At Davison Highley we want to produce the best quality upholstered furniture, so that’s what we do; manufacture superb quality, British designed, contemporary products where clients can sit confident in the knowledge that they have been crafted under the most sustainable and ethical processes.


From our Clerkenwell showroom we like to make it easy for clients to work with our knowledgeable design team to find contemporary furniture solutions which seamlessly work with design schemes to delight users. Whether clients select from our extensive standard collection of sofas, chairs, work booths, banquette seating, tables and stools or require a tailored or bespoke option they can be reassured that their products have been created with the utmost care.


We’re proud to have of over 40 years of British designing and making furniture experience. And with that pride comes an inherent desire to create quality, sustainable products which our clients can rely upon. We firmly believe true sustainability is an integral part of our design process by utilising efficient manufacturing techniques, sourcing 90% of our materials within 60 miles of our High Wycombe workshop and implementing processes for the systematic recycling of all waste materials. These company wide processes have been recognised through our ISO 14001, FSC® and FISP accreditation –an impressive array of sustainability credentials, which we believe is amongst the strongest within the British furniture manufacturing industry.


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The workshop story



Nestled amongst the Chiltern hills of Buckinghamshire, the Davison Highley workshops are where each piece of our furniture is designed, developed and manufactured to the highest levels of quality and longevity. Here is it's story and the story of each piece of furniture we make.



Old North Works as it was in the early 1900s



Old North Works has been the site of furniture manufacture for over 100 years and Davison Highley is proud to be continuing its legacy. Davison Highley has been on this site for over 40 years now, orginally using just a small area, we now encompass the majority of the main building.



Design Department



We use both computer aided design (CAD) and traditional hand drawing skills.


Each piece of furniture begins life in our design department. Whether it's designing and developing new products, liaising with clients to produce furniture to their requirements or coordinating with the workshop on furniture manufacture, its all done here.



Frame shop



Each frame is hand built to order


Our skilled craftsmen in the frame shop build each piece of furniture specifically to order. The frame forms the skeleton for each design and as such it's important that it's strong and robust.



Foam shop



Foam is applied to the frames using water based glues.



The next stage is to take the finished frames and to apply foam. We use multiple layers of different density combustion modified foams to achieve the perfect level of comfort and sit appropriate to each design.



Upholstery shop



Upholstery material is cut then sewn



Once foamed, the furniture enters the upholstery shop. The upholstery material is selected and cut to templated patterns, before being sewn together.




The cover is carefully fitted to the frames


Once sewn the covers are fitted onto the frames. As each piece is upholstered to the highest standards it's not uncommon for the covers to be taken off and further tailored to achieve the perfect fit. Decorative top stitching is applied (see our article on Detailing) followed by the final upholstery process.



Finishing shop



We take great pride in our furniture from inception to delivery.


The finishing shop is the last stop for the furniture in the workshop. Legs are picked and fixed on before the furniture is inspected and wrapped. Its then loaded onto one of our vans for delivery to you.