001 Sussex armchair, c.1860 / サセックス・アームチェアとその背景

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How to assemble Sussex armchair / サセックス・アームチェアの組み立て方


Sussex armchair
circa. 1860
Ebonised beech, rush seat

The Sussex armchair was most likely designed by Philip Webb for William Morris’s own house, the Red House, around 1860. It was based on an English country chair from the Regency period, found in Sussex – hence the name. The chairs were produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., and later by Morris & Co.,  in various styles in black, brown and (very rarely) red. They sold in large numbers in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, were widely copied and sold through well known furniture retailers such as Liberty’s and Heals. They became an icon of artistic style and were to be found in the studios of Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, and Alfred Gilbert, the sculptor of Eros at London’s Piccadilly Circus.


サセックスチェアの各種は、デザイナーが誰なのかいろいろな論者が推測していますが、おそらくフィリップ・ウェブだろうと言われています。1860年頃に完成したウィリアム・モリスの住まい「レッドハウス」のためにデザインされ、のちにモリスの主宰する家具会社Morris & Co. より発売され、19世紀の後半から20世紀にかけて量産されました。その頃の芸術家好みの家具の象徴的な存在となり、ラファエル前派のエドワード・バーン=ジョーンズのスタジオでも使われていたことが知られています。その後、シリーズとして多くの家具製造会社が模倣品を作り、リバティーなどのデパートでも売られました。


Link to Onetosixteen Online Shop, Sussex armchair


Link to ‘How to assemble Sussex armchair’ / サセックスチェアの組み立て方はこちら



Above images are from the V&A Collection site and the real chair is exhibited in the British Galleries, Room 125f.


A page from the Morris and Co. catalogue showing the Sussex chair range:

sussex catalogue


Interior for the Sussex armchair

We refer to the interior of the Dining Room at the  Red House (1860), designed by Philip Webb for Morris – for wall panels, window details and floor boards.  We then chose colours and wallpaper from a later example of William Morris’s interior at Kelmscott Manor, where Morris also lived, as the Sussex chairs were used there, too.


窓枠の造作や壁の木製パネルなどは、最初にこの椅子が使われたモリスの自宅、Red House を参照しました。そして、壁や窓枠の色、壁紙などは、モリスの1870年からの自宅 Kelmscott Manor の内装を参考にしています。サセックスチェアは2軒目の自邸でも使われました。

dining red house01
Viewing the real Sussex armchairs at / サセックス・アームチェアの実物がある場所
Red House ( National Trust ), London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
William Morris Gallery, London
Geffrye Museum, London
Dover Street Market, London

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