John Ruskin strongly believed that in doing fine labour, we were connected with nature and art. Alongside the major role he played in the Arts and Crafts movement, Ruskin both directly and indirectly supported the formation of the Langdale Linen Industry, The Keswick school of Industrial Arts and the Coniston School of carving. In Kendal, again influenced by Ruskin and the Lakeland arts revival in the late 19th century, Arthur Simpson successfully established his furniture-making business, which ran for over 60 years.
In the 21st Century, Cumbria has an incredible amount of furniture-making talent, creating beautiful, elegant and exciting furniture, and training the next generation to keep those skills alive.
Brantwood is pleased to host a show of furniture made by some of that incredible Cumbrian talent. Included within the show are MJ Cabinetmakers of Keswick, Haverthwaite-based “The Rusland Movement”, Lakeland Bespoke of Kendal, Windermere Fine Furniture, Waters & Acland & Peter Hall & Son of Staveley.