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Dorset Art Weeks 2018

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The Courtyard Gallery and Workshops (DAW venue 171) is the stunning, rural location of renowned furniture maker Simon Thomas Pirie. This year, Simon is thrilled to be joined by two very distinguished artists: glass-maker Ruth Dresman and abstract painter Georgina Fermer, who bring a vivid splash of colour to this vibrant exhibition.

 

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Ruth Dresman:
This glass has been both liquid and solid, blown and carved in the process of its creation. Simple forms frame the flowing images brought to life by light and colour.

 

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Georgina Fermer:
Georgina’s training at Hornsey College Of Art in the 60s laid the basis for a life in painting. Her inspiration comes from the visual impact of emotionally moving places or events, certain motifs (landscape, buildings, water, light) that have arisen repeatedly over years, not always from conscious choice.

 

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We will also be using one of Plankbridge’s stunning shepherd’s huts as the design office during the event. These fabulous huts built by Richard Lee and his team in the Piddle Valley make great garden rooms, offices and studios. It will give us a bit more gallery space to show work in as well!

 

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Needless to say there will be plenty of our own work in the gallery showcasing the beauty and versatility of natural timber. There will be classic designs alongside new pieces including tables, chairs, display cabinets and a few surprises! On weekdays the busy workshop will be open for visitors to see work in progress and to chat to the team as they create more heirlooms of the future.

Click here for more detail about the furniture on display during DAW 2018, including ex show pieces on sale.

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Dorset Art Weeks 2018 runs from Saturday 26 May until Sunday 10 June, We are open every day from 10am until 5pm.

Directions: From the A35, 2 miles west of Bere Regis, follow signs for Briantspuddle and Warmwell (B3390). From there keep following the yellow DAW venue signs for around 1 mile onto Rogers Hill Farm.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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At Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd we pride ourselves in being able to turn our hand to any furniture-related job be it big or small. This year we have been fortunate to have been approached by three separate local churches to help them with very different projects. Working within the architecture of these beautiful sacred spaces always gives us lots of scope for dramatic designs that domestic furniture rarely enjoys. There are also millennia of history, faith, tradition and religious practice to draw on and sometimes move away from. Fertile creative ground!

Morden Nave Altar 4Morden Nave Altar 2The first of these projects, a new nave altar, was for St Mary’s Church in Morden. On visiting this unusually light and airy Parish church, Simon was immediately struck by the beautiful way in which the nave arch and the West window followed the exact same curve and so it made perfect sense to replicate this feature in the under-frame of the altar table. The whole thing is made from solid oak with the top constructed from 11 separate shaped pieces, this is emphasised by a small v-groove running along the length of the top creating a visibly grooved surface. 5 simple crosses are inscribed slightly deeper into the top of the altar joining the v-grooves. It’s a simple but striking detail. Now taking its place under the nave arch, the altar complements the simple beauty of the church interior.

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The next piece is a frontal chest, used for the storing the altar cloths in St Andrew’s Church in Fontmell Magna. It was commissioned by a couple for whom this church is very important; the piece is both a gift to the church and a lasting memorial to a grown-up son who sadly passed away recently. Again made entirely out of solid oak this large cabinet is solely for hanging and airing altar cloths that only get used at very specific times of the religious calendar.

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While being a simple piece to look at, ensuring airflow through the textiles and that they can be easily lifted out made this a challenging piece to design. It’s sheer size, governed by the cloths it has to store, also made getting the correct proportions challenging. The end result is a classic piece of English ecclesiastical furniture with a subtle hint of the contemporary with those crisp, shadow-line detailed, oak panels. The other feature that stands out are the 4 the hanging rails that break out from the frame to form the sloped lifting handles under the overhanging top. With half of the front panel and top hinging open this makes changeovers simple.

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Whatley Memorial TableFinally, a commission from a church we already know well: St Laruence’s at Affpuddle is the closest church to our workshops, several years ago we also made a striking sycamore & oak memorial table for the side aisle. This time we were asked to make new gates into the churchyard. Although we were initially approached by the PCC they did have a benefactor who lived overseas but had grown-up in the parish and wanted to commission the gates as a gift to the church and as a family memorial. The new gates are a refined version of the existing gates which had been hanging for around 50 years but had become tired and started to rot. We added some subtle curved top and bottom rails and simplified the centre cross to be able to take some script for the family memorial text. We commissioned Zoe Cull of Stoneform to come up with some beautiful curved bespoke script work on the centre cruciform rails. The client asked for some locally sourced Dorset oak. We found a very nice, air-dried log through Will Miller who often sources and saws rare, local logs for us.

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These three pieces have been a joy to complete. It’s been pure chance they have all come along in quick succession but it has reminded us how much we do enjoy these ecclesiastical and institutional projects.

For more information on furniture for churches, universities and museums visit the ‘Institutional’ section of our new website.

Furniture for Sale – Summer 2018

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

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.

Most of the furniture offered here is on display at the Courtyard Workshops & Gallery. It will be on show during Dorset Art Weeks 26th May – 10th June, 10 till 5pm which is a great opportunity to visit the workshop and see work by our guest artists as well.

Unusually we are also selling a lovely piece on behalf of a client. It is a beautiful sycamore console table with our (at the time) signature ‘x’ square details in the top. We just happened to take portfolio images of it when made because we liked it so much. It’s still in very good condition and a great opportunity to buy one of our now ‘classic’ pieces from the early 2000’s.

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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Sycamore Console table

An opportunity to buy a piece of Simon Thomas Pirie history from 2004! This pre-owned piece has been very well looked after and is reluctantly available for sale as a result of our client downsizing their home.

Materials: English sycamore with black walnut ‘x’ square details and drawer interior

Dimensions: 140cm x 40cm, 80cm high

For sale: £1250 (£2550 to commission something similar new)

Current Location: Viewing by arrangement

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Burr Ash and Ripple Sycamore Drinks Cabinet

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: £6000 (£6750 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks – 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: £2950 (£4750 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks / The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

SOLD: £4750 (£9,900 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks / 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: £500 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: £2500 (£4950 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks / 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: £3995 (£6720 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks / 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: £3950 (£7250 to commission new)

For sale individually: £2150 (£3625 to commission new)

Current Location: Dorset Art Weeks / The Courtyard Workshop Showroom

 

 

All of these pieces, unless otherwise stated, are available for viewing at the Courtyard Workshop Showroom, Briantspuddle, Dorset. DT2 7HJ. The showroom is open by appointment or during events like Dorset Art Weeks.

A Grand Day Out

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Thursday 25 May 2017 was the hottest day of the year so far. The perfect day to travel to London to visit the most famous horticultural show in the world! All 3 directors, Simon, John and Bridget accompanied by John’s wife, Emily, took the opportunity to visit the new editions of Floating Bench on Sitting Spiritually’s stand at RHS Chelsea and were delighted to see how much attention they S&J Chelseawere getting. The sultry, jet-black Noir bench was the surprise hit of the show, outstripping Blonde in terms of sales, but both benches have joined the original Floating Bench as popular additions to gardens this summer.

As well as visiting Sitting Spiritually’s stand, there was plenty of time to visit other friends from Dorset, sculptor Simon Gudgeon from Sculpture by the Lakes and Richard Lee from Plankbridge Shepherds Huts, as well as viewing the show gardens and trade stands and gaining some inspiration for new designs as well as for our own gardens.

Our day was rounded off in the most perfect way with an invitation to the Furniture Makers’ Company Design Guild Mark Awards in Clerkenwell where John, Emily and Bridget were thrilled to watch Simon being presented with Design Guild Mark No.193 for Floating Bench. Simon now has his head full of ideas for more garden furniture so you can expect to see a new range taking shape soon and, who knows, maybe another Design Guild Mark may follow?

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