Cathy Bain, formerly from Ness, has won an award for her Harris Tweed chair design at the January Furniture Show, held at the Birmingham NEC on 19-22 January.

The January Furniture Show is the UK’s leading furniture and interiors event, featuring the latest designs from the biggest names in the industry. A wide choice of suppliers attend the annual event to showcase their furniture, flooring, lighting and accessories, with both classic and contemporary styles featured.

Along with The Furniture Awards, developed by Furniture News magazine six years ago and sponsored by BFM (British Furniture Manufacturers Association), which celebrate the industry’s top suppliers, other awards are presented for individual, innovative designs.

Cathy’s work was sponsored by HEICO, an online upholstery supplies company ( who attended the event and whose products Cathy used in her chair. This competition was run by HEICO and the competition was for upholstery design.

Cathy says: ”I had to put in a mood board, then was shortlisted to make the chair and upholster it."

Cathy, who now stays in Edinburgh, explained her design for the aptly named The Spirit of the Hebrides chair: “The chair incorporates Harris Tweed and Lewis Chessmen printed fabric. The Callanish stones are represented by the staves.”

“It is made from a whisky barrel from the Abhainn Dearg distillery and has a cabinet underneath to store your whisky or gin. The armrest is turned from ash wood sourced from the Castle Grounds.”

Cathy Bain is pictured with her award and her island-inspired chair, The Spirit of the Hebrides.