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Classic, iconic, romantic, edgy. Why British design is perfect for the modern home

From an archetypal leather Chesterfield adding contrast to a contemporary living room to a 1940s-inspired chaise bringing the ‘wow’ factor to a modern apartment, we celebrate the classic, the iconic, the romantic and the edgy aspects of British design.
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British design is respected and admired all over the world, for good reason. It’s rooted in centuries of heritage, craftsmanship and invention.

The birth of Cool Britannia in 1997 gave the British art world, and the youngsters just starting out at the time, a new confidence and optimism in Britain as a world-leading force to be reckoned with. Now these youngsters have matured, a whole new generation of home grown talent creating internationally award-winning work.

Now you can bring the style and innovation of British design into your home at an affordable price, with some of our most popular collections for living, dining and sleeping.


Many of our British designed sofas and chairs are up to date interpretations of heritage inspired styles in soft leather, fine fabric – or beautiful mixes of both. Our New England collection celebrates iconic British style, and is made exclusively for Furniture Village by Alexander and James. Sofas and chairs in finished natural leathers, soft velvets, linen blends and British wools sit together beautifully. And there’s plenty of modern comfort built in, so it’s easy to relax and unwind.

Choose the classic style of the New England Hartford sofa, or opt for the Nantucket armchair with its hand turned legs and neat scrolled arms, lavishly buttoned and upholstered in soft leather or velvety fabric.

The New Romance collection blends the traditional and the modern, with seating in a mix of fabric and leather offering the best of all worlds. The New Romance Giselle sofa is fabulously multi-textured, with leather upholstery and matching and contrasting fabric upholstered, feather-filled scatters. The inviting Betsy armchair has modern detailing, with a sophisticated, contemporary fluted back and striking metallic studding.


If you love British heritage but also appreciate modern design you’ll adore the many looks within the Halo collection. Each piece is made to last, from the finest materials.

The Halo Kingston Mews 3 seater leather sofa epitomises iconic British heritage, with the classic Chesterfield style reinvented for the 21st century. The striking Halo Bexley Leather Daybed is inspired by the 1940s, but would fit right into any ultra-modern apartment. And the Halo Cloud Corner Sofa is smart, modern and ultimately modular, matching contemporary good looks with superb goose-down-filled comfort.

You can build on the contemporary British style with the edgy, square cornered and coolly functional Shoreditch collection, eco-friendly dining and living furniture crafted from reclaimed pine and accented with smooth, charcoal-painted brushed metal. It includes everything from a wood and metal dining table and chairs to open bookshelves and a coffee table with storage. The Shoreditch dining table comes with chairs with cantilever legs and a stylish dining bench. Industrial chic, fabulous in any contemporary setting.

From the Spitfire and Concorde, the angle poise lamp, the Mini and the London Tube map through to the Dyson, the Gherkin and the London Eye – British design is absolutely iconic. So, if you want to add a splash of timeless style to your home, British designed furniture could be the perfect choice.


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