About us

At 23chairs we specialise in retro vintage furniture, furnishings, home wares and upcycled furniture. We recreate tired and forgotten pieces bringing them back to life with innovative and contemporary designs or sympathetically restore to bring back its true beauty. At 23 chairs we have a diverse and eclectic range, with a running theme of great design, and quality craftsmanship. By reinvesting in Retro, vintage or upcycled furniture we can reduce, reuse and help environment.

Our pieces are carefully selected to inspire and delight our customers and we pride ourselves on offering good quality, beautiful and fairly priced furniture that is finished to a very high standard. Furthermore all of our upcycled pieces are completely unique and provide you the opportunity to own a truly one off, bespoke items.

You can find 23Chairs on Facebook and Twitter, as 23Chairs, or follow weekly progress, with up and coming furniture on my Wordpress Blog.

The story Behind 23Chairs

23chairs was started in 2011. Number 23 was where Martin lived until he was 22 here as a child he took great pleasure in his fathers shed. In the very early days it was quite destructive with the hammer being tool of choice but as he grew so did his ability making sledges, crossbow, go-karts and alike. After finding his interest in furniture martin started to take old 20th century chairs and restore them to there former glory. Now in 2011 it was only fitting that the company name took some reflection on where it all started.

Martin undertook a BA(Hons) in Furniture Design, in 2001. It was here his love of furniture design and the craftsmanship involved with producing furniture was born, over the three years Martin learnt the classic skills needed in furniture making. In his third year he won the DupontSa student Furninture Design awards, and went on to exhibit at New designers 2004 and Gainsborough Design UK Section 2004.

After obtaining a 2:1 Martin went on to work as a Cabinet maker working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. After travelling Martin returned to the UK and settled in Reading. Now seven years on Martins dream of starting his own furniture business has become reality.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information at 23chairs@gmail.com. In the meantime we hope that you enjoy browsing our website.