07/23/2013 04:28 pm ET Updated Sep 22, 2013

Design Notebook: The Best 1950s-Style Armchairs

Barker & Stonehouse was founded on Teesside in 1946 and stakes its claim as Britain's largest independent family-run furniture retailer. This month it opens its ninth store, and its first one futher south than Nottingham. The 25,000 sq ft space in Battersea, London, will house a series of exclusives, including Ercol's latest release: the Blotch Studio Couch, whose 1950s shape has been updated with textiles by Timorous Beasties.

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