From the TOM DIXON by George Smith website:
Milan Design Week 2009 internationally launches a collection of sofas and seats from Tom Dixon by George Smith, uniting quality traditional manufacturing techniques and contemporary design. The collection illustrates that British manufacturing and innovation are still alive as two iconic brands develop an exciting partnership.
The collaboration challenges the method of manufacturing contemporary shapes, pushing the boundaries, to develop an innovative product of the finest quality. Resolutely British; with all products made in the George Smith factory in Newcastle and designed by Tom Dixon, the partnership underlines the capabilities of British manufacturing and design.
The collection celebrates the traditions of British upholstered furniture with each piece hand made by George Smith using long established techniques practiced for over 250 years. Skilled craftsmen, including generations of the same family, employ the use of traditional skills such as joinery, hand sewing and upholstery.
These skills are kept alive through an apprenticeship scheme which ensures the knowledge and techniques are passed down from generation to generation supporting the British industry.