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The Art of Shawstephens

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Timeless Beauty

Our artisans make bespoke cabinetry and furniture from the finest materials, sourced worldwide, drawing design inspiration from all traditions. We partner with the interior designer to create the perfect unique piece, or an entire room: heirlooms, backed by impeccable service. We offer specialised joinery with scrupulous attention to both function and aesthetics.

SELECTED WORKS

project one

The Kitchen

Part of a ground-floor refurbishment of a 19th-century townhouse, this kitchen incorporates professional specification requirements whilst preserving a timeless beauty. It employs the finest materials, with hand-formed textures, accentuated by crisp detailing and flawless engineering. The design had to complement the clients’ collection of contemporary craftware and crockery, which they use on a daily basis.

About this project

A broad palette of finishes includes smooth waxed brass, wire-brushed veneers, sand-cast bronze, and carved, sculpted oak. Bespoke features include custom bronze appliance switchgear, stainless steel sink accessories, a knife rack that displays the clients' hand-made chef's knives, and a free-standing glazed cabinet housing crockery by Royal Copenhagen and ceramicists Yumiko Iihoshi and Kasper Würtz.

project two

The Music Room

Definitive reference books and measured sketches from the clients’ own furniture collection define the proportions of the panelling of this music room in the 17th-century wing of an English country house, and inform the hand-carved frieze and moulding details. The overall design produces a stately and restful ambiance.

About this project

An artisan stonemason carved the fire surround and hearth, which employs geometry and proportions sympathetic to the age of the property. The traditional oak frame and panel construction incorporates storage cupboards and display shelves. Larger panels create framed hanging spaces. A secret compartment within the panelling provides a secure space for the client’s most precious items.

project three

The Daybed

This meticulously individualised, elegantly proportioned but functional piece of furniture is designed to sit alongside a collection of original mid-century Scandinavian pieces. Taking design cues from the beautifully crafted chairs of Niels Otto Møller, the daybed's legs and rails connect with traditional mortice and tenon joints, with hand-shaped curves softening each junction in the time-honoured Danish style.

About this project

Impeccable attention to scale results in a light but sturdy frame, easily capable of bearing an adult’s weight. The slatted top incorporates 441 pieces of rosewood, spaced precisely to allow air to circulate when used as a sleeping surface. A hand-applied finish accentuates the rich tones of the rosewood by producing a lustrous, silky-smooth sheen.

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Clarkes Field Workshops
Nelson Road Ind. Estate
Dartmouth
Devon
TQ6 9LA

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