When Garden Corner was purchased by new owners we were asked to supply designs for nearly every room on every floor of this large house. Apart from the front door, this impressive house is not typical Voysey from the outside. It occupies a plot overlooking the Thames to the front and Chelsea Physic Garden to it's side.
When I viewed the house it was an empty shell, apart from some built in furniture. But it was an absolute gem of Voysey interiors. The house is huge internally, with many rooms on each of several floors. I was lucky enough to spend nearly 2 days here, virtually on my own, measuring everything. Coupled with the archcitects plans my job was to flesh out the designs for the new furniture required through out the house. The client's main contractor handled the production & installations.
There were so many bedrooms that needed furniture, from wardrobes of various types, to dressing tables, drawers, shelfs, etc. The wardrobes generally followed the plan of their height matching the door cornices / picture rails in each room. The robes exteriors used typical Voysey details seen around the house; strap hinges & fittings, Shaker panels with chamfered details. The mid cross rails in each door were particularly nicely shaped, to look very elegant.
These designs show the wide range of sizes, shapes and combinations possible when designing in Voysey's style. While they look typical Voysey & traditional in style they can be as modern and practical as you want. The interiors can be fitted out with chests of drawers, shelves, double hanging rails, racks, etc. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. The detailing on these robes is high quality, combined with the eleborate strap hinges means they are not cheap to make.
|5 door wardrobe||Double wardrobes|
|Walk-in closet robes|
The top LH photo shows a large 5 door wardrobe, giving lots of storage & having a large presence in the room. The top RH photo shows a couple of double robes which had to be fitted in either side of a chimney breast. The bottom photo shows a walk-in closet robe with internal chests of drawers & storage racks. Voyey's traditional brought up to date as a walk-in closet.
As with any wardrobes the interiors can be fitted out as you wish, with full height or double hanging, shelves, drawers, baskets, shoe rails, tie rails, etc etc. We even got to include a walk-in closet wardrobe, shown top RH, in a small room between the master bedroom & en-suite. The pull down hanging rails are counter balanced to pull down easily when full of clothes. Maybe a little modern for a Voysey fan ? Who knows, but most Voysey house owners are keen on modern convenience & practicality as well as the looks.
|Double wardrobes with dressing table||Plan|
|Wardrobes & dressing table||Wardrobes & drawers|
The top wardrobes design was for a double robe with a dressing table coming off it, shown on the plan. This meant the robe door nearest the corner had to be a 'stable' door, ie it opens above the desk top ( but is only practical to have full height hanging in).
The top floor attic rooms proved more of a challenge, with sloped ceilings, to plan furniture to make the most of the space. The above LH photo shows a nice double robe with dressing table, & a weird niche in the corner fitted with a couple of oak shelves.
The above RH photo shows a 3 door wardrobe, making the most of the available width, with a double chest of drawers under the eaves. Some chunky oak shelves added more storage / display space to an area that would otherwise be dead space.