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Chippendale Steals The Show

11 January 2013

Congratulations to The Chippendale International School of Furniture on winning the Family Business award sponsored by Springfords at the recent Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Event which was hosted by Queen Margaret University.   

Anselm Fraser and his wife Antonia, pictured below with Arthur Johnston of The Business Partnership and David Lochhead from Springfords, set up the international furniture school near Gifford more than 25 years ago.  More recently, they have been joined by their son, Jamie who graduated from the furniture school this June and is now one of five tutors.

“The school’s success means that for the second year running we have a full student roll for our furniture making and restoration course”, says Anselm Fraser.  “Forty per cent of this year’s new students come from overseas, including Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Barbados, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa”.

“We’re unique in that our bespoke kitchen and furniture restoration business, Anselm Fraser Furniture, operates in parallel with the furniture school.  The ‘Chippendale approach’ to learning combines lectures and lots of hands-on bench time; the students also learn from each other on a collaborative basis.

For more on the Chippendale International Furniture School visit their website at

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