A Very Special Whisky Drinker's Cabinet
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…

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A speculative piece in a slightly different combination of timbers…
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