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For sale: Camden Town’s giant chair

'Tourists do not want to carry the type of things we sell home'

26 April, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

The landmark ‘carpentry’ in Chalk Farm Road

IT has graced the wall of a Camden Town furniture shop for more than 30 years – and has become as much of a landmark as the sign on the railway bridge or punk rockers hanging out by the Lock.

And now you can own this piece of Camden history, as the giant rocking chair that looms over Chalk Farm Road is up for sale.

The chair, advertising the Old and New Furniture shop, is set to be sold as the shop closes down at the end of May.

Salesman Tony Martin told the New Journal they had decided to finally call it a day – they have been trading since 1982 – and would sell the chair to anyone who made a reasonable offer.

He said: “It went up in 1997 and was made by the same firm who did all the big icons along Camden High Street, Big Stuff.”

But as with so many of the high streets signage, time has taken its toll.

“It used to rock back and forth,” they added. “But as the wind go behind it, we got a little worried it would topple over onto someone so we fixed it.”

While it looks like a clever piece of carpentry, it is actually made from metal and polysterene, he added.

“It does need some care – it has been up there for so long,” he said.

The firm have made the decision to close after selling the lease on and watching the nature of business in the area slowly evolve. Mr Martin added: “You can see how Camden Town has changed. It is very touristy and other furniture stores have left the area, so people just do not come here to buy furniture like they used to.”

They have tweaked over the years what they stock to meet demand but have decided now it’s time to call it a day.

He added: “We changed what we have sold to reflect that and meet new demands, but tourists do not want to carry the type of things we sell home and we do not often ship goods..”

To make a bid for the chair, call 0207 2674477.

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