Since the nationwide National Antiques Week campaign last November, I’ve had a lot of emails asking me where the chair I’m sitting on in the poster (below) came from. That particular example is owned by the photographer who took the shot, Graham Rae, but I’m delighted to say that if you like it, it’s not unique, meaning you can buy one too. Last week Oliver Learmonth of Brighton’s marvellous In My Room contacted me to say that he has been championing this chair for years. He always aims to have a great selection in stock, offering them in original leather and ‘refreshed’ new upholstery in a variety of colours. The other question I’ve been asked over and over again is ‘Who made them and when’? Well, they’re model no.6250, by Ebenezer Gomme’s famous ‘G Plan’ company, and date from the 1960s. The designer was apparently Paul Conti, but that is unconfirmed. Their February 1963 catalogue enthuses over them by saying that it’s ‘a chair of uncompromising dimensions and comfort, amply meriting …

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It’s not that I’ve been lazy since the New Year (doesn’t that seem like a long time ago?!) with my blog. It’s just that my time has been completely taken up with my next book – on Caithness Glass. Although planning started over two years ago, for various reasons I wasn’t able to start it properly until late last year. It then had to be produced to a very tight schedule, meaning that every weekend and evening so far this year has been spent, researching, digesting information, typing, and tweaking. A research trip to Perth was also nearly life-threatening as I tried not to come off the road in the ice whilst criss-crossing snow bound Scotland seeking out ex-designers, glassmakers, and key figures. The things I do for glass! I’m delighted to say that it’s now nearly finished, with only a few hurdles to go. I finished the cover yesterday, and you can see it below. The back cover sums up the contents of the book the best by saying, “Since it was founded in 1961, Caithness Glass has become …

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