Most upholstery frames are made from Australian eucalypt hardwood - dowelled glued and cramped joints, with sturdy corner blocks - exactly as they were made fifty years ago.

Traditional upholstery is based upon hand sprung, sprung edge seats ( using conical coil springs) - hand laced, and finished with a coconut fibre stitched edge. This is recognized as the most complete traditional seating system and would be approved but the finest tradesman of the early 20th century. It is a skill practiced today by only a few specialist tradespersons - a tradition learnt by the company founder James Cook in the 1930's. It has become the company's hallmark since it's beginning in 1945.

The finest frame-making techniques together with the above seat construction system provides certainty of long life which no written guarantee can match.

As all products are hand made, requested variation to size and detail are a normal part of our production system. Most design illustrations of settees are available as chairs; most chairs are available as settees. Down cushions represent the finest match with hand sprung seats - however in high maintenance areas an alternative low maintenance seat cushion filling may be advisable.

The use of the above traditions increases the labour content and thus the cost of our product/ We believe however that the outcomes in quality, in comfort and in longevity, are a worthy investment, and proudly stand in contrast to the products of a throw-away society.


Whether it is a designer Italian settee, a 1940's Grandfather chair or that piece of furniture that is too good to replace but needs some tender loving care, we are able to fully re-upholster, restore and renew it back into prime condition.