Hugh’s News – January 2013

hughTo feel good or NOT to feel good in 2013?

We call our chairs ‘feelgood’ furniture, so it worries me when the news is all about hard times and austerity. Yikes! Will anyone actually feel good enough in 2013 to buy our chairs?

Well we just had a fantastic weekend with some friends near Stratford…  and I was amazed how many feelgood moments we managed to enjoy. The sun shone and we took their dog for a great walk. We went to see the Winter’s Tale at the RSC – wonderful production of a rather weird play (sorry Will). Then Sunday morning the sun was still shining, and these deer were out sunning themselves in Charlecote Park…

What a treat for the eyes…
Then a pub lunch in a classic Cotswold village with a pint of Uley bitter to finish things off nicely.

I found myself asking “what’s not to feel good about here?”

So my view is we will have the year we want to have. And I personally am looking forward to a cracking year for our business. I hope you have one too.

What is the point of a garden room?

I love the fact that we have different views all year round from our garden room. Rachel can sit for hours counting and spotting the birds on our bird feeders…view from our garden room but these poor quails (fairly traded, I assure you, from somewhere in South East Africa) were feeling the chill a fortnight ago.

But the ability to enjoy your garden all year round is surely one of the most special aspects of a nice conservatory or garden room. What do you enjoy looking at from the inside of yourconservatory or garden room? If you have a nice photo, please share it with us. We’ll enter you in our photo competition (the prize is a £50 voucher for Chandni Chowk products, to be awarded at the end of each quarter).

Talking of garden rooms, we were delighted to form a new partnership at the end of 2012 with David Salisbury Ltd. They are the market leader in wooden garden rooms and conservatories. They have bought a complete sofa set for their own HQ reception area in Highbridge, and have decided to promote us to their customers. Alex Cole their Sales Director said:

“This is the first conservatory furniture we have found which is suitable for the design and quality of our structures. It blends perfectly with the standard of our product and we are very pleased to recommend Fair Trade Furniture to our customers. We have the Semarang range in our company reception area which makes the room look bright and welcoming to our visitors.”

Here’s an example of one of their beautiful conservatories.
David Salisbury orangery








Not bad hey? Do I hear you say “all it needs is some decent furniture”?

What’s new for 2013?


There’s plenty of new stuff coming through when we get to the start of our season in March. One thing I did want to draw to your attention right away is a new floorlight in the Semarang range.

It’s a beautiful sculptural piece which Tord has designed for us, using the trademark mindi wood as the frame, with panels woven in seagrass; the light comes with low-energy bulbs included. Some of you may have seen the prototype at the shows last year. Well we are now taking pre-orders; the product will be ready to ship in April. The price is £295. Let us know if you are interested; so we can put your name on our waiting list.

Pre-Spring Offer

We are currently offering 20% off any purchases made before the end of February 2013. So if you have been hankering after some of our furniture, now is a very good time to buy. Also note: our prices unfortunately are having to go up on March 1st so that is another reason to buy now rather than waiting til later in the year. To take advantage of this offer, please call us on 01722 340882 or email.

Finally, one other thing that is new for 2013 is the format of these newsletters. I decided it was time to give more thought to what our supporters might find interesting. I hope we have succeeded in that, but I’d really value your feedback. Any thoughts on what sort of subjects you’d like to hear about in future newsletters please just email

Best wishes



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