About Arkana

Best known for the Tulip range designed by Maurice Burke which is 1960s/70s version of the designs of Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the mid-1950s, Arkana furniture seems to have originally been made in Dundee or Falkirk. At some point in the mid to late 1960s, Arkana was taken over by Christie Tyler which by then also owned Avalon. A1968 catalogue calls Arkana ”A Christie Tyler Company” and at some point production of Arkana furniture must have moved from Scotland to Bath.

Christie Tyler was a successful upholstery manufacturer which at some point in the 1960s started to take over furniture makers such as Avalon which owned Bath Cabinet Makers (BCM) and Arkana. The company appears to have had major problems around 1985 and closed Avalon - BCM and Arkana having gone prior to that in the late 1970s.