The 70 small islands of the Orkney archipelago are located 6 miles north of the Scottish mainland. Trees don't grow in the Orkneys because of the strong North Sea winds which blow throughout the year. These factors put their mark on the style of living and consequently on furniture design. The most well known and probably the most traditional piece of Orcadian furniture is the Orkney Chair. The original chair design is much less elaborate than today's chairs. The first ever Orkney Chairs had much shorter legs allowing the user to sit much lower to the ground - to avoid the sooty air from the peat fires which were common in all Orkney homes.