As a trusted and established family run business, our craftsmen and women have dedicated over 50 years to designing and handcrafting beautiful chairs, sofas and beds right here in Yorkshire. It’s fair to say that we’re not comfortable unless our customers are and that means never resting on our laurels; we are always seeking to improve and advance in our design and manufacturing capabilities, working with award-winning furniture designers and an Independent Occupational Therapist to ensure that every piece of HSL CleverComfort™ furniture is ergonomically designed to ensure that all the key areas of the body are fully supported. So, to be recognised and awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for Innovation, is undoubtedly one of our proudest achievements to date, what could be a more fitting endorsement to our commitment to comfort?
The Innovative Frame Design was born from extensive innovation and testing, as well as input from our independent Occupational Therapist, Julie Jennings, Dip COT, HCPC prior to being launched onto the market. Our knuckle℗ is ergonomically designed to perfectly fit the customer’s hand when seated, which offers comfortable leverage for sitting or standing without risk of the hand slipping and can take weights much higher than projected. Another fundamental advantage of the knuckle℗ is that it can be fitted easily at a later date if necessary, which enhances its manufacturing and environmental credentials.
“I am delighted and hugely proud, as is my mother who founded HSL with my father 53 years ago and to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for our innovation is an amazing and humbling achievement, it not only reflects the skill, passion, and commitment of our team, but is testimony to our craftsmen and women, who design develop and beautifully handcraft our range of CleverComfort™ sofas, chairs and beds here in Britain.”
– William & Debra Burrows
Our extensive design work and iterative development led to the Ripley® chair and sofa range being launched with the knuckle option in 2017. It was swiftly recognised for its uniqueness and innovation and was awarded a Good Housekeeping accreditation.
In 2018, we launched a further range using this Innovative Frame Design: the Which? Best Buy award-winning Aysgarth®. Today we remain the only furniture manufacturer using this knuckle℗ design, and it forms the core of these two different furniture ranges exclusive to HSL.