Sitting Firm for John Lewis Melbury Armchair

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On the 30th of March 2010 Dave Green with Designer Chris Eckersley and seven other prospective Bodgers met up at Gudrun Leitz's outdoor workshop in Clissett Wood for six days for the ‘Bodging Milano’ project.

With no electricity (and therefore no power tools), no computers or drawing boards, and with very little protection against the elements, the group were removed from their comfort zone and quickly had to rethink their way of working. In the world of chair design this is probably as far back-to-basics as you can get!

The results were then shown with Designersblock at the Milan Furniture Fair, April 2010. From here the inspiration gathered momentum to design a new era of Windsor Chairs and so the Modern Windsors was born. Dave Green has created the whole new range for John Lewis by using the same traditional materials and techniques as they would have hundreds of years ago but by bringing them into the 21st Century.

Each piece is named after British woods from where a lot of our timber is sourced and replenished: Melbury Wood in Dorset, Glenmore Forest in Scotland, Packington Wood in Leicestershire and Rushmore Forest in Lincolnshire. The range is made only from English ash and British elm.

Please note: Not all of our ranges are on display in our furniture departments. Please callyour nearest John Lewisto check before you visit.

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Assembly Required
Fully assembled
Sitting Firm for John Lewis
H108 x W54 x D55cm
Furniture Range
Sitting Firm
English ash and British elm


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    Delivered within 7 working days (may be longer for N Ireland and rural areas)
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Q & As

Rated 5 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply wonderful A beautiful piece of furniture and timeless classic. 08 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A thing of beauty Superbly comfortable, beautifully made. A wonderful chair. 03 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic chair I bought this chair for my husband for Christmas. He was delighted with the style and comfort. A real classic with a modern twist. 27 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by You won't regret it This is a really lovely chair - expensive, yes, but very often you get what you pay for (not always, in my opinion, but often). It's beautifully made, old-fashioned yet strangely contemporary, and will only improve with time. And by the way, it's comfortable too. We went to look at it in the shop first, just to get a feel for its size, which is perfect. The Conran shop have something vaguely similar, and cheaper, but the quality is lacking - it feels like IKEA by comparison. 11 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ideal These chairs are large, after delivery I thought they may have to go back, but I have got used to them, they move between the kitchen, lounge, dining room and conservatory. Well made, comfortable and portable, ideal for our house and lifestyle 08 January 2014
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