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The Hardy Chair

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Old Furniture, a poem by Dorset born Thomas Hardy, is an ode to the beauty of furniture being handed down the generations, and David Irwin's Hardy chair is a classic in the making. Two chair typologies from the 19th century, Thomas Hardy's birth century, inspired its design: firstly the Captain's chair originally a low-backed wooden armchair and secondly, the Smokers bow, a low back Windsor, often used in smoking rooms, public houses, barbers shops and cottages.