Best Of British Design

Plumen, Conran, SCP .......

We are proud at Cimmermann to showcase some of the very best British brands and designers, here are some of our favourites –

Content By Conran

The brainchild of design guru Terence Conran, Content By Conran makes functional and affordable furniture including tables, storage and sofas. Established in 2003 with the ethos –

“We believe thoughtful design really does improve the quality of our lives.”

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Jens Risom

Mid-Century Master

Jens Risom, who was born in Copenhagen in 1916, describes himself as a Danish-born, American designer, not a Danish designer. His father Sven Risom was an award-winning architect and Risom says he lived with wonderful design for years before he “really got into it professionally.”
He attended the School for Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he became close to Hans Wegner, one of the few designers whose furniture he has in his own home. He trained under Kaare Klint, the principal founder of the furniture school at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1938, he left for the United States where he thought he’d have a better chance of making a name for himself. One of the first designers to bring the traditional Scandinavian values of function and craftsmanship to the United States, Risom was part of a new vanguard that helped establish post-war America’s leadership role in the world of modern furniture design and manufacturing.

At ninety-four years of age Jens Risom collaborated with Rocket and Benchmark, who jointly secured the European rights to reissue his 1950s and 1960s furniture designs.

This first collection of nine pieces has been creatively directed by Jonathan Stephenson of Rocket and made by Sean Sutcliffe and Terence Conran’s Benchmark Furniture company in their Dorset and Berkshire workshops – with the close involvement of Risom himself. These pieces are available in oak and walnut versions and are upholstered in a variety of Kvadrat fabrics and Elmo leathers. Some of the stunning range can be seen below.

Jens Risom - Desk and Chair
T742 Desk & Chair in stunning orange leather
T742 Desk by Rocket
Incredible detail and finish of the T742 Desk drawer
T742 Desk by Rocket
more detailing of the T742 desk
Jens Risom - U430 Chair
U430 Chair is a stunning piece of mid-century design
U430 Chair by Rocket
Detail of the U430 chair finished in oak
U430 Chair by Risom
walnut detailed arms on the U430 Chair by Risom
Jens Risom Furniture
U620 Bench in a variety of colours

The T742 Desk is our favourite, the leather top with the internal drawer is design genius.

We are pleased to be one of the exclusive stockists of Rocket / Risom furniture – we hope you love it as much as we do!

The Team at Cimmermann


Armchairs – Top 5 Of All Time

An armchair is an investment and we think should be something you buy once and is passed down through the generations.

Our 5 Favourites are –

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair

The most easily recognisable lounge chair and ottoman of Modern furniture design.  Charles Eames’ declared aim for this chair was to combine the utmost comfort with high-end materials and high-quality finishing. The result: a modern interpretation of the traditional club armchair boasting a convincingly well thought-out construction, right down to its tiniest details. Just as he intended, the chair conveys the impression of a soft, well-used baseball glove, inviting the user to sink back into it. This chair is a true design classic is is bought by you to be enjoyed by you and then your children, then theirs and so it goes on.

Black Eames Lounge Chair
New Black Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – what do you think?
Eames Lounge Chair
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with a Cherry Shell and Black Leather
Ernest Race Heron Chair

A true British classsic – the Heron chair fuses exceptional comfort with dynamic sculptural form. The chair is a contemporary of similar designs by Eames and Saarinen with a British familiarity. Still made in the UK its design incorporates technically challenging upholstery techniques.

Heron Armchair
Heron armchair by Ernest Race – so simple and timeless design
Ernest Race Heron Chair
Ernest Race Heron Armchair as seen in an advert from the 1950’s
Content By Conran Glove Chair

Glove is an iconic armchair designed by the Godfather of British furniture – Terence Conran. Available in different finishes including a new anthracite shell we are sure there is something for everyone with this chair. A Design Classic of the future. The name of the chair is a reflection of the way the chair cocoons you and surrounds you. Its look is almost futuristic and gives it a very distinct appearance.

Conran Glove Armchair
Content By Conran Glove Armchair, stunning contrast with the white leather and black shell
Glove Black Chair
Glove Armchair in all black – so cool!!!
Vitra Cite Armchair

Cité armchair is one of Jean Prouvé’s early masterpieces, designed for a competition for furnishing the halls of residence at Nancy’s cité universitaire. Prouvé himself used this armchair with its dynamic appearance, its characteristic coated sheet steel rockers and broad leather arm support straps in the living room of his house. The base/frame is made of moulded sheet steel. The seat and back is in a single piece of fabric or leather with a polyurethane foam headrest cushion. The armrests are made of natural leather straps giving a soft and warm feel.

Vitra cite by Jean Prouve
Cite chair by Jean Prouve looks sublime in this setting
Cite by Jean Prouve
Vitra Cite Armchair the warmth of the leather arm straps is really highlighted in this picture
Vitra Cite
Cite Armchair simple design that will not date, only improve with age

SCP Balzac Armchair

An iconic armchair designed by British designer Matthew Hilton for SCP. Made with a solid beech frame with steel springs and elasticated webbing covered in multi-density foam with feather cushions, the comfort Balzac offers is second to none. A design that has come to epitomize SCP and their ethics. We love this armchair and as with all our other favourites your are just wearing this chair in for your children!!!

SCP Balzac chair
SCP Balzac chair in Utah Russett tan leather is a true Design Classic
SCP Balzac Armchair
Balzac against Concrete

Whichever is your favourite you cant go wrong with the design and quality our favourite Armchairs offer, we love them all.

The Team at Cimmermann

Image Credits and Links –

Ernest Race / Race Furniture

Content By Conran