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‘Freestanding’ with William Garvey Furniture Makers


British Furniture Designers & Makers, William Garvey, were commissioned to make furniture for the dower house of a Gloucestershire property.

William Garvey have made a group of pieces of furniture commissioned by the furniture designer Catriona Braybrooke, a long term client, who designs solid timber furniture, a rarity in present days and a pleasure for wood workers to create in this way.

Catriona, a furniture designer with her own concept designs, commissioned William Garvey to create a collection of freestanding wooden furniture for the kitchen, bathroom, dining and bedroom areas.

It was important for William Garvey to create quality pieces of furniture made from material  sympathetic to the architecture of this Gloucestershire home and its rich history. Careful discussion 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: ideal for an active home set in the Gloucestershire countryside.  

William Garvey were responsible for project management, surveying, working drawings, CNC, manufacture, polishing, installation, materials and delivery.

Bespoke freestanding furniture for this private project includes:

Kitchen: 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

Chairs – six chairs, made from Walnut and with bound hemp rope backrests and seats

Dining Room: Table – Dining Table, made from walnut and designed to complement the homeowner’s original set of modernist Italian chairs 

Bathroom & Shower Room: Bath surround – a fully enclosed bath tub surround with rim, made from teak

Basin counter and shelving – including built-in medicine cabinets with peep-hole handles, made from teak

Basin countertop – designed to accommodate the undermount basin with integrated full-length shelving, made from Oak 

Bedrooms: Wardrobes – twin set of freestanding wardrobes with ebonised handles, made of Ash 

Bedside cabinet–bedside cabinet with three drawers and open storage, made from walnut

Bedside cabinet –bedside cabinet with open shelf and concealed storage, made from walnut

Rest of house: Flooring – American Black Walnut

Interior Doors & Frames – Eight doors and six frames, made from Oak

Exterior Doors & Frames – The front door and frame, made from Oak

Oak Front Door and frame: 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 Furniture Makers exploit the advantages of bespoke furniture by tailoring it to the needs of the individual and the space it will occupy. The furniture will last for generations.

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