At the Salone del Mobile show, William Warren's chair was spotted by the London manufacturer and retailer 'Case' who decided to put it into production. Case was established in 2006 and is the creation of British furniture pioneers Sheridan Coakley and Paul Newman.
Sheridan Coakley is a well-known figure in British furniture design industry. He set up the furniture brand SCP twenty years ago, at a time when there were very few producers of modern furniture in Britain. He has been credited with launching the careers of design luminaries such as Matthew Hilton, Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison. He has unrivalled experience of how to bring ideas from conception to production and is well known for the exacting nature of the design briefs he sets.
Paul Newman has also been working in the furniture design industry for over twenty years. He started as a product designer, launching his first designs at the Salone de Mobile in 1988. The following year he opened his first retail store in London’s Notting Hill, Aero. In the following years Aero established itself as a retailer and manufacturer of fine quality design, supplying to the most renowned design retailers in Britain. More recently he formed the manufacturing company INK, which has also launched a series of successful designs to market. Newman is a well-respected expert in design, sourcing and advanced manufacturing techniques.
Coakley and Newman’s collective understanding of the international market and of manufacturing techniques worldwide gave Case a strong foundation from which to launch. In February 2009 Sheridan Coakley sold his share of Case to Paul Newman. The business continues to flourish and in 2010 Case is excited to be working with two new major retailers in John Lewis and Lane Crawford.
William called his chair Sunray. It is a traditionally constructed Windsor chair, with a carved seat, spindles and a steam bent back bow made from Oak. The spindles in the back do not run into the seat block, instead they fan out from the lower back rail giving a pleasing and simple sunrise effect. The top of the seat has nothing joining into it, allowing the curved back and seat to sit comfortably together without touching.
Sunray is now available from Case's new showroom space situated in Clapham Common.
Open weekdays only from 9am - 6pm, the showroom is located at 189 Stonhouse Street, London SW4 6BB.