Jonathan Arnold, aged 78 has been awarded the MBE in recognition of his dedication to English Furniture Makers. Mr Arnold has worked in the furniture industry throughout his life, working for Parker Knoll, the famous furniture company. Arnold is also chairman of the Frederick Parker Foundation which was set up in 1997 to maintain a collection of chairs so that students can study them. The students are able to learn about the history, design, construction and restoration. The foundation particularly encourages the study of British chairs.
At this time the company, Parker Knoll had new managers who wanted to sell some antique furniture. Arnold, together with friends who were in the industry and members of the Parker family, bought 170 antique chairs which were used for study purposes in the London Metropolitan University by students and also displayed to the public.
Frederick Parker founded Parker Knoll in 1869, which went on to become a well known furniture store. Frederick Parker was also Arnolds great grandfather. Mr Arnold was also chairman of the Guild Mark scheme launched by The Furniture Makers Company. Jonathan Arnold is immensely proud of his MBE saying:
“It is a very great honour which I am very proud of.”
Although antique furniture, especially antique chairs are useful for students to study and learn about the history and restoration techniques, it is a more common practice for antique furniture to be purchased by antique collectors who want to cherish the beauty that it brings to a home, whether in Lancashire or London.
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