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"Excellence still exists."


Southwood was established in 1973. Three individuals with successful careers in furniture making, decided to form a family company and specialize in what they knew best in the recreation of beautiful upholstered chairs and sofas from the 18th and 19th century periods. There was a desire to not only recreate these treasures, but also to demonstrate that indeed excellence still existed in quality and craftsmanship.

In 1994, four partners acquired Southwood. They were committed to continuing the level of quality and service that Southwood was known for. With their experience and expertise, they have taken the company to new levels of excellence.

Skirted and leather upholstery has become an extremely important addition to the line and now represents the fastest growing segment of their company. Their skirted chairs, sofas, and leather upholstery achieve a variety of classical, traditional and transitional design choices, which is unequalled in the furniture industry. Each piece is made with contract construction standards to withstand heavy commercial use in fine hotels, country clubs, retirement homes, executive offices and embassies around the world. The strength of the Southwood line is in the opportunity to coordinate compatible styles in traditional, exposed wood style periods, with fabric or leather to create your own signature look with a statement that reflects your tastes and lifestyle.

The company purchased Southampton an occasional, traditional, and 18th century wood line. Southampton specializes in English reproductions, unique traditional styles, and hand painted pieces. Southwood's craftsmen and artists create beautiful hand painted pieces as well as authentic reproductions with the highest quality handwork anywhere. This combination has enabled Southwood to become a proud resource of high-end quality furniture.

Southwood believes that quality and craftsmanship can best be fostered in the intimacy of a small, personal family company. The key ingredient in every upholstered chair and sofa is still the talent and skill of the individual who creates it. Southwood is especially enriched with some of the furniture industry's most experienced craftsmen. Many are second, third, or fourth generation furniture makers. These are the people who care, people who take pride in their profession.

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Sheffield Furniture & Interiors is the authorized dealer of Southwood Furniture for the Philadelphia area including Malvern, West Chester, Wayne, Villanova, Media, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Gladwyne, Kennett Square, and Berwyn, Pennsylvania and the Washington, DC area including Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Rockville, Maryland and McLean, Leesburg, Great Falls, and Sterling, Virginia. Sheffield Furniture & Interiors also services the entire East Coast as well as other worldwide destinations. Please ask one of our Interior Designers to give you more information regarding our interior design, decorating, and custom window treatment programs.