William Garvey, British furniture designers and makers, were commissioned by furniture designer Catriona Braybrooke to create a collection of freestanding wooden furniture for the kitchen, bathroom, dining and bedroom areas for the dower house of a Gloucestershire property. The firm was responsible for project management, surveying working drawings, CNC, manufacture, polishing, installation, materials and delivery.
William Garvey needed to ensure quality pieces of furniture made from material sympathetic to the architecture of the home and its rich history. Careful discussions led to the specification of hardwood timbers, such as Oak, Ash and Black Walnut, which offer a natural raw beauty with enhanced durability and strength, making it ideal for an active home set in the Gloucestershire countryside.
The bespoke freestanding furniture for this project includes cabinetry, fitted base units/drawers with bar handles, and a freestanding tall cupboard with built-in storage, all crafted from solid oak; sink, a wooden Double Belfast Sink made from teak; Kitchen Table, a trestle style dining table, made from walnut; and six chairs, made from walnut and with bound hemp rope backrests and seats – all for the Kitchen – and a 2700mm x 1000mm Dining Table, made from walnut and designed to complement the homeowner’s original set of modernist Italian chairs for the Dining Room.
For the Bathroom and Shower Room, William Garvey created a Bath surround, which is a fully enclosed bath tub surrounded with rim and made from teak; a Basin counter and shelving, including built-in medicine cabinets with peep-hole handles, made from teak; and Basin countertop, designed to accommodate the undermount basin with integrated full-length shelving, made from oak.
The Bedrooms benefited from a twin set of freestanding wardrobes with ebonised handles, made of ash; a bedside cabinet with three drawers and open storage, made from walnut and another bedside cabinet with open shelf and concealed storage, made from walnut.
For the Flooring, the firm decided on American Black Walnut, while for the Interior Doors & Frames it opted out for eight doors and six frames, made from oak and a front door and frame made from oak as well. The oak door is made in the classic time honoured country door fashion of two layers of planks one at right angles to the other.
Specialists in the craft of working with wood, William Garvey exploits the advantages of bespoke furniture by tailoring it to the needs of the individual and the space it will occupy.