Sitting Firm at Gaze Burvill is committed to creating the finest English furniture through an honest commitment to design integrity, comfort and craftsmanship. We use only sustainably sourced, fine quality wood, to make pieces that will stand the test of time, and bring joy to their owners for years to come.
Sitting Firm Chairmakers Ltd was set up by master-craftsman Dave Green in 1989 to manufacture chairs which followed in the best British furniture craft traditions, and the company soon gained an international reputation for producing fine quality traditional Windsor Chairs. As word spread, Sitting Firm became the go-to centre of expertise for British designers who wanted to get their own chair concepts into production.
In February 2020 the manufacturing of Sitting Firm’s chairs was taken over by Gaze Burvill at their workshop in Hampshire. Gaze Burvill has over the decades honed a unique expertise in furniture making, melding the very best of modern CNC technology with the traditional skills of its craftsman team, and was the perfect progression for Sitting Firm, as Dave Green sought to gradually step down from running the business, and pass on his unique know-how to the next generation of chairmakers.
Today, a growing collection of Sitting Firm designs is being made by a dedicated team of skilled craftsmen under the new name of Sitting Firm at Gaze Burvill.
Our passion for design and sustainability are part of the core values which are embedded throughout Gaze Burvill and Sitting Firm. Using only certified and sustainably sourced wood, we believe in combining the best in traditional craftsmanship and the modern technology to produce furniture which is comfortable, beautiful, and, importantly, made to last.
We take great care to source fine temperate hardwoods, wherever possible from within the UK, and certified. We use predominantly oak and ash, selecting only the most appropriate pieces of wood for the job. Working in solid timber gives each furniture piece its unique tactile and characterful authenticity, however this requires a deep understanding of the raw material, its grain, and the suitability of its different cuts -knowledge only gained by years of working the wood. Steam-bending is just one example of the many processes which require specialised skill and a trained eye. In expert hands, however, it will yield graceful and strong curved elements, and a chair which is both comfortable and pleasing to the eye.
Good design and true originality are at the heart of everything we strive to achieve. While certain furniture pieces serve a purpose which is sculptural as well as practical, we believe the best chairs stand strong, look great and support the sitter comfortably.