Return of the chair

Did you catch my Instagram Stories takeover for Parker Knoll last Friday?  You’ll have seen me capturing the final adventure of my 1966 Penshurst chair, finally returning home to my flat in London. 

Isla Simpson sitting in her Parker Knoll chair at home

Safely installed in the bay window, I fully appreciated the impeccable workmanship of the Parker Knoll apprentices.  From the curve of the wings, to the plump cushion seat and crisp piped edges.   The quality of their finish is a work of art.

Furnishing my home with a piece of heritage furniture, made in Britain, is a very special thing. As I look ahead to leaving the EU, I feel it’s incredibly important to support British made.   After 13 years of designing handbags and leather goods, I know a great manufacturer when I see one.  Their Nottinghamshire factory, which I visited back in May, is the most impressive set up, I‘ve seen in my professional career.  

I’m delighted to be back to blogging, reading, sewing and day dreaming curled up in it.  My best ideas surface there, in the space away from my desk.  An arts and crafts chair in the truest sense!  Willow Boughs couldn’t have been a better English pattern to sweep across it.   Morris designed the botanical print in 1887 and thirteen years later in 1900, my period maisonette was built, in Walthamstow, his former home and now mine!

My chair and I will be inseparable from now on.  A huge thank you Parker Knoll. 

A thank you note to the Parker Knoll Apprentices illustrated by Isla Simpson

My vintage chair was generously upholstered by the Parker Knoll apprentices, as part of their training.