We were recently asked to create a set of furniture for a Texan businessman based on the designs of the famous English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, whose work we often bring to life today.
The commission involved creating a Lutyens viceroy table for the client’s family home in Austin. While similar to the one we made for Yale University, in this case it’s designed to match the oval pattern of the dining room’s floor tiles. The table can be extended to add four additional leaves, with space for 12 chairs. The table was made from walnut, with a subtle ebony line detail, and a lacquer to provide durability. The elegant, spider-backed chairs are also taken from Sir Edwin’s drawings.
We also made two 1929 sofas, with extraordinary hand-carved details such as the Delhi bells and bun feet, in walnut with an ebonised finish. In consultation with our clients, we can also deviate from the original drawings where appropriate. In this case, the client wanted the sofas to be higher than the original designs and, rather than being upholstered, we created these wonderful double-skinned cane panels.
The set was completed by this writing desk for the client’s wife, based on Sir Edwin’s Knebworth design, with sapele for the leaves and rails, and madrona burr for the top and drawer fronts.