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Sheraton Furniture

Thomas Sheraton may not have excelled as a businessman – he died in poverty in 1806 – but as a designer of furniture, he was outstanding. A man of many talents, he is most famous for his furniture design manuals, published between 1791 and 1803, which set the fashion for English furniture at the time. Most historians believe that Sheraton didn’t actually make any of the pieces covered in his books, the designs being implemented by the 600 or so craftsmen who subscribed to the books.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Sheraton is seen as one of the most influential English furniture designers of the time, along with Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite. His designs are distinctive in their grace and delicacy, and noted for their extensive use of satinwood and beautiful inlays. Sheraton also wrote religious books, was a fervent Baptist preacher, a teacher of drawing and a competent builder.

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This was a style of furniture designed in the late 18th century by Thomas Sheraton, at the height of the elegant Georgian era. The style was exported all over the world, particularly to America. It is such a design classic that, 200 years on, it is still widely found in people's homes today.

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My nomination is the garden shed.

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