Apartment Living. Carefree Comfort, Absolute Luxury and Superb Design with Furniture from Wills Bisgrove

In the last few decades the choice for many people has been to opt for the freedom and comfort of apartment living, the time allocated for weekend chores is now used for entertainment and relaxation. Magnificent properties with panoramic views deserve the very best in furniture and it’s only natural to turn to Wills Bisgrove for inspiration.

With the current restrictions in place, one area demonstrating a dramatic slowdown is the sale of inner-city apartments. Where some see an issue, others may well see an opportunity. For those downsizing, there will likely be some superb bargains on the horizon in the not too distant future.

Apartment living is vastly different to living on a suburban allotment. The design of apartments generally lends itself to space, light and panoramic views. The style of furniture for this type of living is noticeably different to the more traditional classic furniture you may select whilst living in an older suburban home – a Californian Bungalow or a Federation style dwelling, for instance.

Modern Apartments can be as much as 60 squares now as a standard size. To take full advantage of such a living space, the interior design must acknowledge the full area available and the desired access to panoramic views.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture. It’s easy to create a unique, comfortable lounge suite, either a traditional layout with sofas and armchairs or fully modular in a more contemporary modern style.

Modern Apartments can be as much as 60 squares now as a standard size. To take full advantage of such a living space, the interior design must acknowledge the full area available and the desired access to panoramic views.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture. It’s easy to create a unique, comfortable lounge suite, either a traditional layout with sofas and armchairs or fully modular in a more contemporary modern style.

All Wills Bisgrove furniture is manufactured here in Melbourne at our Camberwell Factory; Crafted and hand built using time honoured and traditional processes, your comfort is assured as is the absolutely premium quality of each item produced. High grade, kiln-dried hardwood is used for framing; seating is all hand tied with coil springs giving genuine luxury and support.

Here we feature three of our more popular Sofas often selected for Apartment living.

The Avalon

A contemporary design with a sleek look, this sofa has a balanced combination with the symmetry of straight lines and curved detail adding to the minimalist design. A long, singular cushion complementing the back cushions in a flowing straight line finish, together with the slightly splayed padded arms and side bolster cushions make this the perfect sofa to recline and relax on. Polished timber plinth and feet set off the clean, elegant design features.

The Cayman

Long, sleek designed sofa with low profile fitted back, lumbar support cushions, classic square club arms. The cushions are luxuriant with a very full and thick, high grade memory foam to ensure maximum comfort. The sleek, high profile plinth and leg assembly, together with the low profile back, gives a nod to classic 1970’s design. The plinth and legs can be polished or painted in any finish to highlight the slim-line, smooth appearance of this sofa.

The Houston

The scooped club arm is perfectly shaped giving this sofa an elegant look. The coiled sprung and padded fitted back with split piped division assures supreme comfort together with fully sprung seating and luxurious large, feather wrapped cushions. The elegant lines of the overall design are highlighted by the large, solid, sleek profile polished feet with bevelled detail and patina polished finish. Available in three seater, two seater and two and a half seater, as well as an armchair.

Please feel free to call us on 03 98150111 during business hours to discuss your requirements or leave your details here for a prompt reply to your enquiry

[Currently our showrooms are temporarily closed due to the current Victorian Government Lockdown restrictions. However we are still taking orders and will resume normal trading, hopefully in late October/early November as planned.]


Wills Bisgrove – Simply the best

Wills Bisgrove Hand-built in Melbourne. Australian Made – Quality, Design and Comfort

The Wills Bisgrove difference – superb quality, impeccable design and the ultimate in comfort. It all comes down to absolute premium craftsmanship required and executed by our team of expert Artisans and Tradespeople in our modern workshop and studio located here in Camberwell, Melbourne. Buying Australian means dealing direct with the actual manufacturer, not a middle man or intermediary. The result – beautiful, bespoke furniture that simply exudes luxury – it’s from Wills Bisgrove. 

In the current economic circumstances, it’s a great idea to support our local manufacturing industries. The Wills Bisgrove Furniture Workshop and Studio is now back in production with orders up to and beyond Christmas for our valued clientele of Interior Designers, Decorators and Architects now well underway.

Selecting from our Wills Bisgrove Furniture Collection ensures that our team of tradespeople and artisans remain employed, that our suppliers continue in business, and the tradition of high quality, luxury furniture-making continues here in Melbourne. The Wills Bisgrove Furniture enterprise is unique in that it has now been operational and in business, creating handcrafted upholstered furniture, for over 80 years.

Over the last 100 years many of the traditional furniture makers in Australia have ceased production or moved offshore. Today, with cheaper imports flooding the market, only the best has survived. And without doubt Wills Bisgrove Furniture, now located in Camberwell is a prime example of that. Wills Bisgrove offer the very best in handcrafted traditional and contemporary furniture – Design, Comfort and Luxury. When you sink back into an Armchair or Dining Chair from Wills Bisgrove you just know it – Wills Bisgrove Furniture is simply the best.

And there are very good reasons for such assessments.

All Wills Bisgrove Furniture uses solid hardwood framing drawn from quality Australian timbers. F7 Victorian Ash is hand picked and kiln dried. The frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined with sturdy corner blocks. With handsprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge, the seating created is supremely comfortable and is certainly built to last.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a brilliant selection of both traditional and contemporary styles 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 Bisgrove Team are often called upon to craft beautiful, new bespoke pieces created by Designers and Decorators as well as Architects. Wills Bisgrove 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 Bisgrove Team will ensure a perfect rendition of the Designer’s vision every time. Applying craftsmanship and traditional methods, quality finished pieces are produced that please and delight.

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

Don’t hesitate. Browse through our Wills Bisgrove Collection here and call us on 03 9815 0111 to book an appointment or leave your contact details here. Choose Wills Bisgrove and experience the very best in traditional, upholstered furniture.

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

Wills Bisgrove for Restoration and Reupholstery of Heirloom and Antique Furniture

When you travel down High Street in Malvern or Armadale, or perhaps Maling Road, Canterbury, there is a wealth of gorgeous antique and period furniture for sale. Much of it has seen many years of use with the signs of wear and tear becoming increasingly obvious. Alternatively, you may have in your possession family heirlooms (lounge suites, occasional chairs) that have passed through generations and now you wish to restore them. Look no further than Wills Bisgrove for expert appraisal and restoration.

At Wills Bisgrove your antique or heirloom piece will be restored completely utilising the very same time honoured methodology, skills and materials it was originally crafted with. Wills Bisgrove offer a wide selection of fine fabrics and leathers from the world’s leading suppliers. Classic or contemporary, not only will the Wills Bisgrove team of artisans select the authentic material for your piece they will also provide you  with new hand tied springs, wadding and framing, as is required.

Heirloom Antiques and well preserved upholstered furniture can provide a difficult dilemma. Do you repair, restore and reupholster? Or do you simply replace it with new furniture, fashioned traditionally by skilled craftsmen and artisans, using the tried and true methods and materials of the trade?

Often it comes down to the real condition of the piece being considered. Is it merely cosmetic – fabric, springs, webbing or cushioning? Or is it substantial – the frame, the actual integrity of the piece? For instance, if the frame is insect ridden (wood borers or termites) there is really no purpose in restoring it. In this case the Wills team can advise you of a suitable replacement piece.

Wills Bisgrove Furniture, with over 80 years experience in furniture construction and restoration can provide you with a thorough, honest and knowledgeable assessment. If you decide to proceed with restoration, the Wills team of craftsmen and women will restore your furniture piece to its former glory.

Our artisans – upholsterers, machinists and seamstresses will repair and restore the entire piece of furniture, not just its coverings. The Wills Bisgrove team take prided in faithful restorations of exquisite heirloom pieces, recreating the luxury and comfort of the past for your enjoyment. At Wills Bisgrove,  we reupholster and repair lounge suites, sofas, dining chairs, bedheads and ottomans, returning them to you in better condition probably than when first built. It becomes that feature piece of furniture you are simply proud to own and display, but more importantly to sit on and enjoy.

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 ensuring the same gold stamp of excellence identifies a Wills Bisgrove furniture creation or restoration.

For further information on restoration and refurbishment of your antique or period furniture please call us on 03 9815 0111 at Wills Bisgrove or contact us 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.

Wills Bisgrove Classic Design Sofas and Armchairs – Superb Comfort.

Fashion can be fickle. What is in vogue this year may well loose its lustre after several years. The Wills Bisgrove Collection features a superb range of classic sofas, armchairs and occasional chairs. Beautiful, timeless designs that truly stand the test of time, elegant and stylish – you know it’s from Wills Bisgrove immediately. For over 80 years now the Wills Bisgrove team have produced stunning hand crafted, hand-built furniture. Fine fabrics and leathers, superb design – it’s from Wills Bisgrove. 

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a refined selection of stylish designs -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 Bisgrove offers an exquisite range of individual styles, fabrics and finishing from which to choose.

Classic Sofa

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

Classic Chairs

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.

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

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

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Let’s Get Ready For Summer 2022 With Wills Bisgrove

It may be just us here at Wills Bisgrove but this year’s Spring and the thought of the coming Summer is uplifting and exciting. After the long winter of lockdowns and social distancing the promise of warm, Summer days and evenings is inspiring many of us to get through the tedium of restrictions. And from a design perspective this year’s Summer trends promise to be quite different. 

The Summer 2021/2022 London Colour Palette:

  • PANTONE 17-6154. Green Bee. A grassy green that perpetuates nature.
  • PANTONE 13-2003. First Blush. A delicate and tender pink.
  • PANTONE 13-0003. Perfectly Pale. Reminiscent of a sandy beach.
  • PANTONE 16-1348. Tomato Cream. … 
  • PANTONE 19-1223. Downtown Brown. … 

With the featured Pantone colours promising a far more subtle look and a return to an overall more maximalist look it will be natural tones and unpainted wood, terracottas and sunburnt tones combined with plants and collectibles that inspire Interior Designers this year coming. 

With the featured Pantone colours promising a far more subtle look and a return to an overall more maximalist look it will be natural tones and unpainted wood, terracottas and sunburnt tones combined with plants and collectibles that inspire Interior Designers this year coming. 

At Wills Bisgrove we offer a superb range of both classic and contemporary upholstered furniture that will admirably complement this look. It’s lived in and comfortable and this week we offer some clever inspiration with a review of some of our more popular pieces from the Wills Bisgrove Collection. 

The Wills Bisgrove Collection represents the culmination of over 80 years of producing some of Australia’s finest furniture. Preferred by Interior Designers and Decorators, the Wills Bisgrove Collection offers a full range of options in terms of luxury, design and comfort. 

For Interior Designers and Decorators, it’s easy to select fabrics, textiles or leathers to create a unique and stunning effect on any selected furniture.

This week’s display features Contemporary Sofas along with a selection of Contemporary Chairs.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection provides a unique opportunity for Interior Designers and Decorators to demonstrate real flair and innovation utilising handcrafted, hand-built upholstered furniture of the highest quality and appearance. 

Selected Sofas and Chairs can be combined with OttomansDining Chairs and Stools.

The Wills Team will adapt all furniture listed with modifications as required to ensure individual project needs are met and fulfilled.

The Wills Furniture Contemporary Sofa Range

The Wills Furniture Contemporary Armchair Range

Call 03 9815 0111 now to discuss your requirements with our friendly staff. Or leave your contact details on our website here and we will contact you promptly to make a time suitable and convenient for you to call.

At Wills Bisgrove, we work closely with a range of Interior Designers and Interior Decorators. If you require assistance in finding such a suitable professional for selecting and dressing furniture items for your home we are pleased to provide referrals for your consideration.

Wills Furniture provide a full range of services including restoration and reupholstering of traditional and classical furniture.

Design – Luxury – Comfort

At Wills, it’s simply the best

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.