Celebrating classic British furniture

I am regularly sent press releases and updates on current trends and news in the interiors and furniture world.
One recent article that really interested me was an announcement about changes to legislation on furniture  design copyright.  Extending creators’ copyright from 25 years from their death to 70 years.  This would mean that many classic and quintessential British designs which are currently able to be purchased as reproduction items at a fraction of the cost of the original, would under the new legislation have the designers of the original iconic pieces of furniture protected for much longer.

 Under the new legislation which will come into force in January 2017 manufacturers selling unlicensed furniture designs in Britain will risk fines of up to £50,000 and could even risk being sent to jail for up to 10 years. Those owning the designers licence will also most likely begin to charge considerably more for the reproduction of their work.

I love these illustrated images created by Distinctive Chesterfields   celebrating some classic pieces of British furniture, examples of everything from mid-century contemporary pieces (which really makes me feel old as I can remember some of these designs in our home when I was a child in the 1970’s ) !
 that may now be subject to the new copyright legislation, to furniture designs now considered antique.

If you love the vintage and retro trends you might want to search out some of these iconic pieces as it looks like they could well become very valuable indeed !  If you already have originals in your home then lucky you.

The Ercol studio couch

The Nathan supper table

The Roberts radio

Ercol pebble tables

The Nathan sideboard

The Mathmos Lava lamp

The GPO rotary Bakelite telephone

The G Plan sideboard

Beswick flying ducks (remember these on the wall in in Hilda Ogdan’s house in Coronation Street)!

Axminster carpets – Based not far from where I live in Devon

The Anglepoise Lamp



  1. Tiff @ Curate&Display
    June 27, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I'm really glad this legislation is coming into force, I hope it will push other manufacturers to do something a little more original. My parents had Chesterfield furniture everywhere when I was a baby-I can still remember the smell of the leather 🙂

    • karen jones
      June 27, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      I agree on the smell Tiff, really wonderful. Reminds me of my army days, we used to have them in the Mess.

  2. Carole
    June 27, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    If only I had some originals tucked away Karen. Love the images 🙂

    • karen jones
      June 27, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      You and me both Carole !

  3. Karen Knox
    June 27, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Well i've got three on that list so far… I need to get a move on before the prices get sky high!

  4. Molly and the Princess
    June 27, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Sadly I have none of those originals – I hanker after some Ercol pebble tables. I too agree with this legislation, I think it respects the original designers, but I'm also sad that it means people of less means won't get to enjoy the designs in reproduction – after all some (like the Eames chairs) were always meant to be affordable design.

  5. littlebigbell
    June 27, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    So good to see design classics being protected. I really regret ebaying off my original Ercol day bed.

  6. FreshDesignBlog.com
    June 27, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Where would we be without these classics? A great collection of some good old favourites.

  7. Old Fashioned Susie
    June 27, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Agree completely with this new legislation- as Tiff said, should encourage new ideas

  8. Pippa
    June 28, 2016 / 8:38 am

    That's a really interesting piece Karen, I hadn't realised that this was coming into force – time to hunt down some originals! x

  9. cate
    June 30, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Very interesting, I always think the original designer should be fully credited for their creativity, and hopefully it will stop some manufacturers being a bit lazy. I just sold some Ercol chairs to get rid of stuff before my house move, maybe now i'm regretting it a little bit! x

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