Gateshead furniture firm benefits from TV exposure

A Gateshead furniture company has benefited from national exposure after it was asked to create a bespoke gold sofa for the latest series of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show on Channel 4

David Robinson owner of The Original Sofa Co
David Robinson owner of The Original Sofa Co

A Gateshead furniture company has benefited from national exposure after it was asked to create a bespoke gold sofa for the latest series of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show on Channel 4.

The Original Sofa Co, based at Team Valley, says it is one of the few makers in the UK to produce artisan sofas using traditional construction methods and labour-intensive hand dying techniques, meaning one Chesterfield can take up to 13 working days to make and can cost up to £12,000.

Owner David Robinson was asked to create a four-seater Rockingham sofa in gold foil leather for Carr’s guests.

“My wife was particularly pleased to see Justin Timberlake on it while the guys in the workshop enjoyed seeing Rihanna perching on it,” he said of the £4,000 sofa, which took six days to make.

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