Milan Design Week 2017

Milan Design Week 2017

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Last week Italy played host to the world’s largest and most fashionable furniture show, the ‘Salone del Mobile Milano’. Some 300,000+ people, including us, descended on Milan for 5 days of interior design heaven.

With our most comfortable shoes on, we embarked on our first, day map in hand and with a determination to seek out the best and most exciting new products and designs.

Amongst the 2000+ exhibitors where some of our favourite brands; Cattelan Italia, Reflex, Calligaris and Visionnaire to name just a few. Each brand had gone all out to create a stand that displayed their products in the best possible way, some even adorning their products with catwalk models and the occasional Supercar.

After visiting a few stands a general theme was emerging…colour and functionality were this year’s design philosophy.

Here are some of our favourite looks which we hope will inspire you as much as they did us.

Creating a bold contrast in colour can be made easy with a statement rug. Using this Calligaris very flat rug against the black angular bases of the dining chairs and the table create a very strong modern look. Calligaris Basil dining chairs, Calligaris Claire dining chairs in fabric. The Calligaris dining table is yet to be released but the look can be achieved with the Calligaris Tokyo dining table.

The same look achieved with the Calligaris Orbital table *shown with a new finish. Simple lighting can also lift any room, not drawing your attention away from the main items but adding that finishing touch. Shown above is a cluster of Calligaris Pom Pom single pendants.

Finish off a feature wall with these Calligaris Damasco mirrors. Available in 3 different sizes and colours.

If you are the entertaining type but short on space this Cattelan Italia Drop wall mounted bar is the perfect solution! Combining functionality with elegant design, this was one of our favourites. Available in 5 different finishes meaning finding the right one for your room is simple.

Sangiacomo really stood out, combining desk space with a modular wall system creating this stunning display! Perfect for city living or a quirky office space.

Another example by Sangiacomo combines a foldaway desk with a wall mounted tv system and bookcase; ideal for family living. The desk is the perfect spot for the kids to do their homework whilst you sit back and watch a movie.

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This Lago wardrobe/room divider uses large clear glass panels to create the impression your clothes are floating in mid air! The top and bottom units can be used for additional storage as well. Creating your own quirky piece of furniture is easy with Lago, the only thing in holding you back is your own imagination. 

For those of you who are daring why not challenge the conventional and go for a floating hidden door wardrobe. Each panel can come in a different colour and finish, it can also be custom built to fit your space. 

Creating space, either using clear glass panels or by lifting furniture off the floor, is a clever way to make a room feel larger than it is and it also allows more light into the room. 

Don’t worry if you’re not the creative type, that’s what we’re here for. Come and visit us in store; we have furniture arriving on the shop floor every week.

We hope our trip to the Milan furniture show has inspired you!  Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown on this blog please don’t hesitate to get in touch either call us on 0161 273 5331 or email us at

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A Day At The NEC Furniture Show – 2017

Last month Stockton’s design and management team all attended the annual Birmingham NEC furniture show.

Every year, the event continues to grow and we were amazed at the new products and designs our favourite brand’s had to offer. Each exhibitor had gone above and beyond in an attempt to stand out within the packed halls, and as a result, we just HAD to order some of the best bits…

Bontempi Casa

Bontempi brings a modern collection of Italian innovation to Stockton’s. Their new range had landed. Consisting of innovative furniture designs, new finishes and home accessories. Bontempi chose to highlight their new lines with vibrant block colours and metallic showstoppers. 

We loved their stand so much we decided to take the lot! Here are just some of the new pieces you can expect to see within our new Bontempi Gallery…

1Bontempi – Sander Metallic Gold Dining Table

2Bontempi – Margot Dining Chair

Bontempi – Millenium Dining Table

Click here to view more of the Bontempi ranges we offer.(more products being added daily)

Ashley Manor

Ashley Manor came to impress and casually dropped their new Cassandra, Carrera, and Delphine collections which we LOVED. These elegant designs and stylish new fabrics were the perfect combinations to make their stand flawless.


Click here to view our selection of Ashley Manor Sofas. New models arriving on soon

John Sankey

John Sankey was a last minute entry into the NEC furniture show, but this did not stop them from making an impression and wowing their customers! They chose to showcase their bestselling design models, made up in their signature luxury fabrics and surprise us with a few new designs that are sure to be a success.
John Sankey – Clara Chaise
John Sankey – Rickman Armchair

John Sankey – Fairbanks Lounger Sofa

John Sankey Mitford Lounger Sofa


WM came to the NEC and left their customers with a sweet taste in their mouth. Their new Sofa fabric range; Tooty Frootie was a huge success and we at Stockton’s loved it!

These vibrant new colours are a perfect way to introduce a statement into your home providing the perfect eye-catching pop of colour every room needs.

Alongside this new collection, they also showcased some more classic models with a modern twist…


Click here view our current selection of WM sofas. New Models arriving soon!

Alexander & James

Alexander and James is a fond favourite ours. They offer luxury products available in fantastic leathers and fabrics at a reasonable price.
There stand was packed with people itching to see the newest designs and we were not left disappointed! the sectional baker sofa being the stand out piece. There were also plenty of new exciting materials including the Baker and Betsy ranges.

Stockton’s would like to thank all of the brands we had the pleasure of visiting for all of their hard work and hospitality. The January furniture show was a huge success and shall be eagerly awaiting next year.

Alexander & James – Baker Sectional Sofa

Alexander & James – Betsy Occasional Chair

Click here to view our current Alexander & James sofas. New models arriving soon.

We hope you have been equally inspired by the new products on offer as we were! Make sure to look out for them on your next visit to Stocktons Manchester.


For any information on any of the products shown on this blog please don’t hesitate to get in touch either call us on 0161 273 5331 or email us at

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Top 5 Beds


There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep especially as we spend a third of our lives in bed. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a little extra time and effort in making the right choice when it comes to choosing a new bed.

Here at Stockton’s we sell a whole range of beds in all shapes & sizes (circular included!) in metals, leathers & fabrics.

We have selected our top 5 beds to make your decision a little easier:

1, Timothy Oulton Aviator Tomcat Bed

Coated in spitfire metal, the Aviator Tomcat bed is like no other. Sleek aerodynamic lines are reminiscent of the F14 Grumman fighter jet. Behind the leather wrapped headboard lies hidden storage. We have this bed on Promotion, Click here.


2, Lago Fluttua Bed

The world’s first suspended bed. Supported by a single height adjustable leg & anchored to the wall, this bed is a minimalist’s dream (pun intended). Lit from below to exaggerate the weightlessness of the bed…..also suitable for sumo wrestlers!
For info call us on 0161 273 5331


3, Burgess Francine Bed

Create a statement with our luxurious fabric wing bed. Featuring a tall buttoned, upholstered headboard and curves in all the right places! available in a wide selection of fabrics & leathers and sizes.
For info call us on 0161 273 5331


4, Baxter Bed

The Baxter bed is a low contemporary design featuring removable cushions that are attached to the headboard by Velcro. Perfect if you enjoy reading in bed, the luxurious padded cushions offer that extra support. Kingsize available for immediate delivery while stocks last.
For info call us on 0161 273 5331


5, de Sede DS-1164 Bed

A brand that is known for simply the most outstanding upholstered furniture in the world. The headboards on the DS-1164 can be easily adjusted around the perimeter of the bed to the exact angle and position you require.
For info call us on 0161 273 5331


You have had a glimpse into our bed frame selection now it is time to think about the next part of your new bed, the mattress.

Choosing the right mattress is crucial to ensure you get a comfortable night’s sleep while properly supporting your body. Trying out different mattresses is a must because we all have our own personal preference. Each of our mattresses come with a choice of comfort levels, typically ranging from soft to firm however we can request custom comforts.

Our mattresses and most of bed’s come in standard UK sizes, from single all the way to an emperor, understanding what these names mean is important to ensure that you get the right size bed for your room.


We have a wide range to choose from including Somnus, Burgess & Sweet Dreams. Our design consultants are on hand in store to help you choose the perfect one.

Resisting the snooze button has never been so hard….

We hope our top picks have inspired you! Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown on this blog please don’t hesitate to get in touch either call us on 0161 273 5331 or email us at

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Our Top 10 Sofa’s


At the end of a long day in work there is nothing better than settling down on your own comfy sofa, cup of tea in hand ready to watch your favourite TV show.

However choosing the perfect sofa can be far from relaxing! Here at Stocktons Manchester we aim to make it easy. Our helpful design consultants are always on hand with their in depth knowledge of our never ending list of brands. After all it is said that us Britons spend on average 17 years of our lives sitting on the sofa so selecting the right one is pretty important.

Here’s our top 10 picks….

1. Natuzzi – Avana


Cool, contemporary Italian style. Hand adjustable headrests offer comfort and also a give a sophisticated look. Available in multiple sizes and coverings. 

2. Ashley Manor – Cube Major


This generously proportioned sofa has deep, ‘Encour’ interiors comprised of a feather wrap with a foam core, desired for ultimate comfort.  It is completely modular, meaning you can design your sofa to your own specifications.  If crushed velvet isn’t your thing then we have a huge array of fabrics to choose from.

3. Timothy Oulton – Shabby


We have swapped rich leathers for sumptuous velvets on our brand new Shabby sectional sofa; faded & Degraded has been a huge hit. Don’t worry, this sofa is still available in leather if you prefer that vintage distressed look!

4. de Sede – DS 164


Swiss made, the DS 164 has curves in all the right places. The backrests can be rotated 360 degrees transforming an open end sofa into a chaise longue. Perfectly pairing modern design with incomparable build quality, this sofa stands alone.

5. Timothy Oulton – Westminster


Feeling patriotic? Then the Westminster is for you! Create a real statement in your room with the hand tufted Union Jack chesterfield. A timeless classic sure to get people talking.

6. Himolla –  Rhine


When searching for your ideal sofa you have to ask yourself the big question….style over comfort or comfort over style? Look no further; our German made Rhine sofa offers both in a selection of functional sizes, sumptuous leathers & luxurious fabrics. Visit our gallery for more information and to try it out for yourself.

7. John Sankey – Fairbanks


Wonderfully elegant & rich in detail. Fairbanks sofa in Avignon Velvet adds a touch of old school glamour to any room. 

8. Saporini – Teatro Cinema Seating


Put your feet up and  watch a movie with a cold beer! while you’re at it why not have a massage too! All possible with our brand new cinema seat system. Available in different sizes and a wide selection of leathers.

9. Rom – Chronos


One of our most versatile sofa collections. Use our in store iPad to design your sofa, choosing the size in 20cm increments, the colour of your leather/fabric & even contrast stitching. See what your brand new sofa will look like before you buy!

10. Tamarisk – Gibson


If you’re looking to seat the whole family then a corner sofa could be the answer. The corner creates an extra seat, perfect for a cosy movie night! The Gibson is made by Tamarisk – a small specialist furniture company based in the Cotswolds. Visit our gallery for more information and to try it out for yourself.

With over 75,000 square foot we have a huge collection of sofas in our showroom. To see the full range call in store to speak to one of our design consultants or visit our website

We hope you have enjoyed looking at our top 10 sofa picks. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new blogs coming soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Nolte Möbel – Modern Bedroom Furniture

IPANEMA Schrank/IPANEMA BettWith over 75 years of experience producing bedroom furniture Nolte Möbel was an obvious addition to our ever growing offering of furniture and accessory suppliers.

Originally founded by George  Nolte, he branded this family run business based on providing Germany with Quality, Reliable furniture and later exporting to all over the world.

In 1932; Georg Nolte opened his first furniture factory in Delbrück, Germany. This was a huge success for the company which allowed them to expand, opening their second factory shortly after in 1937. Years down the line, the company is still expanding and is now successfully ran by the fourth generation of Nolte’s!

At Stockton’s Manchester, we are proud to have the opportunity to supply bedroom furniture built by such a successful manufacturer which one of the leaders in its industry when it comes to quality and designWith over 20 ranges to choose from, Nolte has something for every home interior, bringing European contemporary design and flair into your home.



An amazing sence of space, as unique as the moment itself. With its extensive selection of designs and features, Nolte Möbel Attraction is an expression of personal freedom and individual class. Timelessly elegant, versatile and with a wide range of combination possibilities. The hinged and sliding door system from Nolte Möbel will transform your ideas into stunning interior designs.

With a wide variety of finishes and styles the only limit is your space and imagination! Combine multiple finishes to give a unique character to your room and free your space from clutter with simple storage solutions.


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Creating functionality within a bedroom is just as important as anything else. The Alegro furniture range from Nolte comes in three distinct styles, ‘Alegro basic‘, ‘Alegro framed‘ and ‘Alegro style‘ (style shown above). Each of the three designs have the same core configuration, within 7 steps you can create the perfect storage solution for your room. Keeping the design minimal or adding all of the extras for the ultimate look!

1. Hidden LED lighting strip, 2. Softclose for a peaceful close

1. Open storage compartment, 2. Wall mirror, fits to wall horizontally or vertically

Alegro Style brochure
Alegro Basic brochure
Alegro Frame brochure


Sonyo+ / Novoplan 3100
The Nolte Möbel Sonyo bedframe may look minimal but this modern sleek bed can be customised to match your other nolte bedroom furniture perfectly! There are a total of 47 different options for you to chose from, these include varied wood colours, foot types, headboards and frame styles. The bed frame can also be made taller to a height of 48cm with the Sonyo+ giving a more comfortable sitting position.


With finishes that span the full product range creating a complete bedroom look is easy.


Click here to download the Sonyo brochure

To see our Nolte Möbel product range visit our store and one of our design team can help plan your perfect bedroom!

We hope you have enjoyed looking at the latest addition to our brand offering. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Natuzzi Italia – Style & Innovation

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Pasquale Natuzzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Natuzzi Group, was very young when he started his career. The son of a cabinet-maker, at just 19 years of age he opened a workshop in Taranto with three collaborators, producing sofas and armchairs for the local market.

Today, after more than fifty years of challenges and intuitions, Natuzzi is Italy’s largest furniture house and the player with the greatest global reach in its sector, with eight manufacturing plants and twelve commercial offices worldwide, producing and distributing all over the world.

At Stocktons Manchester we are proud to have been in partnership with Natuzzi for many years, as a staple in our store their gallery is one of the largest and most definitely the most stylish. Its the attention to detail that sets Natuzzi Italia apart from other manufactures. This is why we always look forward in seeing the result of their in store gallery refreshes.

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Heres a sneak peak into our brand new Natuzzi Italia gallery…

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 15.35.05The neutral leather on this Natuzzi Lago sofa is accentuated by the stark contrast of the black and smoked occasional furniture all set off by the bold geometric pattern on the Natuzzi Cube rug. Adding height to a room set is one of Natuzzi Italia’s key design traits, making use of a the Natuzzi Aura high backrest armchair and the Natuzzi Jump floor lamp.

The modular Natuzzi Domino sofa is one of our most popular models and a staff favourite! with detachable arms, modular seats and a wide array of coverings it cane be made to suit any home! Shown here in a stone colours fabric with two Natuzzi Chocolat tables.

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Natuzzi Domino corner group and close up detail.

The Natuzzi King sofa is a modern take on the classic Chesterfield style. Hand pleated arms really lift the design of this sofa and the use of Nubuk leather in our display really makes this otherwise quite masculine sofa more sophisticated and feminine.
Two overlapping Natuzzi Tempo coffee tables create a layered look, both finished in a burnished metal which creates a strong contrast against the bright striped pattern of the Natuzzi Rigoriga rug.


re vive

“The worlds first performance recliner”

The human body is designed to move. Traditional recliners are operated with lever mechanisms. Natuzzi set out to change that and design a recliner that intuitively responds to your body’s movement. Re-vive moves as you move, it flexes as you adjust, providing a seamless transition between body positions.

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Various styles & Many colours

Re-vive is available in two sizes (king & Queen) and several upholstery designs; each tailored in quality coverings, in a range of contemporary colours.

In our newly refreshed Natuzzi Italia gallery we have multiple Natuzzi Re-vive chairs for you to experience for yourselves. Trying this chair out is the only way to appreciate the design and unquestionable comfort it offers.

We hope that you can make it to our new gallery and we look forward to seeing you!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our new Natuzzi Italia Gallery. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Visionnaire – Home Philosophy


We would like to introduce our incredible new Visionnaire Gallery…The luxury Bologna-based brand founded by the Cavalli family in 1959.

All the way from Milan to Manchester, Visionnaire can be found on our top floor Elite showroom. Home to our most luxurious brands such as Reflex, De Sede & Kymo.

Visionnaire is like no other product we have to offer, providing everything from furniture to wall coverings. They propose an alternative approach to the idea of interior design, offering a “total concept” solution – residential, business, contract and if you’re lucky enough to own one, yachts alike – creating customized interior atmospheres to fit your personal needs, style and taste.

Our Visionnaire Showroom

Laced with metal chains, sumptuous curtains & beautiful lighting, our gallery has a warm & welcoming feel. All of the furniture has an incredible amount of detail, their crest has proudly been stitched, embossed & engraved onto each piece making them unmistakably Visionnaire. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to find in our gallery…

The Darius Sofa

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The Darius Sofa designed by Roberto Tapinassi-Maurizio Manzoni is structured in a metallic chromed finish and upholstered with Nabuk leather and velvet. It has an adjustable backrest and super soft cushions in down feathers. This is no ordinary sofa!

Edward Bed & Alice Bedsides

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The Edward bed has an over-sized interwoven headboard large enough to house two elegantly curved Alice bedside tables. The interior of the bedsides have a beautiful textured fabric which contrast perfectly against the lacquered drawers and exterior fabric. Layering texture is a must when creating an opulent interior.

Borgia Dining Table & Jols Dining Chair

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The Borgia dining table is finished in smoked mirror with a black ceramic studded perimeter and a stainless steel base, complete with the Visionnaire crest (If you would like a custom size or colour then just let us know!). Team perfectly with the Jols dining chair. The back is intricately laced with a silver decorative chain & is available in a wide selection of fabrics and leathers.

Siegfrid Capitonne High Bench

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Siegfrid Capitonne high bench has a shallow depth ideal for entrance hallways. We have selected a stunning pewter velvet which looks beautiful on the Visionnaire embossed buttoned back. If you are after something a little more simplistic and buttons aren’t your thing then you can opt for the plain back as pictured. Feathers & tassles are optional.


Finishing touches to a room are almost important as the larger pieces of furniture. With Visionnaire detail is absolutely everything! From intricately woven panels on sofas & beds, embossed fabric mirrors to over-sized lights with perfectly curved metal forms. Lights can change the look & ambience of a room in an instant.

Owens Chandelier

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We have a selection of lights in our gallery starting with the ever so glamorous Owens chandelier. Cascading aluminium chains make up this eye catching chandelier allowing light to escape through the metal drapes.

Dagonet floor lamp & Brunilde wall lamp

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The Dagonet floor lamp & Brunilde wall lamps have been very popular additions to our gallery. Shaped aluminium legs support a luxurious silk shade. The glow from them create a beautiful ambience.

Looking to add a touch of glamour to your home but the thought of interior design scares you? Our expert design consultants are always on hand to help, offering advice on sizes, colour & of course what will look best using their extensive product knowledge! With several catalogues available, you can be sure to find your perfect style.

If you would like to take things one step further, Visionnaire offer a complete interior design service, designing everything from floor to ceiling. Creating a totally bespoke scheme tailor made for you. Below are some examples:

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We aim to offer our customers a new luxury interior decor concept that emphasises an idea closer to fashion and lifestyle, something very close to the hearts of Visionnaire founders Cavalli.

The team look forward to welcoming you into our store.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our new Visionnaire Furniture collection. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Bleu Nature – When Driftwood Meets Design

 Not your everyday beachcomber!

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At Stocktons Manchester we strive to offer our customers furniture that is not only functional but unique and beautiful as well. There is one brand that ticked all of the boxes for us and that is Bleu Nature. Creating furniture from reclaimed pieces of driftwood and natural leather hides, producing a stunning end product.

Bleu Nature came from Frank Lefebvre’s unique vision of the raw and natural material that is driftwood. The forgotten material from the waters moulded by time and current has been bewitching him since 1995.

His passion is to breathe new life into driftwood and to bring nature into modern interiors. Bleu Nature is now the unrivalled leader in driftwood products and furniture design. They claim to have used over 150 tonnes of raw material since they started production.

Frozen in time…


Some of our favourite and the most popular Bleu Nature products are the acrylic blocks. To be used as side tables or decorative object these blocks are like artistic sculptures. The pieces of driftwood deemed to have the most character are set in what they call ‘liquid glass’ an immaculately clear acrylic resin, some pieces of wood are even scorched with a flame adding even more mystique and intrigue.

This range has proven so popular it has been adopted by another of our favourite brands, Timothy Oulton. Using Bleu Natures products to accentuate there room sets they have taken the Xylum Acrylic Wood Side Tables and the Spur Acrylic Wood Side Tables and made them their own.

Producing these masterpieces takes time and skill, with only a limited few of any batch passing strict quality control as a misplaced bubble can ruin the design.

Available in many designs, so popular we try and keep some in stock get in touch with us to see what we have. 0161 – 273-5331

To shop the full acrylic range Click Here.

Statement Lighting

Bleu Nature’s lighting is inspired by wood of all types, combining their popular finishes and materials to create some exquisite lighting solutions..

Our favourite is the new Cocoon lighting range..

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Offering two sizes of pendant lamp, Cocoon Large Chandelier By Bleu Nature – L251 and Cocoon Small Chandelier By Bleu Nature – L251 as well as the Cocoon Table Lamp By Bleu Nature – L253 and Cocoon Floor Lamp By Bleu Nature – L252. The Cocoon range combines Raw Oak with the very ‘on trend’ copper metallisation of the glass shade.

To shop all Bleu Nature lighting please Click Here.

Mobilier (..Furniture)

Bleu Nature’s furniture is a comprehensive collection of eccentric design and a true love of nature and the beauty that it produces. Using a mix of fully natural aniline cow hides, raw woods with bold finishes there is not much out there that can be compared to Bleu Nature.

As hard as it was to choose here are some of our top picks..


One of our favourite sofas is the Chicane Sofa (as pictured above). Its modular design makes finding the best configuration for your home is easy. Available in many leather finishes.

Another is the unique Puddle Coffee Table Set of 2 By Bleu Nature. The free form nature of the reclaimed tree trunk pieces means the tinted glass on top resembles a puddle as it follows the lines of the trunk.

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We always try and keep this item In Stock! So click the link above to check if we have a set that can be delivered immediately.

Outdoor Collection , patina stamps its footprint on the matter …
There is elegance in things sculpted by time.

It’s seems like an obvious decision for a brand so heavily devoted to all things natural and the wild that they offer an Outdoor Furniture Collection. Equally as design orientated as their indoor range, the driftwood branches woven into one another seamlessly blend into the environment around them on this Outline Drifted 2 Seater Wing Seat.


To shop Bleu Natures full Outdoor Furniture range Click Here.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our new Bleu Nature Furniture collection. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Timothy Oulton Boarding School

Timothy Oulton Boarding School


At Stocktons Manchester quality products and exceptional service go hand in hand. We strive to deliver this to our customers every time, even if it means going back to school to do so!

As many of you may know from visiting our store, Timothy Oulton is one of our favourite brands so when a few of our design consultants were invited to the Timothy Oulton boarding school in china they jumped at the opportunity. We thought we would share with you some of the things they experienced…

The first day!

Two planes and 16 hours later we arrived in a foggy Guangzhou China, ready to tackle 4 days at the Timothy Oulton boarding school. We were welcomed with a ‘golden handshake’; a giant moulding of Tim’s hand attached to the entrance of the Centre of Excellence.  A Gyro crystal chandelier hung above the doorway, dwarfing everything around it and reinforcing the fact that Tim does nothing in half measures.

The chuckle of the wacky and wonderfully energetic Jude Leach, Timothy Oulton’s right hand woman,  with her army of smiling ambassadors greeted us as we entered the centre. The taste of Champagne, the smell of Santa Maria Novella, Rock n Roll sounds and the sight of lavish red roses made us feel right at home. Timothy Oulton’s key 5 senses working perfectly. 

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Pens and paper at the ready!

Meeting and greeting over, we all take a seat in a Timothy Oulton Scholar Chair in the classroom. We are introduced to the world of Timothy Oulton, their ambition to build a global luxury brand and their craving to understand what ‘Best On Planet’ truly means. We can all achieve just about anything we set our minds to!

Pens and paper at the ready we are introduced to the Selective, Authentic and Daring room sets, each showcasing a different element of Tim’s personality. Frantically we jotted down everything we heard and saw; there was a rumour spreading around the group that there would be an exam…

Day 2 and 3 of boarding school consisted of workshop tours, where we saw how each product is lovingly handcrafted using time-honoured techniques.  Each designer’s extraordinary attention to detail means that every bolt, every stitch and every detail is painstakingly put in its place.

Our first stop was the upholstery workshop where we met the Upholstery Master. He reveals to us the secrets of how he constructs a handmade sofa, such as the new Timothy Oulton Bayswater 3 seater. We touch and feel the quality of the infill materials, discuss spring systems and the difference between serpentine, 8 way hand tied and pocket springs.

We watched on as a Westminster sofa was made by hand in front of our eyes. To witness a craftsmen attaching 1700 brass studs individually and by hand was a sight to see.

Each of us was offered the chance to tuft a button onto a sofa. After the effortless demonstrations we thought this would be a simple task… how wrong we were! Crooked studs and wonky tufts littered the furniture and each failed attempt was met with a snigger from the watching craftsmen.

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Watch out for splinters!

We started the third day of boarding school at the reclaimed timber workshop were all of Timothy Oulton’s hand crafted wooden products are created from rescued bits of wood from all over the world.

They talked us through the process of salvaging Genuine English Reclaimed Timber, Genuine Vintage Reclaimed Boat Wood, and Genuine Vintage reclaimed Chinese doors.

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Then we met the Reclaimed Wood Master, Eddy Gibson aka EDDIE ‘SALVAGE HANDS’. He talks us through his methodology “we look at each reclamation category, its heritage, provenance and story. Where they have derived from, how we restore the authenticity and character to give it life again.

He showed us a container thats full of old nails and bolts removed from the reclaimed wood, one Timothy Oulton Axel square mirror had over 400 nails that needed to be pulled out before it can be completed. He explained to us that he was keeping the nails in the hope of finding a use for them some day.


We headed up to the carving room where we saw a man sat at his work station meticulously working away at the top portion of a bookcase. The attention to detail is astounding!

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Vintage Inspired Lighting!

Timothy Oulton’s lighting may be the most popular part of his product collection, so it was a privilege to be able to see how lights such as the Timothy oulton Cross glass chandelier, the Timothy Oulton Bernoulli pendant and the Timothy Oulton Odeon chandelier are made.

We took a look at all the authentic materials, K9 glass which is a clearer optical grade glass giving the brightness of crystal without the added weight and the various aged metal patinas. We watched the lighting master and his team delicately apply crystals by hand to products.

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Diego The Leather Master! 

Final stop of the day is a trip to the leather workshop, Timothy Oulton is famous for creating stunning leather finishes, pushing boundaries and using strange imaginative techniques to make leathers finishes unlike any other brand.


This is where the Leather Master Diego and his team work their magic with their lotions and potions. Diego doesn’t give any of his secrets away, he is a scientist and keeps all of his recipes locked up in his lab where very few people are invited. Unfortunately we didn’t get to set foot in his hideaway.

We were taken through the aniline hand dying and hand finishing process. We looked at the different types of hides used, understanding how to identify them and explaining the individuality and extreme finishes to our customers. Like the new ‘Buk’dN Brok’n’ as used on the Timothy Oulton Saddle chair.

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We get the chance to hand dye and distress the leathers ourselves, this gives us a true understanding as to what makes these Timothy Oulton leathers so unique and why they preach “the imperfections are the perfections

Our Final Day – We are Timothy Oulton Ambassadors!

Waking up on the fourth and final day, our brains spilling over with Timothy Oulton knowledge. We recap over the last 3 days in preparation for our exam.

We were given the great honour of meeting and having a chat with Timothy Oulton himself, a true gent with a big & bold personality. He wants to be the best and WONT stop until he achieves his goal.

Result – 100% pass rate across the group…we celebrated our Timothy Oulton graduation with a bowler hat photoshoot & champagne finale followed by dinner at the famous wooden dome home.

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A Truly amazing experience! We are all honoured to have graduated as Timothy Oulton Ambassadors.

We hope you enjoyed hearing all about our adventure! Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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Our Milan Furniture Show 2016

Our Milan Furniture Show 2016


This month at Stocktons Manchester we have been especially busy with our new in store displays, launching our Spring sale & of course the famous Milan Furniture Show – Salone Del Mobile. Milano.

We know our customers love to keep up with current trends, so just so you don’t miss out, here are our favourite finds from our travels to Italy…

REFLEX – Pininfarina

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The Reflex stand never fails to impress! A luxury Italian brand showcasing incredible furniture for every room. This stunning table designed by Pininfarina – the designer of Ferrari, caught our eye. The smooth streamlined copper base creates a real statement and the clear glass top allows your dinner guests to see it in all its glory.

The Reflex TITANIUM mirror clock is one of our most admired pieces, with a bevelled edge & illuminated Roman numeral you can see why! This mirror is currently in stock & available for immediate delivery.

Products shown in the above images..

1 & 2. titanium mirror, segno 72 dining table, vela sedia dining chair

3. swan bed, leaf chandelier



From one Pininfarina design to the next… Calligaris ORBITAL Dining table features a technologically advanced automatic extending system… sounds complicated but it is simply one fluid movement to extend the table. With its laminated ceramic glass top and new finish, this beautiful table offers excellent resistance to wear and tear, is easily cleaned and can play both decorative and practical roles.

We also loved the flowing glass base of the VOLO Dining Table, creating the illusion that the wooden top is floating in mid air.

Products shown in the above images..

1. orbital dining table, aida dining chair, pom pom ceiling lights

2. volo dining table, sextans ceiling light

3. damasco wall mirrors

CATTELAN – keramik

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Ceramic has proved to be a big hit at this year’s show & rightly so. Cattelan Italia showed off an extremely durable finish perfect for family living. Heat proof, scratch proof & hygienic, their Keramik range is perfect for family life. No more worrying about marking your table when bringing out your best china! We loved the GORDON keramik dining table.

For small living spaces or finding extra space for those un-expected dinner guests, the CONVIVIUM console table cleverly extends to become a 3 metre dining table.

We expected the Cattelan CLOUD pendant light to float away! This beautiful pendant is available in different sizes, so finding the right one for your home is easy.

Products shown in the above images..

1. gordon dining table, magda dining chair,

2. cloud pendant light.

3. convivium console, pandola shelving

LAGO – Something old, something new

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This year Lago made a bold statement, mixing traditional interiors with contemporary furniture & proved to us it can be done! The floating AIR bed can be set in the centre of a room, here they have combined the transparency of glass with the warmth of wood. Place is an ultra-modern apartment or a high ceiling Georgian house for the perfect look!

The AIR range have just introduced a circular dining table perfect with the AIR bookcase.

Products shown in the above images..

1. wildwood air bed, 36e8 air chest of drawers.

2. air circular dining table, air bookcase

We hope our top picks have inspired you! Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter…watch this space for new brands arriving soon.

For any information on any of the products shown in this blog please don’t hesitate get in touch either call us on: 0161 273 5331 or email us at:

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