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7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment

7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment.

The 7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & Parchment was inspired by the interest in modern furniture from France in 1930’s the 1950’s. This period of design is frequently described as “40 French Furniture”.  In the late 1990’s when I was V.7 Drawer Desk in Walnut & ParchmentP. of Design and Product Development at John Widdicomb Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  I produced a number of furniture collections based on this wonderful period of design.  Designers of the 40’s period looked back on the opulent French Louis XVI Cabinet Makers and reduced the bronze ornamentation but kept the silhouette.  The French designer Jean-Michael Frank is the acknowledged master of the distillation of  18c French interior design.  Frank used parchment not only furniture but covered entire rooms with square panels wrapped with the skin.  The 7 Drawer Desk is constructed of solid American Walnut with Parchment covering veneered panels. The walnut top is fitted with a recessed parchment panel that has a glass panel over the top for protection.  The Greek key style pedestals are cantilevered over the open plinth. Polished Stainless Steel drawer pulls are graduated in size on the drawer fronts. The left pedestal features a unique drawer that functions as a small lock box and is illustrated below.

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Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Painted Room Divider featuring Stain Glass Windows

Built-in Room Divider

Painted room divider featuring stain glass windows. The cabinet was designed to create a visual display case for the client and to let light thru to the stairwell behind it.  The windows were selected from their collection of antique stain glass window’s that they had acquired over the years.

The neo-classical style cabinet features a cornice that rests on four columns that are headed by Capitals I designed based on 9c Temple Mayan Temple of Turtles in Yucatan Mexico. The columns are traced with delicate 3/16″ walnut bead moulding.  The Walnut bead moulding was also used to fix the stain glass window’s in place.  The idea of using the walnut was to mimic the lead framing used in the construction of the antique windows.  The cabinet is finished identically on the reverse side.

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Painted Room Divider Featuring Stain Glass windows

Capital design based on the Myan 9c Temple of Turtles

James Wyatt Dressing Tables

Dressing Tables in the Style of James Wyatt

 

Wyatt Dressing Table

Dressing Table with Temple in raised position

 

A pair of hand painted & water gilt dressing tables in the style of the  18c English Architect James Wyatt. The cabinets feature fitted interiors in Cuban Mahogany and dyed black deer skin. The center drawer pulls out for a Neo-Classic Temple in exotic wood to rise from the interior of the center compartment. The temple was based on the design of the garden temple of Heveningham Hall in Suffolk England.  The end compartments feature unique quadrant pivoting drawers. The decoration of the painted ornament decoration was inspired by the ornamental decorations and drawings of James Wyatt

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Clear Desk in American Walnut

Clear Desk in Solid American Walnut

The Clear Desk is handmade in solid  American Walnut and is fitted with two drawers on each end. The drawers fronts feature beautiful inset circular Stainless Steel drawer pulls.  The back of the desk is finished so that can be used in the middle of the room or against the wall.  The finish is a hand rubbed oil and waxed to a satin luster.  The dimensions are Length 54″x Width x 24″ x Height 30″.

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Clear Desk in American Walnut

Custom Oak Entry Door for Historical House

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Custom Oak  Entry Door for Historical House.

The Custom Oak entry door and flanking sash windows were designed and custom made for a 1905 House located in Traverse  City, Michigan.  The design of the door was based on the existing pair of doors at the front of the house. The doors are part of a new rear entry porch and mudroom designed by Ekocite Architecture of Royal  Oak, MI for this important historic house. The door is 90″ H x 36″ W x  2.25″ thick.

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Walnut & Bridle Leather Bar Stools

Walnut & Bridle Leather Bar Stools

Walnut & Bridle leather bar stools are custom made in solid American Walnut.  TheWalnut & Bridle Leather Bar Stools bar stool seat and backrest are woven with 2.25″ wide x 3/16″ thick bridle leather from one of the finest Tanneries in the United States. The leather strips are ripped by hand from a whole finished cowhide then cut to the required lengths for the weaving. The edges of the strips are burnished and dyed before they are soaked in warm water bath, then they a woven tightly onto the polished Walnut bar stool frame. The leather strips are fixed with small screws and allowed to dry and achieve a wonderful tension when the process is complete.  The bar stools frames are finely crafted from hand selected American Walnut planks that are chosen for their color and grain. The joinery on the rails and stretchers are mortise and tenon with exposed Walnut grain plugs used as a decorative element. The front legs are sculptural in form with a sweeping curve on two sides, the back legs flare gracefully at the bottom.  The stools have a seat height of 24″ and are designed for a 36″ counter height. Seat depth is 13″. Width 17″. The height of the back is 36 1/2″. Custom sizes are available. Please click on image to enlarge.

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Walnut & Bridle Leather Bar Stools