Brodgar Occasional Chair (Without Drawer)

Gareth Neal, Kevin Gauld
Exclusively designed for The New Craftsmen by Gareth Neal and made by Orkney furniture maker Kevin Gauld, the Brodgar Occasional Chair showcases the vernacular straw work of traditional Orkney chairs to stunning effect. This piece now sits within the permanent collection of The Victoria & Albert museum as a timeless and unique example of contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship combining in a truly authentic way. It can be made with or without the traditional drawer that is fitted underneath.

Originally launched in 2012, The Brodgar Occasional Chair is the product of a collaboration between The New Craftsmen, Dalston based furniture maker Gareth Neal, and traditional Orkney chair maker Kevin Gauld. Gareth travelled to Scotland to work on the design and materials with Kevin in order to give a contemporary twist to this iconic piece of Orcedian furniture. The piece has become synonymous with the values and spirit of The New Craftsmen; a potent symbol for their approach to supporting makers, developing new collections and pushing the boundaries of traditional craft.
Material: Oak, Straw
Dimensions: Height: 81cm, Length: 56cm, Width: 61cm
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint-free cloth.
Made to order (10-12 weeks)


The Brodgar collection is a story of place, materiality and collaboration. Having first travelled to Orkney in 2010, The New Craftsmen’s creative director, Catherine Lock, was immediately inspired by the raw elemental landscape and the inherent craft ecosystem on the island. Starting with the Brodgar Occasional Chair, a collaboration was fostered between Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld to create a contemporary take on the original Orkney chair. The partnership since has spawned a whole collection of pieces including a bench, dining chair, lounge chair and side table. Common to all is an elegant oak frame designed by Gareth specifically to integrate the intensive straw work by Kevin in his workshop in Orkney. The result is a series of pieces sensitively realised and truly authentic to the traditions, people and narratives they represent. Testament to this is the display of the Brodgar Occasional Chair at the Victoria & Albert museum as part of their permanent collection.