: 125cm wide, 49cm high, 35cm deep
Shop now, £723
The compact and curvaceous Ferdinand chair is perfectly shaped so that your arms fall effortlessly in the right place, while your lower back is supported. The design is enhanced with delicate velvet piping and button details. Finished with Light Wash feet.
Ferdinand Chair: 81cm wide, 84cm high, 83cm deep
Shop now, £1,842
This petite, comfortable Edmund chair has a lovely spoon-shaped back. Both the seat and back are sprung and covered with layers of foam for softness. Finished with Light Wash feet.
Edmund Chair: 78cm wide, 87cm high, 86cm deep
Shop now, £1,470
Based in an old lace-making factory on the Derbyshire border, John Sankey has been crafting exceptional upholstery in the UK for more than 60 years.
The workshop prides itself on making legacy pieces; sourcing sustainable, seasoned woods and constructing frames with triple dowelled, glued and screwed joints. The frames are so robust, they come with a Lifetime Guarantee.
John Sankey also ensures that all padding materials are intrinsically durable and the fabrics offered are beautiful and robust to give the furniture the best possible chance of being enjoyed for years to come.
In recognition of this commitment to making furniture of the highest standard, The Furniture Maker’s Company has awarded John Sankey the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark – it is one of only five upholstery companies in the country to hold the mark.
These pieces can be purchased online, or you can visit the John Sankey workshop in Derbyshire by appointment.
I've been immersed in the world of homes, interiors and lifestyle since my first job in journalism, on Ideal Home. I went from women's magazine Options to Frank, a brand new title from the publishers of The Face and Arena. From there it was on to the launch of Red magazine, where I stayed for 10 years and became Assistant Editor. Two children and a move to the coast meant it was time to shift into freelancing, and I spent 14 exciting years writing for everyone from The Telegraph to The Sunday Times, Livingetc, Stylist and Woman & Home. When I was offered the job as Editor on Country Homes & Interiors, I couldn't resist – and now I combine that role with developing the H&G Country channel.
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