Wills Furniture Traditional and Magnificent – GO TIGERS

 

Macquarie 2000px.jpgThe Wills Collection – a superb selection of handcrafted furniture; each piece crafted and upholstered traditionally in our modern studio here in Melbourne. Wills Furniture is an iconic and time honoured manufacturer of upholstered furniture with over 80 years experience; offering a superb selection of both Classic and Contemporary design in sofas, armchairs, occasional chairs, dining chairs, ottomans, bedheads and more.

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When Interior Designers and Decorators choose upholstered furniture as a centrepiece or key design element, it’s always invariably a Wills selection. Unique, handcrafted with the finest of materials, a Wills sofa or chair not only looks wonderful, it’s simply a delight to sit upon – comfort, luxury and impeccable design – a true masterpiece.

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Upholsterers used to be called ‘Upholders’. In the 18th Century it referred more to those who repaired furniture rather than the artisans who created new pieces.

Upholders often doubled as interior decorators, taking full responsibility for the overall look and feel of a room, providing the aspect/s desired by the home owner and householder. Such craftsmen were members of the ‘Worshipful Company of Upholders’. Originally these artisans provided upholstery, textiles and fittings for funerals (perhaps this may provide insight into some of the sombre interiors of the times).

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As it was, generally a cabinet maker would pair or partner an ‘upholder’ to provide what came to be known as ‘Traditional Upholstery’.

Traditional Upholstery

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Over the centuries, traditional upholstery evolved. The padding and covering of chairs, seats and sofas became recognised as an accepted craft, long before sewing machines, synthetic fabrics or various types of foam were ever available.

Traditional methodologies for upholstery involve using a solid wood frame or platform (webbed). It can also involve various kinds of springs, lashings, stuffing (animal hair and feathers), grasses and coir, wools, hessians, scrims, bridle ties, stuffing ties, blind stitching, flocks and wadding, all built up by hand.

By the early 17th Century, chair seats were being padded if in a somewhat basic fashion. The shapes and styles of upholstery we now consider ‘classic’ (both the shapes and manufacturing techniques were popularised in the 17th Century), but remained the province of the very wealthy. New techniques gave greater control with the ‘stuffing’ enabling further definition in the upright and sloping lines of popular furniture.

The Victorian era saw excessive stuffing and padding pay homage to the fashionable opulence of the era.

And as the craft evolved with stainless steel springs and new lashing techniques, the seats, backs and arms were further built up, independent of the solid frame’s shape. More complex stuffings, elaborately shaped rolls and scrolls, with different fabrics allowing soft padded shapes by means of buttoning saw new styles and shapes evolve until we have the types of furniture we now feature in our exclusive Wills Collection.

The Wills team faithfully follow the techniques described, handed down over the centuries from the original ‘Upholders’ to today’s specialist upholstery artisans.

All Wills Furniture is handmade faithfully to those tried and true techniques. For further information please leave your details here or call us on 03 9815 0111 for assistance or to book an inspection of our Wills Collection at our showroom located at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn 3122.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best.

Classic Design from Wills Furniture – Craftsmanship and Timeless Beauty.

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The soft lighting catches just a hint of a reflection. The sofa is a classic design. upholstered in a fine velvet, deep blue. Breathtakingly beautiful, its traditional form is a hand crafted, hand built masterpiece. Truly bespoke, it’s the work of master craftsmen – it’s from Wills Furniture.

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Whether your home is a fully renovated heritage classic on St Vincent’s Place Albert Park, a Federation period home, either a Californian Bungalow or a magnificent Queen Anne style home – the Wills Collection offers you a superb range of Classic Sofas and Chairs to complement the period and style of your home.

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Your interior designer or architect can provide required modifications to ensure your selected furniture is the perfect completion of your home and its features. Choose from a wide range of fabrics and leathers from the world’s leading fabric houses. Be comfortable, be satisfied. Select from Wills for a perfect finish.

The Wills Collection represents a refined selection of stylish designs that offer genuine luxury and supreme comfort. From the classic Clivedon and Adelaide Sofas through to the more informal St Pierre, the Amelia and the Sheffield – Wills offers an exquisite range of individual styles, fabrics and finishing from which to choose.

Classic Sofas

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Naturally with our Classic Sofas we offer a full range of Classic Chairs – Armchairs, Occasional Chairs and bedroom classics.

Classic Chairs

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All Wills Furniture is handcrafted using the finest of fabric, leathers and solid framing with sumptuous cushioning. Minor modifications to suit floor plans and necessary alterations are possible – simply notify us prior to your final order.

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Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today.

You can arrange a visit to the Wills Factory and Showrooms at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn by calling 03 9815 0111 or by leaving your details here.

At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Wills Furniture – Unique handcrafted beauty

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Wills Furniture is created and crafted right here in Melbourne. Our Studio Workshop is located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. A modern, well equipped factory, the Wills Collection is the result of over 80 years of tradition and craftsmanship.

Classical or contemporary, at Wills we select the very best in materials – framing, fabrics and leathers, hand tied springs, cushioning and accessories.

With Wills it is possible to speak with our team regarding your preferred piece of furniture, comfortable in the knowledge a genuine one-off sofa, armchairs or occasional chair is being genuinely handcrafted and upholstered in the traditional fashion to your preferred specifications.

Check out our Wills Furniture Collection and then get the advice of your selected Interior Designer. Bold, bright, beautiful? Or soft, demure and understated? The choice will be yours. Let your home reflect your style, your personality, your vision.

The Wills Collection offers a wide range of styles and designs from which to choose. Experiment with fabric choice – leathers, woven materials, cottons, linen or wool. For a summer feel, look to fabric collections such as Warwick, Tigger Hall or Anna Spiro Design. Find inspiration, find guidance. Create your vision with vibrancy, colour and style.

The Wills Team are often called upon to create beautiful new Bespoke pieces by Designers and Decorators as well as Architects. Wills will work with the Designer to bring to life their unique vision, offering advice on how to ensure maximum comfort and beauty. Whether it’s fully modular furniture, ottomans, bench seating or traditional sofas and chairs, the Wills Team will ensure a perfect rendition of the Designer’s vision every time. Applying Craftsmanship and traditional methods, a quality finished piece is produced every time.

Modular furniture can be constructed to fit spaces exactly. With modern apartments this can be vitally important to achieving the look desired and effectively utilising the space available.

Don’t hesitate. Browse through our Wills Collection here and call us on 03 9815 0111 to book an appointment to view our showroom located at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn. Or leave your contact details here. Choose Wills and experience the very best in traditional upholstered furniture.

Design, Luxury Comfort – You know it’s from Wills.

Contemporary Occasional Chairs – Please relax and be seated.

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When it’s time to refurbish and redecorate your home, the services of an Interior Designer are invaluable. With new vision, a totally refreshed living area can be presented in a unique and stylish fashion. Bespoke furniture, classic or modern and contemporary? There really is only one choice – The Wills Collection. Design, luxury and comfort for over 80 years. Handcrafted, artisan finished upholstered furniture at its very best.

At Wills, each item is lovingly crafted by skilled tradesmen and women. The finest fabrics and leathers are selected from leading local and international Fabric houses and suppliers. Each production step is thorough and refined with perfect finishing. Guided by patriarch Paul Newham and current Manager John Sharkey, Wills Furniture after 80 years is still producing the most beautiful furniture to the same exacting standards.

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This week we look at chairs. Often there is the need for a particular style occasional chair, whether it’s for a bedroom, study, hallway or sunroom.

The Wills Collection offers a wide selection of different style chairs – armchairs, dining chairs and occasional chairs – designs that will meet the brief for all interior spaces and individual client requirements.

This is a high quality collection of very popular designs. Customisation and modification to suit particular needs is always possible with Wills.

There are four main categories of chairs…

This week we feature chairs from the Wills Contemporary Chair Collection, a superb and inspiring selection.

The Avoca

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This elegant, art deco style chair features sweeping rolled arms with piping detail. The studio look chair with polished Ash timber legs can be upholstered in leather or any fabric chosen. Comfort is assured with its sprung lumbar support, upholstered back and hand tied coil sprung seat.

The Barrington

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A classic, club armchair with polished tapered, timber feet. This style works well in a relaxed lounge room, billiard room or study. A chair to sink into and relish its comfort with a sprung fitted back and hand tied coil sprung seat. A matching Barrington sofa is also available in the Wills Furniture Collection.

The Chicago

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This sleek, armless chair features twin needle stitch detail to create a tufted effect on the seat and inside back. It is nicely finished with fine piping detail to the edges. Its highly polished timber base and legs complement the unique style.

The Tecoma

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This stylish design is well suited as an ideal bedroom chair or stunning occasional chair. The highly polished balloon back with padded seat and arms and featuring double piping detail lends an air of elegant grace. The timber frame is made from low grain Beech which, once polished, leaves a smooth, uniform finish.

The Florida

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This unique, armless style chair with firm spring seat features a wing back and plump feather cushioning to sink into. It is handsomely finished with a polished timber base and legs. Strength is assured with a hardwood frame.

The Kerferd

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Popular occasional armchair with sleek, top stitched arms. Divinely comfortable with its sprung, tight fitted back and sumptuous, feather combination seat cushion. Fine, polished timber legs complete the design. This is an ideal, comfortable chair in an interior design with minimal space for seating, due to its finer proportions.

The Madrid

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A contemporary style chair with a compact design that is admirably suited to contemporary house styles. This chair is made with comfort in mind, with its padded arms, tight, fitted back and fully sprung, fitted seat. It also has the option of feather combination cushioning. The upholstered seat is nicely balanced against the polished timber base.

At Wills, we offer the art of the possible, Bespoke Design or careful modification combined with your selection of fabric, leather and accessories.

Call Wills now on 03 9815 0111 to schedule a visit to our showrooms, workshop and studio located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. Feel free to call and discuss your next project. Alternatively, you can leave your details here for a prompt reply.

Always select from Wills Furniture.

Design – Luxury – Comfort

It’s simply the best.