The original idea for the Toby Chair is based on a long held, family secret recipe. When in 2016 Toby revisited the design and made himself a new pair of chairs for his canal boat, they garnered so much admiration on the towpaths of Yorkshire that he soon found himself taking requests.
By summer 2016, Toby had so many orders that he asked his brother-in-law Chris to come on board and help make and sell chairs. Chris was delighted to get involved. As the grandson of a master boat builder, he was no stranger to working with wood and had recently been working on furniture for his own West London home.
So the two joined forces to help each other make and sell their work. We're developing new ideas all the time and the plan is to grow our range while staying true to our roots; beautiful furniture made from sustainably sourced European wood.
We appreciate that in this day and age there are cheaper, flat pack options for furniture but if you choose to buy one of our pieces, you're buying something individual, handmade in the UK which will last you longer and - hopefully - bring you a lot more pleasure.
Chris founded Chris Punch Design Ltd from his west London home as a way of bringing Toby Chairs to market, and to focus on creating new and wonderful designs. He's always been a practical type, spending much of his childhood holidays making things from wood. When it was impossible to find the right kind of furniture at the right price for his small London home, he made it himself. His focus is now on ingenious multi-function design furniture, which would works as well in a London flat as a country house.
When Chris isn't making furniture, he's a big heavy rock fan and one half of the rock duo Billy Blind
As happy with a chainsaw as he is with dovetails, Toby is a real woodsman. He's an art historian and joiner by training who has recently travelled all the way from Yorkshire down to the Isles of Scilly for a dream posting as a wildlife ranger. He remains our chief design consultant and is constantly thinking up ways to expand and improve the Toby Chair range.
Pippa Punch and Oscar
Pippa likes to take credit for bringing together her husband Chris and brother Toby to create the perfect creative bromance. She now splits her time between Toby Chairs and her day job in film design. She has previously worked on projects all over the world, helping create sets and furniture for movies like Bladerunner 2049, Fantastic Beasts and the Dark Knight.