A Rare William Birch Three Piece Suite


A Rare William Birch Three Piece Suite in the arts and crafts style. Manufactured in High Wycombe around 1900. Stained beech, original and restored cane. New squab cushions in Fermoie printed linen fabric.

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A rare and elegant, Arts & Crafts, William Birch caned sofa and two armchairs, c.1900, fully-restored by our master craftspeople. The  handmade, buttoned squab cushions are a highly-pigmented, 100% linen by Fermoie.

William Birch of High Wycombe was a furniture designer who specialised in chair making in the Arts & Crafts style. Renowned for his rush and cane seating, over a century later, these pieces are still highly prized for their comfort.

Birch supplied furniture to Liberty & Co of London. Both companies saw the value in mirroring the Arts & Crafts style but at a more accessible price-point than the custom made pieces by William Morris and his contemporaries of the ‘Cotswold School’.

Whilst Birch’s pieces were produced partly by machines they retained handcrafted, Arts & Crafts qualities, such as exposed joints and quarter sawn hardwoods.

Fermoie was a natural progression for Farrow & Ball founders, Tom Helme and Martin Ephson. It allowed for them to take their deep expertise in colour and light to a textural dimension

Their unique design and printing technique allows layers of colour, on the textured weaves, to shine through and interact with the prevailing light.

Using natural dyes, printed onto their own basecloths, Fermoie believe that beautiful fabrics should not come at the expense of the environment. They support a more sustainable textile industry by using natural raw materials, water-based pigments and recyclable or biodegradable packaging.


Sofa – 105cm wide, 54cm deep, 88cm high
Large chair – 57.5cm wide, 53cm deep, 105cm high
Small chair – 51.5cm wide, 50cm deep, 95cm high

Additional information

Weight 40 kg
Dimensions 54 × 105 × 88 cm

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