It all started when we were approached by long standing customer Marco Pierre White, to help furnish a luxury hotel. Marco’s passion for traditional Howard and Sons furniture led to Lorfords designing and manufacturing bespoke copies of one of England’s most sought after makers. Our small collection of traditionally constructed and upholstered luxury furniture, known as Lorfords Created, was very well received.
The business has gone from strength to strength with a reputation founded on unsurpassed quality, comfort and durability combined with the timeless style and impeccable taste you would expect from Lorfords.
The new name shows that we have embraced contemporary thinking and priorities, with an absolute focus on sustainability. We believe that sustainable, handcrafted, luxury furniture is what we, our customers and the planet need right now. In our book nothing could be more contemporary than sustainable luxury.
We’re adapting our designs to more sustainable processes and materials, but there will only be minor changes to our much loved sofas and chairs. Our quality and customer service will remain the same.
Our new Vintage Cloth option featuring salvaged English and European hemps and linens is the ultimate in sustainable luxury. These wonderful textured fabrics are hand-dyed in small batches using entirely natural materials, resulting in intense earthy colours.
We recognise that there’s still a long way to go on our journey towards producing some of the most responsible chairs and sofas on the planet and we’d love you to join us.
Luxury doesn’t have to be about excess and unnecessary waste – in fact our furniture has always shared the same principles as the most sustainable products – beautiful design, high quality, responsibly sourced materials and a focus on durability. Our beautiful, timeless furniture is inherently sustainable because it doesn’t go out of fashion and is made to last a lifetime and beyond.
We’ve changed our name to Lorfords Contemporary because we believe that sustainable, handmade, luxury furniture with real provenance is what we and our planet needs right now.
We’ve embraced contemporary natural materials, contemporary thinking and contemporary production techniques and blended them with timeless design to create the antiques of tomorrow. In our book nothing could be more contemporary than sustainable luxury.
Our commitment is to produce furniture with the lightest possible environmental footprint. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we are on a journey towards producing some of the most responsible chairs and sofas on the planet:
Our traditional production techniques are inherently sustainable and ethical - and ensure the quality and durability of our products.
Our frames, components, materials and fabrics are ethically and sustainably sourced.
Wherever possible we avoid toxic chemicals in our production processes.
As a UK business, serving (predominantly) UK clients, the environmental impact of shipping and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Our workshop thrives on sustainable and ethical practice – we like to grow our own craftspeople through apprenticeships, and have even employed generations of the same family.
We are, of course, powered by sustainable energy and carefully manage our waste and recycling.
Our commitment to sustainable materials, processes and practices means that we can’t be the cheapest of the premium furniture manufacturers, but our durability and lifetime impact means that the real cost to you, the planet, and the people within our manufacturing process and supply chain is kept to an absolute minimum.
We are always looking for new ways to improve our carbon footprint and become as sustainable as we can, without compromising our quality in product manufacturing, material specifications, comfort or customer service. In the near future we are planning to launch our first latex foam sofa for the customer who is sensitive to feather and down yet looking for a luxury and sustainable product. We also plan to focus more intensely on our bespoke design services, creating unique designs with unique approaches to construction and therefore innovation to materiality.