Sir Gordon Russell
A pioneer of furniture making and design.
Born in 1892, he believed that through good design, the skilled handcrafts of British cabinet making could marry with the great opportunities offered by modern machines and technology. His company went onto work at the forefront of European furniture making and in 1955 Gordon Russell was awarded a knighthood for his services to design. In 2008 the Gordon Russell Design Museum was established in the original Gordon Russell workshop in Broadway, Worcestershire. The museum provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of Sir Gordon Russell and his company. Visit the museum website on www.gordonrusselldesignmuseum.org
Gordon Russell - One of the original innovators in designing the modern workplace.
In 2008 William Hands acquired the Gordon Russell brand and designs to continue the Gordon Russell philosophy.
A specialist team of craftsmen and designers at William Hands undertake commissions to make inspiring pieces of unique furniture for business, government and individuals around the world. These craftsmen employ traditional furniture making skills alongside advanced manufacturing technology and equipment, aided by computer generated design software to achieve outstanding quality products. For inspiration and to see examples of their work, view the William Hands Case Studies on this website. If you would like to talk about a commission call a member of the team on 01494 524222 or email gordonrussellfurniture@WilliamHands.com
Gordon Russell Legacy
Each year BA students at The Rycotewood Furniture Centre, City of Oxford College participate in the Gordon Russell Project as part of their degree studies. The project is sponsored by William Hands working in partnership with the Furniture Makers Livery Company, the Gordon Russell Design Museum and Rycotewood Furniture Centre. We build on the Gordon Russell philosophy to create a challenging brief for students to design and make furniture that expresses their individual style and has relevance to the modern market place.
The finished work is assessed by a panel of judges and the best pieces are displayed as part of the Student Exhibition held each autumn at Furniture Makers Hall in London. www.furnituremakers.org.uk
To learn more about Gordon Russell Furniture, call a member of the team on 01494 524222 or email gordonrussellfurniture@WilliamHands.com