We have completed a number of ‘Arts and Crafts’ inspired bookcases for clients, with each unit being designed to compliment specific locations and existing furniture. To date all bookcases have been constructed from quarter sawn oak (a method of sawing timber to produce ‘medullary rays’ – a decorative wavy ribbon-like pattern) which also results in the timber being less susceptible to warping. The simplicity of design suits this type of oak, and the timber was finished by a Suffolk based furniture restorer who hand tints and polishes the items.
Joints were mortise and tenonned. No hidden screws or brackets were used, and no other material other than solid oak incorporated.
As an office we supply our preferred joiners with full size details of each unit, including all profiles and construction details.
This item of furniture is constructed from oak, and incorporates elements of seventeenth century panelling.
The quality of detail expressed on the outside of the item was continued internally, and the unit was fitted out with brass hanging rails and a series of oak drawers (the latter incorporating ‘cut outs’ to the face of the drawers to suit the profile of the client’s hand). All drawers are of solid oak dovetail construction, and handmade ironmongery was used to the base drawers, with nothing but simple finger hole ‘cut outs’ being provided to the main doors.
Our client wanted a chalk / notice board for his kitchen, and fortunately was not adverse to us producing something of quirky appearance. The item is a practical everyday piece, but one that includes some pleasing design features, including the central heart motif, which was designed to also suggest the profiles to two doves facing each other.
The noticeboard includes simple and useful details such as a grooved chalk shelf, and a recess with hinged flap, in which to store chalk.
A curious feature of an arts and crafts villa owned by our client was an unfinished fireplace within a small sitting area. Existing features such as corbels and tile details had to be carefully surveyed, and these formed the starting point for our design.
We produced a bold cornice, that advances and recedes to suit the existing architecture. The result was a bold design that completes the fireplace and provides a central focus for the room.