Frederick Parker was born in Shoreditch in 1845. He started in business as a chair maker in 1869, after an apprenticeship at his father’s furniture factory. He decided to concentrate on making high quality furniture by hand. After working initially in London, Parker moved to High Wycombe in 1898. Part of the business was to make furniture for ocean liners, including the Palladian Lounge of Cunard’s RMS Aquitania, and for P&O liner SS Ophir, which was commissioned as a Royal Yacht, HMS Ophir, in 1901. Parker also made furniture for the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, and a carved throne for Emperor Haile Selassie.
Willi Knoll was born in Germany and served as a fighter pilot in the First World War. His experience of uncomfortable seating in his fighter plane was the inspiration for his invention of a new form of sprung furniture, with a coiled steel wire string system across the seat and back, which he manufactured in Stuttgart. Knoll came to Britain in 1929 to find a manufacturer for his chairs using his patent. After Frederick Parker’s son, Tom, saw a sample of Knoll’s chairs at Heal & Son, the two businesses quickly formed a new company. The company’s reclining chairs became a signature item during the 1960s.
Always a name associated with quality furniture. Parker Knoll style and Beauty. This is smaller than a sideboard, so fits into any room size. One top, one under shelf and two cupboard doors. No interior shelf.
Product Code 30755
Styling: This size would make an ideal TV centre stand. The TV on the top and plenty of storage space beneath for Videos, LP’s, Games etc All incorporated into one stylish piece of furniture.
Could also be used as the Drinks cabinet. Room for bottles in the cupboard, glasses on the shelf and Cocktail shaker, ice bucket etc on top.