Aviation furniture Cool, Clean, Sleek And Unique For The Man Who Has Everything
You know by now, I can wax lyrical about Stamford until the cows come home, but I won’t. If you’ve not been – stop messing about and come on over, you won’t regret it. If you’ve not been in a while – hurry back, we miss you, and if you’re local – we probably know where you live so come and say hello, or else. Theres lots to do in lovely Stamford, so make a day of it and visit Smithers Gift Shop for the man who has everything
As usual, I’ve gone off the beaten track and not for the first time. In all honesty, it happened just last week whilst walking Snoop – took a wrong turn and ended in an overgrown field that I couldn’t find my way out of. At 11pm. Idiot.
I digress. Again.
It suddenly occurred to me that I have never discussed Smithers Aviation Furniture Collection with you in any great detail, and as one of our best selling lines, I thought it long overdue. My heart and soul have gone into building this range thanks to a childhood love of vintage aircraft like The Red Baron, wartime stories told by my Grandad and a deep rooted passion for good leather and all things shiny. For those who like their interior to come with a twist of cool chrome and a style thats precise yet welcoming, then Aviation furniture is the way forward. Clean lines are softened by worn, chocolate leather whilst industrial rivets showcase superb craftsmanship. This collection is strong, reassuring and first class in quality.
I am a big fan of chairs. I admit – I have too many, but, I have always believed a chair to be the most welcoming piece of furniture, inviting visitors to come in and stay a while. Which is fine, as long as its people that I actually want to visit!! Scrap that, maybe I’m just a man that appreciates a comfortable seat after all!! Lets kick this off with The Aviator Chair, the ultimate in comfort and style. The chrome back and rivet detailing are beyond cool, the curvaceous Italian leather seat that practically curls round you is supremely comfortable and the swivel is smoother than a Ferrari gearbox. If you want to give your office an aviation flavour, then this is the piece for you. The Aviator Chair works brilliantly with any classic style desk, be it wood, metal or leather and guarantees an element of “dog bollocks” superiority, should it be required. You cannot help but feel important in this chair – it demands it of you.
For those of you who prefer the subtle approach but refuse to compromise on style or comfort, then we strongly suggest the Aviation Swivel Leather Office Desk Chair. The distressed tan leather is super soft so you can imagine what a pleasure it is to rest your weary bones in this beauty. The dark iron frame is the perfect contradiction to the lighter toned leather and intricate stitch detail, whilst the teak armrests provide the perfect finish. I’ve seen this chair used in many office spaces, not to mention my own, and it works in the majority. My favourite styling for the Aviator Swivel though would have to be amongst the minimalistic tones of a warehouse loft theme. It compliments the simple frame perfectly, and lets the chair dictate the space in its own right.
Some of my favourite pieces in this collection come in the form of home decor accessories – the finishing touches you add to really put your stamp on somewhere. Clocks, lamps, wall art, ornaments – all vital items when it comes to making a place your own. The Vintage Aviator Clock is a brilliant example of this. The Roman numeral face offers classic longevity but the interlocking aluminium panels and riveted metal give this timepiece the most subtle of aviation twists that I guarantee will grasp the attention of envious visitors. I love this clock – they make brilliant gifts, especially for those from an RAF background. Well, they do if you can bring yourself to part with it.
If you ever pay a visit to Smithers of Stamford HQ, it soon becomes apparent that, along with chairs, I also have a slight issue with wall art. No reason, I just like it. A lot. Boring walls ain’t my bag. So, it won’t come as a surprise that I have not one, but three preferences to decorate your walls with, and that was the narrowed down options! Nothing says aviation like an actual aircraft! Thats right folks, Mr Smithers ultimate wall piece comes in the shape of our magnificent replica Vought F4U Plane. With a wingspan of 120cm, I know full well we don’t all have the space to accommodate such an extravagant item, but if theres the most minuscule of chances you can, then do it!! Having a vintage, replica plane strung from the ceiling will up your game in the aviation style stakes beyond your wildest dreams and transform your space into a place thats fun and proper cool. The paintwork and hand painted decals on these beasts are second to none and the closest thing to the real deal I’ve ever seen. In all sincerity, I think Man Caves were invented to house such awesome pieces. My son Teddie also absolutely loves these American WWI fighter planes – granted, they’re not the cheapest form of children’s bedroom Home decor, but they certainly are the best, so if you’re in search of a themed bedroom for your little ones, look no further.
Guns have a bad reputation I know, and rightly so in some cases, but theres no harm in hanging a replica on your wall. Smither’s AK47 certainly looks the part (you wanna try posting the damn thing), and will definitely add a military touch to any wall. Our rifle is of World War II design, handmade from iron and showcases what amazing engineering went into manufacturing these antique style firearms. They really do look very striking hanging on a man cave wall, and who knows, they may even ward off any unwanted visitors?! I was thinking burglars as opposed to the mother-in-law.
Our RAF boys parade our flag with pride so its only right that Smithers would do the same. Our vintage Union Jack Flags hang from bamboo poles and create the perfect backdrop for any aviation themed room. They are the perfect piece for anyone not brave enough to go for the statement wall, as they are a decent size without being overpowering. I cannot tell you how popular these are, and with men and women of all ages. We appear to be a patriotic lot at heart, and I guess with the Euro’s on at the moment, theres no better time to flaunt your love for all things British! Better to purchase a flag that represents your patriotic blood and offers longevity as a brilliant piece of aviation wall art too though! Lets just hope we manage to beat Germany this year – not that I’m bitter. Much.
Dining rooms in need of an aviation furniture makeover have also been requested recently, so I spent some time looking at new dining chair options and was over the ruddy moon to discover the Aviator Iron Brown Leather Office Chair. The leather strap backrest and twin tubed barrel legs won me over immediately. Then the luxurious, soft brown leather and handmade detailing won me over again. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy your fodder (some may say a little too much and those people are tossers), then a comfortable dining chair is vital. I cannot abide going out to dinner to enjoy a lovely meal that is completely ruined by awkward chairs that are impossible to find comfort on. The Iron Chair offers supreme comfort enabling you, and me, to dine in peace. I loathe people with the attitude ‘a chairs, a chair’. I couldn’t disagree more and if you truly appreciate this stunning, unique dining chair as I do, then you’ll be in total agreement thats its so much more than a chair.
All dining rooms need illumination and Smithers Mohawk Tripod Floor Lamp is the perfect accompaniment to create your aviation glow. This floor lamp has real presence in a room, not solely because of the sheer size (the tripod extends from 4ft up to 6ft), but because of the deliberately heavy detailing, boxed head and four, uncompromising spotlights. I’m sure this lamp wouldn’t look at of place situated at an investigation site at Area 51, but at least I can confirm, its offer aviation styling most rooms of the house and work place.
As usual, I’ve decided to save the best for last. Its a habit I refuse to break, along with swearing and vaping. Most clients usually come to me in search of aviation furniture for their living space, be it a lounge, den or family room so with this in mind I thought it best to share my favourite coffee tables and armchairs from the Aviation Range.
We all need a coffee table, regardless of whether its for drinks, magazines or your feet, they are a vital piece of furniture that can often be the central focal point to your room, so its got to be good. We offer two aviation inspired tables at Smithers; The Mohawk – rectangular and The Spitfire – circular. Both are made from riveted aluminium and aerodynamically inspired by the historical fighter planes of WWII. I have no preference for either shape, its merely about what suits the individual but they are both first class pieces that compliment two of my all time favourite armchairs – The Gladiator and The Spitfire. Sounds like a film?!
The Gladiator is the slightly more traditional of the two with its rounded back, curve rolled armrests and stitch detailing but the riveted metal sides and back, transform this classic piece into a chair thats bang on trend and right at the top of its game. The distressed Italian leather is beyond sublime and whilst the Gladiator is neat and smart, it is undeniably comfortable.
For a slightly more contemporary design, my final piece is The Spitfire – the Daddy of all Aviator Armchairs. The minute I laid eyes on this bad boy, I wanted it. The Spitfire is quite simply the coolest chair. Probably ever. The soft distressed leather and riveted metal work are of the same spec as the Gladiator but the modern angular shape and boastful headrest that easily adjusts for extra comfort transforms this chair into a whole new level of aviation awesomeness!! The Spitfire means business, looks ready for battle and I still want it.
Well good people of the world, this is your Captain speaking. I hope you’ve enjoyed todays flight through the glorious sights and sounds of Smithers Aviation Range. We will be disembarking within the next few minutes but if we can be of service to you in any way regarding this collection, then please do not hesitate to approach the cockpit aka Smithers HQ.
Until next time my friends – stay classy.
Long time no see lovely people!!