Plane Structure are fabricators and installers of art, display furniture and bespoke joinery

3 September 2016

Stoneywell: Arts & Crafts inspiration

Stoneywell is a beautifully-preserved example of Arts & Crafts architecture, design and craftsmanship. Built by Ernest Gimson in 1899 for his brother, a Leicester industrialist, this extraordinary building houses many pieces of original Gimson furniture, such as this ladder-back chair, plus pieces from the Barnsley brothers and their circle of artist-craftsmen.

We found the collection to be particularly inspirational for its uncompromising use of materials and honest joints. The organic nature of the architecture is also something that appeals to us – it sits beautifully in its surroundings and doesn’t reveal everything simultaneously.


Stoneywell is run by the National Trust: