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Furniture for Sale – Summer 2017

Monday, June 12th, 2017

We have various ex-show pieces on sale with significant reductions on what would be their ‘commissioned’ price. Once a speculative piece has done a number of exhibitions for us we feel it has ‘earned its keep’ and it’s time to find it a new home. This ensures there is always something new to look at on a visit to the Courtyard Gallery and gives us the opportunity to replace a showroom piece with new design ideas.

Although most of the furniture is usually here in the showroom at the Courtyard Workshop we are also taking part in Making Dorset (June 30th to July 2nd) so some of the pieces will be on show there for the duration of the exhibition. Please refer to the ‘Location’ text.

The Courtyard Gallery & Workshops are open by appointment, so if you would like to come along and see the furniture please get in contact with Simon, Bridget or John.

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Burr Ash and Ripple Sycamore Drinks Cabinet

New for 2017, a stunning native burr ash and figured sycamore drinks cabinet where the frame appears to float free of the cabinet section. LED lighting on sensor which comes on when doors are opened, 4 glass adjustable shelves within.

Materials: Native figured sycamore walnut with burr ash doors

Dimensions: 70cm x 46cm, 180cm high

For sale: £6250

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

There are more details and more images of this cabinet elsewhere on this blog – please click here to read more.

 

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Gently curved open oak shelves above with 2 doors and single drawer in cabinet section. A piece that would look stunning in a kitchen, reception room or hallway. The ultimate in practical contemporary furniture pieces.

Materials: Oak shelves and frame with ripple ash doors and drawers.

Dimensions: 104cm x 42cm, 222cm high

For sale: £3750 (£4750 to commission new)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired Display Cab copy(Pair of) Ascot Display Cabinets

A pair of elegant subtle curved full height glass door display cabinets. Ideal for display of collectables, glassware etc but also as a drinks cabinet. Ideally sold as pair but will split.

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Dimensions: 96cm x 38cm, 203cm high (each)

Materials: English walnut with figured sycamore interior. LED lighting and adjustable glass shelves within.
For sale as pair: £7000 (£9,900 to commission new)

For sale individually: £3500 (£4950 to commission new)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

 

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Gabriel Dining Chair

Pictured with walnut lozenge dining table (details below.) Gabriel chairs are available to commission in other timbers and combinations.

Materials: Black walnut with black walnut laminated back, purple and gold woven fabric.

Dimensions: 46cm x 52cm, 105cm high

For sale: £750 each (£975 each to commission new each, without fabric)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

We currently have 4 of these Gabriel chairs available, we can make others to match.

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Lozenge Dining Table

Black walnut lozenge shaped top with black walnut underframe. Laminated curved structural rails with 2 pillars keeping frame away from knees. Seats 8 to 10. Available in other materials and sizes.

Materials: Black Walnut (with English walnut details in pillars)

Dimensions: 220cm x 108cm, 75cm high

For sale: £3950 (£4950 to commission new)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

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Walnut Drinks Cabinet

Stunning English & burr walnut drinks cabinet where the frame appears to float free of the cabinet section. LED lighting on sensor which comes on when opened, 3 glass adjustable shelves within.

Materials: English walnut with burr black walnut doors

Dimensions: 78cm x 46cm, 180cm high

For sale: £5950 (£6720 to commission new)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

There are more details and more images of this cabinet elsewhere on this blog – please click here to read more.

 

 

(Pair of) Pivot Drawer Console Tables

Ash-Pivit-Drawer-Console-768x1024A pair of lovely pivot drawer tables in native ash, a much under-appreciated wood! The drawers pivot from the outside edge creating an unusual but nevertheless very useful storage space (large enough for A4 plus plenty more). Perfect as a hall table to drop keys and other items into. Ideally sold as a pair but will split. Available to commission in other timbers. (We have made them in walnut and sycamore previously.)

Dimensions: 120cm x 45cm, 80cm high (each)

Materials: English ash with Scottish grey/brown leather interior.

For sale as pair: £5500 (£7250 to commission new)

For sale individually: £2750 (£3625 to commission new)

Current Location: The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

 

All of these pieces are available for viewing at the Courtyard Workshop Showroom, Briantspuddle, Dorset. DT2 7HJ. The showroom is open by appointment.

A Very Special Whisky Drinker’s Cabinet

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

I really enjoy designing drinks cabinets (from a furniture perspective of course!) There is something about them that just leads to elegant forms. Over the years we have done dramatic bars for private residences, drinks cabinets as feature elements within kitchens, corner cabinets, and free-standing pieces.

Around 5 years ago we did a spectacular free-standing cabinet for an existing client in burr sycamore and ripple ash, it’s always been a favourite piece of mine but I always wondered what it might look like in a dark timber – its alter ego piece in a sense. So in early 2015 when I received an enquiry from the interior designer Anna Bilton for just such a piece I was delighted. We decided to make two, one for Anna’s client and another as a speculative piece in a slightly different combination of timbers; the client piece being in black (American) and burr walnut and ours in English and burr walnut.

The cabinet is suspended within an offset framework with gently curved rails and sweeping legs. The doors are slightly curved in profile and covered in that stunning burr walnut, book matched either side of the scalloped handle detail. The doors have a bespoke pivot hinge made by specialist engineers in bronze to our design – nothing off the shelf would do.

Inside, the warm LED spotlights come on as the doors are opened revealing the rich interior hues. Bottles and glasses are displayed on adjustable glass shelves and there is a bronzed mirror in the back to create the illusion of depth but also to reflect that warm light around the cabinet space.

Perhaps it is a favourite piece because it comes closest to the cabinet I’d want to have for my own little weakness – I do enjoy fine single malt whisky. I used the opportunity to photograph it with own collection of Cask Strength Edition bottles from Chivas Brothers – highly recommended by the way. As well as being very attractive bottles these very special whiskies also echo the bespoke craft, time and dedication we put into our furniture. One day I’ll get to make my own drinks cabinet, and when I do it will look very much like this one.

It’s also a bit of a dedication to my father who passed away in early 2015. Captain George Pirie was a gentle Scotsman from the North East, where the best whisky comes from by the way! He taught me to appreciate a good dram, and it’s his hip flask – a gift on his retirement from his ship’s crew, that gleams on the bottom shelf. Slàinte!

There is an article on this blog dedicated to the furniture we have made for drink, but as I say in that “choose you drinking furniture wisely.”

The original cabinet in ripple ash and very a unusual burr sycamore next to the recent native walnut and burr walnut version

The walnut drinks cabinet is currently on display at our workshop showroom and is for sale at £6720.

Choose Your Drinking Furniture Responsibly!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

An odd subject maybe, but one I have been thinking around recently due mainly to a couple of exciting commissions coming up, but also on the strength of our ‘drinking related furniture’ portfolio past…

The relation between food and furniture is often expressed in the dining furniture and kitchens we design, furniture that aids the practical making of and social consumption of food. Food is everywhere, when we are not making it and eating it we seem to be watching others making and eating it. But what about drinking and the furniture we make for it? Well let me show you…

Over the years we have made plenty of bespoke drinks cabinets, kitchens for the wine obsessed and even private cocktail bars in hidden country barns. We’ve done breakfast coffee dressers and cabinets that act as a sculpture plinth, a homage to the mighty Gaggia expresso machine. Dedicated drinking furniture is a serious genre!

I really enjoy designing drinks cabinets (from a furniture perspective of course), there is something about them that just leads to elegant forms. We have done corner cabinets, freestanding cabinets and those that fit within fitted furniture. My favourite over the years is probably the burr sycamore and ripple ash piece pictured here. We actually made a pair of these, one for a long standing client in Yorkshire which was made entirely of sycamore and this similar showroom version who’s frame was in ripple ash instead. The speculative one sold to a London client soon after. Perhaps it is my favourite because it comes closest to the cabinet i’d want to have for my own little weakness – I enjoy fine single malt whiskys’ and one day I’ll make my own version of one of these.

The really exciting news from my perspective is we have just been commissioned to make this piece’s alter ego, a similar cabinet in dark burr walnut with a black walnut frame. Once again we will make a slightly different second speculative piece, this showroom version will be made with an English walnut frame. It’s always fun making a piece you know well in a very different timber, it completely changes its character, I can’t wait to see it. Both new cabinets should be completed by June 2015.

The other new piece we are working up the designs of is a very large drum cabinet. Normally these have been walk-in larder units within kitchens, but this one is destined to be a bar. Should be stunning – fairly restrained on the outside in fumed oak and greyed ripple sycamore with a blaze of bright lit colour on the inside (still deciding what colour!) It will have curved doors that open up with the drinks bottles on retained shelves on the inside of the doors, a wine rack that pierces the outer skin of the drum, a small mixing sink internally with coffee making facilities and a ‘Quooker’ boiling water tap. There will be lots of internal storage for glasses, cups, bottles etc and a couple of our bespoke ‘Guinness and Murphy’ bar stools (yes I know, drinking related again!) to prop up the stone bar top with. It will be a really striking, fun piece to make for the new showroom display for the Big Kitchen Company, whom we work in partnership with on their larger bespoke projects and who we use supply most of the appliances on our kitchens.

And it’s kitchens we turn to next. This is where the relationship between drinking and furniture becomes very serious. It all started as a conversation between me and long-term clients who have become firm friends over a good bottle of wine about remaking the doors on their kitchen. The kitchen had always been too small for the rest of the house, particularly as they loved entertaining, cooking and particularly drinking – very fine wines. I suggested it was pointless just hanging new doors on this miserable little space and that they should build a new space for the kitchen. Over the course of the evening it somehow became a two storey extension – not for a bedroom above though, but for a dedicated wine cellar below! Two years later they got their shiny kitchen, complete with bespoke balestrade and stairs down to the temprature controlled wine cellar. Of course we had to find space for a wine fridge or two upstairs as well. There is a full case study of this project including a film elsewhere on this blog, just click here to read…

But for serious drinking evenings and sheer exhuberance one project really stands out from over the years. That’s partly down to it’s scale, but also down to the way it looks and the material palette. This was the barn conversion in North Dorset, half of which was going to be serious office / study, the other half a cocktail bar and entertainment / cinema space. We had a great time designing and making this out of elm, a man-made dark brown check veneer and a blue madrona burr veneer. It feels more like a lush luxury hotel bar somewhere exotic than the Dorset countryside. It had a fully equipped professional stainless steel catering bar behind our warm toned timber work which includes everything you need to serve a complex cocktail to a simple cold beer. For late at night (or early in the morning) there was a proper Gaggia expresso coffee making machine in its own recessed alcove and cabinet.

I love the lighting on this project. That blue burr veneer just came alive with the other elements and has a surprising warmth for something so firmly in the blue scale. I think my favourite part is the drinks display shelves on the wall behind.

The family use the space lots and have 4 grown up children, so i’m sure it’s been the scene of many memorable parties over the years! It’s always graitifying to know a space you have been involved in designing gets so well used. Again there is a full case study for this project elsewhere on the blog…

The Warnings Bit! Of course I shouldn’t be flippent about drinking here, alcohol is a source of great pleasure to many but it is also a drug – remember to drink responsibly. Equal care should be taken with the furniture – choose your drinking furniture responsibly, that of course means coming to us!

Open Workshop Weekend – Just Days To Go

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

It’s just days to go to our ‘Open Workshop Weekend’ on the 15th & 16th October now so we are busy getting the space ready, having a tidy up and getting prepared to answer all your questions.

CB 1As well as our bespoke furniture on display, work by Colin Bishop will also be show. His extraordinary paintings of surrounding Briantspuddle Heath are painted in one session, out in the elements, whatever the weather.

Locally produced cheese and breads will be available for visitors along with drinks and a warm welcome over the whole weekend.

There will be dining tables, chairs, console tables, and cabinets on show, as well as some of our Japan inspired ‘Torii’ side tables. Made as a limited run of 12 pairs we have them currently available in sycamore/stainless steel, elm/walnut and cherry/walnut. These and 1 final set in 2012 are the last we will make.

Some exquisite ex-show pieces will be on sale at up to half price to clear the way for new designs. You will also be able to wonder around the Courtyard Workshop, seeing current work in progress, including a large curved public seating piece for a shopping centre in Dorchester made from locally sourced scorched black and natural oak.

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It will also be a first chance to see our new ‘Gabrial’ dining chair. I talked about it in the blog back in August and showed some sneak previews of the first prototype. We have now made our first showroom pair in walnut and bleached birds-eye sycamore. It will be interesting to hear the reaction they get from clients that know us well, they are very different to our ‘Oryx’ and ‘Impala’ chairs.

I hope you can make it along. There will be lots to look at and a rare chance to pick up a real bargain, relatively speaking!

A quick rundown of some of furniture that will be reduced in price: (more…)