Petersfield’s Edward Barnsley Workshop again at Masterpiece exhibition

Edward Barnsley Workshop in Froxfield is now a regular exhibitor at London’s Masterpiece, and will once again participate in this prestigious annual event at The Royal Hospital Chelsea from June 29 to July 5.

Masterpiece London launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day in the heart of London.

The Edward Barnsley Workshop, makers of bespoke furniture, have attended the Masterpiece exhibition since the beginning. The unifying theme for their showcase this year will be monochrome with a white scrubbed oak rocking chair as its centrepiece. Last year the theme was also monochrome but featured black scorched oak furniture. This year the staging will be a dramatic black backdrop and the white rocking chair taking centre stage.

Edward Barnsley rocking chair

Creating the white bespoke handcrafted oak rocking chair involves skilled apprentices bleaching the wood and scrubbing it with an abrasive scouring powder to create the “blonde look.” The startling white rocking chair against the black background will have an ethereal quality as the chair appears to be organically moulded from a single piece of wood. This is largely due to the scrubbed oak finish which makes it hard to see where one piece of wood finishes and another begins.

Edward Barnsley’s Designer-Manager, James Ryan said: “As a designer, I love the feedback and interaction with the visitors coming to Masterpiece excited to see the exhibits. I also enjoy seeing the inspiring art work and pieces on the other stands and meeting the dealers who specialise in selling them.”

Customers visiting the exhibition can be reassured that every piece has met the Masterpiece stringent criteria as every piece has been individually vetted.

Also debuting at Masterpiece – a new white scrubbed oak sidetable will be unveiled. This follows the same design narrative as used on the Rocking chair and the black scorched dining table and develops it in a new format.

Masterpiece is located on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the height of the capital’s summer arts season.