Spring in the Air – It’s Time to Refresh and Renew.Select a new dining setting from Wills Bisgrove.

It’s time to be positive. With the arrival of Spring and the promise of warmer weather it’s the right time to plan for longer evenings and, with any sort of luck, entertaining family and guests at dinner parties. The Spring Racing Carnival is almost here, then it’s Christmas Holidays. It’s time to splash out and order new dining chairs from Wills Bisgrove. 

This week we feature some of our more popular selections. 

The Hotham

Let’s start with the Hotham. One of our more popular selections, the Hotham is a standard humpback styled chair, utilitarian yet simple and attractive. With tapered legs, choose between Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak, both of which can be highly polished or painted as desired. Enjoy the superb comfort of the hand tied coil sprung seat whilst relaxing over a good vintage with friends. See details.

The Melba

A standard scroll-back style dining chair, it’s simple yet attractive. Again the choice is tapered legs in either Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak. Your Interior Designer can select to polish the legs or have them painted to specification. See details.

The Hotham Carver

A variation of the Hotham, the Carver differs with highly polished timber arms and is slightly wider and higher to make the chair a feature of each end of the dining table. It’s eminently suitable to combine with the Hotham in creating a unique dining table ensemble. See details.

The Odeon

A low back sleek contemporary design with elegantly tapered legs, this delightful chair will suit any modern home or setting. Medical rooms, waiting rooms and board rooms are also Commercial possibilities. It is a very adaptable chair. With a generous seat size, hand sprung coil seating, sumptuous cushioning and a solid timber frame, this is a supremely comfortable chair. See details

The Sebastion

Definitely a dining classic with scroll back, detailed provincial style legs and a generous height. Comfort is assured with padded back and coil spring seating with plush cushioning. See details

The Venice

A unique curved back dining chair. Sleek, elegant lines curving down to low tapered arms, this chair is eye catching yet comforting. It can be used as a dining chair or an occasional chair. Polished tapered timber legs feature brass castors and its overall finish is completed with a precise piped border. See details.

The Stockton

This chair can be used as a barstool or Kitchen stool. With its arched back tub style, timber detailing and firm foam seat, it’s the barstool that won’t see you moving too far – it’s so comfortable. Strong durable frame – its built to last a lifetime. So cheers to the Stockton! See details.


With all dining chairs there is the option of selecting piping or studded finishes, with your choice of fabric or leather for the upholstery you desire. Wills Bisgrove Furniture has a range of traditional and contemporary dining chairs available for your selection. Simply refer to our Wills Bisgrove Dining Chair Collection here

Schedule a time to visit our showrooms, studio and workshop, post lockdown, at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwel. Call now on 03 9815 0111 and make an appointment with our Manager Mr John Sharkey to discuss your needs.

Remember – always choose Wills Bisgrove Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Invite a Fresh Vision with A Qualified and Experienced Interior Designer and the Wills Bisgrove Collection.

With months of COVID restrictions the time has arrived to consider re-decorating. Spring time is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to refresh and renew. With the end of lockdown in the not too distant future, it’s the right time to invite in your Interior Designer to create a fresh vision for your home. The base of good interior design? Fine furniture – classic or contemporary – from the Wills Bisgrove Collection exclusively.

An Interior Designer is trained to view not just the items of furniture, but the entire living areas, the layout and how it best compliments the architecture and design of your home,yet pays homage to both your taste and your sense of style; the flow and movement that adds to your comfort and quality of life. 

At Wills Bisgrove we work closely with a number of highly skilled, experienced and well-respected Interior Designers and Decorators. Who will select from the Wills Bisgrove Collection the most appropriate upholstered furniture pieces – Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Tub Chairs, Occasional Chairs and Ottomans to suit your project. They will then select from the Wills Bisgrove extensive range of fabrics, leathers and materials gathered from the world’s leading suppliers. If required, your selected Designer will suggest appropriate modifications to suit the requirements of your home.

Some of our more popular Sofas used frequently by well-known Interior Designers include the following selections.

The Adelaide Sofa

The classic Adelaide Sofa is a traditional English design, featuring hand polished, turned legs in Beech timber with solid brass castors. It is available in either eight-way hand tied hourglass, steel coil springs or contemporary sprung, with steel no-sag springs and fitted back, also sprung with steel coil springs. Superb quality and strength with Australian hardwood timbers in the frame, blocked and doweled for strength and rigidity. Cushion inserts are a luxuriant blend of feather fibre, casing covering a combination of memory foam core, unique to Wills Bisgrove Furniture. The Adelaide Sofa can be made to any sizing required and we welcome modifications to suit your seating requirements. It can be a two-seater with two legs or a three-seater with three legs, also available as a chair. You select the fabric or leather to suit your design needs.

The Charlbury Sofa

This sofa exhibits the largest scroll arms in the Wills Bisgrove Furniture collection. Its strong Australian hardwood timber frame is one of the many quality features in Wills Bisgrove Furniture designs. It has handsome turned legs that come with or without castors. Divine comfort is assured with its coil sprung seats and coil sprung back. The Charlbury Sofa can also be made to any sizing you desire and can be adapted as a two-seater or three-seater, also as a chair. Whichever fabric or leather fits your interior design project can be selected.

The Barrington Sofa

The Barrington is comfortable sofa that looks impressive in executive offices or specialist medical rooms. It speaks of quality, featuring higher club arms and a fully upholstered coil-sprung back for solid, comfortable support. The hardwood frame with coil springs ensures a solid yet attractive unit. A three-seater measuring 2300mm in width as well as a two-seater measuring 2000mm are both available and quite suitable for commercial purposes. Matching armchairs and ottomans are also available.

The Houston Sofa

The Houston is an elegant sofa yet it lends itself to utilitarian purposes in business settings, medical rooms or executive offices. It features a coil sprung fitted back with split piped division and large feather wrapped cushions. The cushion materials can be adjusted to suit the expected usage. A large, solid, sleek profile with polished feet in detail and patina polished finish. The sofa is available as a three-seater, two and a half or two-seater as well as in an armchair.

Take the time to research and discover the Interior Designer who can best interpret both your wishes and create a stunning design that will complement your beautiful home with elegance and style.

If you require assistance in selecting a Designer or Decorator, please call us at Wills Bisgrove on 03 9815 0111. We can suggest a wide range of professionals that can and will assist you in your renovations, refurnishing or redesign.

Make a time to inspect the Wills Bisgrove Collection at our showrooms at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell post lockdown. Or simply leave your details here and one of our staff will contact you to assist with your enquiries.

Remember – always choose Wills Bisgrove Furniture – it’s simply the best.


Design, Luxury and Comfort, always at Wills Bisgrove.

Comfort Design Luxury. Time to Relax with Wills Bisgrove Furniture Occasional Chairs.

With the current restrictions keeping us at home our comfort is at a premium. It’s the right time to find that comfortable occasional chair. The best place to start? The Wills Bisgrove Collection of contemporary chairs. Whether it’s chairs for the study, the bedroom, hallway or lounge a stunning chair collected from the Wills Bisgrove Collection not only looks and feels magnificent it is a hand crafted, iconic piece of fine furniture that will lift any room or interior. 

At Wills Bisgrove, 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 Bisgrove Furniture, after 80 years, is still producing the most beautiful furniture to the same exacting standards.

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 Bisgrove 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 Bisgrove Contemporary Chair Collection, a superb and inspiring selection.

The Avoca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call Wills Bisgrove now on 03 9815 0111 to schedule a visit to our showrooms, workshop and studio located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell post lockdown. Feel free to call and discuss your next project. Alternatively, you can leave your details here for a prompt reply.

Always select from Wills Bisgrove Furniture.

Design – Luxury – Comfort

Wills Bisgrove – It’s simply the best.

Wills Bisgrove Furniture – Classic and Contemporary Styling. Exquisite Design, Supreme Comfort.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a superb selection of handcrafted artisan built furniture. Each individual piece of furniture is singularly crafted from framework to finished upholstery. Quality fine leathers and sumptuous fabrics from the world’s leading fabric houses provide that touch of elegance; the look, the feel of pure luxury. Total comfort – relax – it’s from Wills Bisgrove. 

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

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).

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

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 Bisgrove Collection.

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

The Wills Bisgrove Team at their new Showroom.

All Wills Bisgrove 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 Bisgrove Collection at our showroom located Toorak Road, Camberwell – post lockdown.

Wills Bisgrove Furniture – It’s simply the best.

Selecting The Very Best – Handcrafted by Master Craftsmen and Craftswomen

There’s something very special about handcrafted, hand-built furniture, refined and finished to perfection. There is a look, a feel to artisan built and upholstered furniture. At Wills Bisgrove add to this the abiity to choose from a superb selection of fabrics and fine leathers sourced from the world’s leading fabric houses and leather suppliers. The result – absolute excellence in design, comfort and the ultimate in luxurious living. 

The Wills Bisgrove team work with your Interior Designer to select stunning fabrics and leathers for your new furniture. There are no ‘short cuts’. Items are all hand crafted and finished in our well-appointed Camberwell workshop to exacting standards.

With over 80 years of experience behind the Wills Bisgrove name, a timeless catalogue of both classic and contemporary furniture is the end result.

This week we will share with you our Classic Sofa Range

The Wills Bisgrove 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.

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

All Wills Bisgrove 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.

Wills Bisgrove 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 Bisgrove Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today.

You can arrange a visit to the Wills Bisgrove Factory and Showrooms at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell by calling 03 9815 0111 or by leaving your details here.

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


Wills Bisgrove Furniture – it’s simply the best.