We were asked to design free-standing individual pieces for this sitting room. They had to be timeless and utterly unique.
To the approval of the client, we designed the pieces loosely on the theme of ‘East meets West’; somewhat Deco influence, fused with Oriental undertone. The arcs on the doors were each painstakingly made from seven individual pieces, with the meeting of the arcs symbolic of the theme.
Having pre-determined the overall heights, the bases were kept comparatively low, to allow greater height and therefore elegance to the upper sections.
Each has an antique mirror back and lambskin internal top and bottom. Knowing they were to be used as display cabinetry, the sides were made of framed glass, also. Wanting to keep the front facades ‘clean’ it was decided early on to not use knobs or handles. The base drawers are therefore push-catch, and the upper doors with scalloped side handles.
To the lower pieces flanking the fireplace opening, dark shell handles were selected.
After carrying out several finishes, we selected a medium stain on black walnut, in a semi-satin lacquer. A fraction of red tint was added, to help fulfil the Oriental approach. A small, three-stepped mould was made as a finishing detail touch and applied to the recessed end panels and drawers.