Ernest Grimson (1864 – 1919) was a British architect and designer. He was born in Leicester.
In 1881, he was an apprentice to an architect in Leicester. On William Morris’s recommendation, he joined the architecture office of J.D. Sedding in 1886. It was here that he met Ernest and Sidney Barnsley. He learned chair turning under Herefordshire artisan Philip Clisrett and studied plasterwork. In 1895, he established his own workshop in the Cotswolds with Ernest and Sidney Barnsley.
The Daneway Workshops were set up by Gimson and the Barnsley brothers in 1902 at Daneway House, Gloucestershire. In 1901, they were joined by Peter Waals, a Dutch cabinetmaker then living in London. The partnership broke up cl 905, and Gimson continued on his own. Gimson’s furniture ranged from simple, ve~acular rush-seated chairs to elaborate cabinets with rich inlays and veneers. He refused to join the Design and Industries Association.
His work was shown at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society events.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
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