Howard Keith Diplomat sofa / HK Diplomat, 1970s original, recovered in the 1990s and in need of new upholstery

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Designer: John Home

Howard Keith (HK Designs)


We are delighted to offer this vintage original Howard Keith HK Diplomat sofa from the 1970s, for sale on behalf of a private client.

This HK Diplomat sofa was reupholstered and recovered in the mid 90s but could be reupholstered in more contemporary or retro style fabric to become a very handsome piece. A great project!
(See examples of different fabrics, original and reupholstered Diplomat sofas here)

Only one owner since bought.

In fair condition for age, some wear and tear, and slight sagging to left arm which could be repaired quite easily.
The covers can be removed from the back and seating cushions as they have zips.

Dimensions: Width 260-263cm, Depth 105-108cm. Height 60-67cm

The Diplomat sofa is full of drama. Designed by John Home in 1970 for HK Furniture Ltd (Howard Keith), London, the originals have a wooden frame, foam upholstery with textile, often plush covers and usually with chromed cylindrical metal legs. The Diplomat’s low, modernist sleek lines and deep-set seating make them a well sought after piece.

Howard Keith created bespoke furniture for the Queen’s Royal Train and the QE2 cruise liner. HK of London designed furniture for the British Parliament and the Royal Bank of England.

Price: £900

Collection only from our client in Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7

Please email us at [email protected] for more details or if you have any questions.

How we work:-

• We act as an agent connecting buyers and sellers.
• We have not seen the goods in person. 
• We take no responsibility for the good themselves – we simply negotiate and introduce buyer and seller.
• The sale is agreed on the understanding that the seller has identified and provided detailed descriptions and photographs of the exact and true condition.
• Once a sale has been agreed, we collect full payment from the buyer on behalf of the seller, then we release the address and contact details for collection to be arranged, and hold the monies until the buyer has confirmed the items have been received by the buyer. We then pass on payment to the seller.
• Payment is accepted by bank transfer only to our UK bank account with any transfer or currency conversion costs to be covered by the buyer (we do not take credit card or accept payment from Paypal)
• This item may not meet contemporary fire safety standards which were introduced after this item was made. You may also want to consider recovering or reupholstery.
• If the buyer wishes to see the items in person first, we collect full payment and hold this as a deposit to then release the sellers details to the buyer. If for any reason upon seeing the item the buyer decides not to go ahead, the buyer has our assurance we will refund the monies in full, minus any bank charges if applicable.
• If the buyer arranges collection of the items without seeing them first, and then changes their mind, the return of the goods will be the buyers responsibility and cost, and upon confirmation from the seller of safe receipt in the exact condition which they were collected, we refund the monies in full, minus any bank charges if applicable.

Please email us at [email protected] for more details or if you have any questions.

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