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Our Story

The long view

We believe in the value of making beautiful, timeless classics;
drawing inspiration from the past but also from lived experience.

We absorb, we consider, we feel, we listen and
we create in response to all of these.

It is not a short journey, but it is a meaningful and fulfilling one.
It is an experience that comes from, and goes straight to, the heart.

Family and an independent spirit

Sofas & Stuff is a family-owned, family-run furniture and fabric company based in rural West Sussex, established in 2009 by Andrew Cussins and his wife, Julia.

The family’s connection with furniture retail, however, dates to the period just before the Second World War when Andrew’s father, Manny Cussins, took over a modest shop in Hull from his father. By 1960 the family had acquired the noted firm of Waring & Gillow, adding another furniture company, Maple & Co, to the business in 1980.

Andrew began his career in furniture that same year, joining his father’s company as an apprentice. He went on to establish Sofa Workshop in 1985, a pioneering company which was later sold in 2002 after furnishing three quarters of a million homes in the UK. The Sofas & Stuff story began when Andrew noticed a gap in the market for high quality, bespoke, British made sofas and beds, designed not in response to passing trends but because of their intrinsic beauty, comfort and utility. He and Julia are now joined in the business by their youngest son, George; experience, expertise and enthusiasm passing from father to son, not once, but twice over the last 70 years.

“Home is where one starts from”
T.S. Eliot

Handmade in our Preston factory

Our furniture is handmade in our own factory in Preston, Lancashire. This is vital for the provenance of what we produce, giving us control over quality and choice over supply chains and enables us to offer a fully bespoke service.

Having our own manufacturing home also gives us scope to support heritage crafts within upholstery. Our makers have huge experience built up over many years. We want to support the transmission of this skill and knowledge to younger people eager to learn this craft. Having our own base makes it possible to actively pursue this goal.

Sustainability

What does sustainability mean to us? At its heart it is a commitment to producing furniture that 'treads lightly' within our environment. At every touchpoint within our business we consider how we might impact on the planet, starting with our intention to create beautiful, timeless furniture built to last.


Fabrics that weave a story

Fine quality fabrics lie at the very heart of Sofas & Stuff. You’ll sense it as soon as you walk into one of our showrooms in the profusion of colours, textures and patterns on display. You’ll discover it further in the wealth of fabric books at your fingertips.

Our remarkable range includes collections created by, or exclusively for us, such as our Cloth designs, our exclusive linens, and our collaborations with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). These sit alongside collections from celebrated British and international fabric houses, such as Colefax & Fowler, Linwood and Sanderson, giving you the most exceptional level of choice and wonderful quality.

“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last”
Samuel Johnson

Nature’s influence

“We want our homes to be places of sanctuary, of safety, of calmness and what better way to do this, than by bringing the beauty of nature in, and onto our sofas.”

Andrew Cussins

Our approach to furniture and fabric design is framed by the long view. New designs are introduced, not in response to passing trends, but because of their intrinsic beauty, comfort and utility. We are endlessly inspired by nature, informed by art and heritage, and committed to craft, quality and durability. This is furniture that is built to last, which is why we’re proud to offer a 15-year construction guarantee on all our bespoke British pieces.

Buying a sofa is one of the most important investments you can make in your home and family life. We all know the pleasure that comes from settling down in comfort on our sofa. And when you reflect on the enjoyment that comes from sharing your sofa with friends and family, it’s clear that choosing the right sofa is worth the time and investment.

When you come to Sofas & Stuff you have our undivided attention. From deciding what fabric or model is right for you and your family, to pulling together a compelling and characterful palette of colours, we’ll help you bring your ideas to life. Let’s get you started on this exciting journey…

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