Pulborough designer makes high chair for Prince George

Katie Walker with the royal high chair
Katie Walker with the royal high chair

A HIGH chair destined for Prince George has been created by Pulborough furniture designer Katie Walker.

Her bespoke design, commissioned by London livery company, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, was the winning entry in an invited competition and it will be presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in November.

Katie said: “I was thrilled to win the competition and be commissioned to create a real piece of history. It’s a real honour to be chosen to represent my profession in this way.”

Taking a contemporary approach to traditional chair-making techniques, Prince George’s high chair is an expression of ‘form follows function’ and the design draws on elements which are familiar in Katie’s other award-winning pieces.

The back rest curves around the body for comfort. This curve also allows one front leg of the chair to flow seamlessly and elegantly into the other.

Made in rippled ash originating from the Longleat estate, the high chair can also be used without the retaining baby bar as his royal highness grows.

Assisted by the Crafts Council and some significant commissions from a corporate client, Katie established Katie Walker Furniture in 1994.

Today she creates pieces for domestic, corporate and public settings.

Her best-known piece is the iconic Ribbon Rocking Chair which won the 2006 Wood Awards, the inaugural Wesley Barrell Craft Award and the 2007 Grand Designs Award.