In 2018, we're marking 300 years since the birthday of the famous cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. His contribution to the collection at Nostell in West Yorkshire is outstanding and extensive. Find out more about this remarkable figure and his legacy at our places and learn what commemorative events and exhibitions are planned through the year at Nostell and online. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is the most famous and influential furniture-maker Britain has ever produced. He rose from humble origins in the town of Otley, Yorkshire to become cabinet-maker to some of the most powerful and influential people of his day – aristocrats, politicians, businessmen, actors and royalty. His revolutionary book of designs, first published in 1754, made him famous throughout Europe and North America. Since then, the name ‘Chippendale’ has become a byword for fine quality furniture-making all over the world.