The Marchmont Workshop

Marchmont Workshop, the first UK facility for traditional rush-seated chairs in 54 years, led by Sam Cooper and Richard Platt, blends heritage and innovation in the Scottish Borders.

The Marchmont Workshop

Edition 3 Feature
Words by: Sam Cooper and Richard Platt 
Location: Scottish Borders, UK 
Photo Credits: We Are Makers (Documentary stills)
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The Marchmont Workshop, established at the start of 2020, is the first new facility making traditional rush-seated chairs to open in the UK in 54 years. Set up by chair makers Sam Cooper and Richard Platt, we specialise in historic ladder-back chairs in the style of Philip Clissett and Ernest Gimson ‚Äď a style with a legacy that began in 1890. 

Chair making was once a vibrant, almost ubiquitous village craft, with endless regional variations, but the number of practitioners steadily dwindled. Indeed, in 2018, we started an apprenticeship with Lawrence Neal, then the last rush-seated chair maker in the UK. We are now reviving the practice as the sixth generation of chair makers since Clissett‚Äôs day. 

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