Sympathetically combining original recycled fabrics in both antique and vintage chair designs, RhubarbLondon creates eclectic handcrafted furniture that is perfectly tailored to advocates of historical design. At the heart of any RhubarbLondon design lies its distinctive upholstery, sourced from completely original archives. When you purchase a RhubarbLondon chair, you can be certain that you’re getting a one-off piece of furniture.
Proudly crafted in Britain, each bespoke design embodies a piece of history; exquisitely blending rare and antique fabrics and military uniforms with expertly applied upholstery techniques and tailoring. RhubarbLondon’s iconic designs strive to push the creative boundaries of history and design, constantly endeavouring to bring you new and inspiring products.
The creative driving force behind RhubarbLondon is Shaun Brownell, who has been designing and making these evocative pieces since 2013.
Passionate about traditional trades and maintaining classical upholstery techniques, Shaun thinks beyond the obvious, creating pieces of unique furniture as an art form that subtly reveal the history of the piece. As a committed recycler, Shaun rebuffs against our ‘throwaway’ society, taking the time to consider the materials he’s using and up cycling at every opportunity. This means that Shaun will never reproduce a chair; each piece is entirely unique.
Originally trained as an aeronautical engineer, he was taught to repair, restore and recreate rather than replace. A creative flair passed down from his mother encouraged this self-taught designer to be different from the rest, combining his passion for traditional trades with an unrivalled support for non-mass produced furniture. Shaun’s ethos is to think behind and beyond the obvious, resulting in unique furniture designs that reveal a piece of history alongside a captivating narrative.