I was watching a programme recently on the skills of true British craftsmen within companies that have been making furniture historically renowned for quality and excellence. There must be companies in other countries but the one I’m alluding to still sells very well known settees. I can’t recall them mentioning any other type of chairs but they make very deep set leather sofas. We watched the whole process from the customer deciding on colour and spec, to the workshop selecting the materials and starting off the framework. Each sofa was handled with such pride by one muscular chap – the love of the product was almost overwhelming at times as they demonstrated to camera each stageof their task. It takes about 21 days to complete one of those sofas and needless to say their price tag reflects the hand made quality. The firm are so proud of their worldwide status that they don’t need to apologise for the cost. There are queues of well heeled families waiting for a famous heirloom sofa of their own.