Handmade Furniture. Our Story.
The Odd Chair Company and Victoria James are fine furniture makers of classic, contemporary and bespoke furniture in the UK today.
Established over 50 years ago, the family run business prides themselves on making the finest furniture and offering clients an exceptional service. The furniture is made passionately by time served craftsmen at their own workshops in the north west of England.
They offer a design service for both Interior Designers and private clients, produced from your own drawings or maybe just an idea you have. However you wish to send an idea over they can create a unique design for you.
The company also specialises in replicating fine antique upholstery by hand making a chair or sofa from an original design to make an identical pair or a set
All furniture is manufactured at the workshops based at the head office, which also houses the timber workshop and fabric library
Our Furniture Collection
Our furniture has earned an international reputation for being exquisitely made and beautifully finished. Our passion for design and making comfortable furniture is evident in the wide selection of designs we offer from benches to sofas. We are constantly creating new designs, if you wish to sign up to our newsletter you will receive updates on the new designs.
Victoria James Collection
We have been designing and producing acrylic furniture for the last 10 years under the Victoria James brand. Acrylic is used to create exciting designs with endless possibilities
The collection consists of consoles, coffee tables and side tables, as well as producing bespoke pieces of furniture for the discerning client worldwide.
We offer a home visit service where we can arrange any design to be brought to your home for you to try in situ. We are happy to advise on the best designs and our website helps you decide by making suggestions of designs that work well together. Please contact us for more details regarding home visits.
What our clients say
A short message to say how pleased we are with the bench seat, extremely comfortable, spacious and stylish. It has already been much praised and admired.
Mr and Mrs K, Perthshire.
Sue and James have helped us furnish and design the interiors of our last two houses. Their advice and guidance has been invaluable, providing us with information, ideas and a design service which understood what we wanted (and did not simply tell us what we should do!). Over the years we have also acquired many soft furnishing and items of furniture from the Odd Chair Company, without exception we have been pleased with them. It has been a pleasure to deal with Sue, James and the team – nothing has ever been too much trouble – five stars!
Mr and Mrs R, Yorkshire.
We just wanted to say thank you for the furniture you recently made for each of our rooms, we are really pleased with the quality and comfort and the bespoke items look as if they have been with us for years. It was a pleasure doing business with you and your friendly and approachable manner made the project seem effortless, which given it’s size, was very welcome. From the initial design to selection of fabrics, you have been faultless and we appreciate the time and effort you have spent on our home. We would have no hesitation recommending you to our friends who have already been wowed by our new furniture.
Mr and Mrs T, Yorkshire.
My armchair has just been delivered and I had to email straight away to say a big “Thank you” it is absolutely beautiful and beyond my expectations!!
Mrs S, London.
I am over the moon with the furniture. The chairs are exactly what I dreamed of. Thank you so very, very much.
Mrs K, Surrey.
We feature and recommend The Odd Chair company in the magazine as we are always impressed with their quality and individuality.
Kate French, Homes & Gardens Magazine.
My husband and I spent two years converting our 1850 Victorian house into a modern eco-friendly home.
Our vision to capture its traditional character with contemporary furnishings that seamlessly married the old with the new proved challenging until we came across an image of the Lennox Chair.
An elegant interpretation of a timeless classic, it stands proudly in our front reception room. Combining artisan craftsmanship with aesthetic beauty is hallmark to The Odd Chair Company.
Their talented team of hidden designers create more than just beautiful chairs. They delivered solutions throughout every turn of the decorating stage with impressive service and attention to detail.
In the end, every floor of our eco-home is adorned by bespoke pieces of glorious furniture made exclusively by The Odd Chair Company.
Mr and Mrs M, London.
Please thank everyone involved in making and delivering the bergere. It is beautiful, fits perfectly and we’re thrilled to bits with it!
Mrs T. Kent, Hook.
We are both amazed at the way they have completely transformed the room and it has never looked better. The upholstery colour goes terribly well with the ‘hunting’ wallpaper and somehow pulls it all together. They are so comfortable and achieve everything we set out to do so we are thrilled – thank you so much for all your help – it has all been enjoyable and easy.
We hope to find another project one of these days but in the meantime all the best and very best wishes.
We hand make all our furniture drawing upon 100 years of cabinet making and upholstery knowledge. Our Frames are made using solid timber that is of the highest quality. Each is dowelled, glued, screwed and corner blocked hence why we guarantee them for 40 years. We use the finest materials such as hair, hessian and wool wadding and you have a choice of cushion fillings depending upon your preference. Most importantly what comes of making chairs and sofas correctly is simply the comfort.
All our chairs and sofas are fully sprung and some designs have additional comfort provided by a feather and down pack hand stitched over the upholstery, see for example, our Waverley Armchair.
Our special Handmade Collection comprises unique designs that are still hand carved by master carvers and lovingly hand French polished. We still very much hold to the idea that finishing by hand gives the wood a greater depth of colour and brings out the grain.
We have over 30 finishes available on Beech, Mahogany, Oak or Walnut. Our standard finishes are on Beech and Mahogany, with solid Oak and Walnut available at extra cost. In addition, we offer water gilding and painted finishes too. Alternatively, we are able to match a stain and finish to your own furniture or sample. Click here to see our finishes. If you would like to receive samples then please contact us.
We offer several ways in which you can personalise your furniture from individual stud detail, valances, loose covers, fitted arm-caps and contrast piping or trims.
All our furniture is available with the option of fabric protection applied prior to delivery for peace of mind.