St Andrews Church, Ham.
Richard Woolf of McDaniel Woolf, Chartered Architects in Richmond, approached us with a proposal of various bespoke pieces to sit within St Andrews Church, Ham.
Having worked with Richard previously we knew his passion of purity and correctness in design and making, he requested the pieces be made traditional by a cabinetmaker, using hand tools and skills and not via a computer programmed CNC, which sadly seems to have overrode these sought after hand skills.
White Marble, Granite and Neolith Trend
Over the last few years we have seen the interiors market become inundates with marble, granite and Neolith. This is a trend we really love when used in architecture and interior design.
These materials have always been perceived as a luxurious, high-quality material. Recently Neolith becoming top designers’ stone of choice for contemporary, modern design. This is especially the case when paired with contrasting natural materials such as leather, copper or wood.
2016 marks the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. His former houses, The Nash House and The New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as the surrounding gardens, are being restored to mark the anniversary and become the ultimate site to visit for Shakespeare enthusiasts across the globe.
As part of this ambitious project we have been asked to create a set of large bespoke oak doors, long table, tall cupboards and two fold up stools to the garden area of the original Elizabethan house ‘The New Place’. The doors feature a stunning hand forges bronze hinges and locks with diamond pattern scored into the wood marking out the bronze studs.
From the initial sketches to the construction and finishing touches, the whole project has been undertaken in our Worcestershire workshop. We have dedicated hours to making sure these beautiful handmade doors are of the highest possible cabinet making standard.
This project has been a huge honour for us to work on as the doors will create the entrance to the former home of England’s most famous poet and play writer. We are excited at the prospect of our work becoming at the heart of such an iconic historical landmark for decades to come.
From Start to Finish
Today we take you into the world of John Beavan Cabinet Makers and show you some of the detailed steps we go through to create our unique, bespoke pieces. These items were created for a private home in Piccadilly, London.
The collector has been acquiring a number of beautiful, original pieces for his residence for a number of years. He then was unable to find the exact items he required for his home that were in the pristine condition he had always insisted on. There was only one solution for this; the commission bespoke furniture.
We created a range of stunning pieces in the Regency style of 18th Century architect, Henry Holland:
~ A Late George III Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany and Rosewood Centre Table after a Henry Holland design
~ A Regency style Rosewood and Parcel Gilt Settee, pair of chairs and footstools after a Henry Holland design
~ A Pair of Regency style Kingwood and Gilt wood Tables after Henry Holland design
~ A Pair of late George III style Rosewood and Parcel Gilt Side Chairs after a Henry Holland design
~ A Late George III Style Mahogany Tub Armchair after the model at Stourhead supplied by Thomas Chippendale Junior
~ Copy of Gilt Brass Mounted Mahogany Étagères
~ A pair of Regency style mahogany and ebonised side cabinets
~ A pair of Regency style mahogany and parcel gilt side cabinets
~ A Regency style mahogany and parcel gilt sculpture pedestal
Each item was sketched by hand keeping elements of design from the original items within the collection. Each individual detail was lovingly created by hand; including the small ormolu detail which was initially hand carved before lost wax casting.
Projects like this are a dream for us as we can use the finest of finishes and fabrics whilst producing historically accurate reproductions. It is noted in the Sotheby’s catalogue for the auction of this collection has ‘a refusal to accept anything but the highest quality in the best condition is evident’.
A bespoke furniture collection for Woolf Interior Architecture and Design
Recently, we were commissioned an exciting project; to design and create a collection of luxury and bespoke furniture.
Our client requested a selection of luxury pieces for a high-end London property.
We created a collection consisting of a dark stained bedside table, a silvered writing desk, a silvered dressing table and silvered chest of six drawers.
The beautifully curved writing desk along with an elegantly styled make-up table, are both pieces which have individual elements adding character to the sleek, contemporary design.
The writing desk is elegant and functional, with filing space in the bottom two drawers. Subtle details in the shadow gaps and dark bronze handles compliment the luxurious vellum inset top.
For the six-drawer chest, we kept a square shape, moving away from the curves of the other pieces. To form an alliance and unity with the other pieces, we kept the same modern style with the silver stained timber and contrasting handles.
The writing desk, dressing table and chest of drawers were all finished in lavish metallic silver lacquer with beautiful contrasting dark bronze handles. Each drawer is expertly made with dovetail jointing methods. By staining the interior and exterior in a dark wenge colour, the dovetail joints are emphasised.
A pair of bedside cabinets, finished in a stained ash veneer and each with a contrasting shadow gap, finish off this collection. The drawers of the cabinets are mitred to give a flush look, and square steel handles complete the piece.
The modest, yet beautifully bespoke style of this hand crafted collection is a true reflection of the skill of John Beavan.
A fresh new look – Autumn 2015
Our stylish and contemporary new brand and website, really brings to life what we do. We are designers and makers of beautiful, contemporary, bespoke furniture. We work with interior designers, architects and home owners; working with them to bring their ideas and visions to life.
Individual designs create stunning pieces, ones which we are extremely proud of. Each piece we create is made with love, skill and commitment. We are perfectionists in our field and those who work with us, will vouch for that.
We work with given specifications, offering a full design service to suit each client’s individual style need. Ranging from historical classical reproduction pieces to beautiful luxury deluxe yacht cabinets; we can work to any brief, the more challenging the better!
We hope you love our new website. Soon, we will have an online brochure available which will show more of our work and really showcase what we can do.