Arts & Crafts ~ Media unit

new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels
Photography; David Barfield

This is another wonderful Arts & Crafts oak sideboard. Designwise it is somewhere between Liberty & Mission style flavour, in the low horizontal look. The door panels have been inlaid with darker wood marquetry 'arrows'. The antique bronze finish ironmongery further enhances the look, shown below. The interior was fitted out with shelves. Unusually the doors are bi-fold; this was because the central section was being fitted with a record player, and stereo equipment in the side sections. Hence the long slot cut-out in the back panel for sockets, CAT5 sockets, etc. Concealed LED lights were fitted in the central section, to provide light when changing records. A pull-out flat screen TV wall bracket was fitted to the back of the unit, allowing to TV to be pulled forward and turned to any angle.

Although this media unit was made in Oak it could be made in a range of woods, or even painted finishes, or a combination of the two. The marquetry panels can be changed if required. Made to order. We don't discuss sizes or prices until we've agreed a spec. with a client. Shown below is the finished piece in the customer's home, fully fitted out with all the equipment needed for a modern media unit.

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new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels

Photography; David Barfield
new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels
new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels
new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with inlaid marquetry panels
new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with wall mounted TV bracket new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with wall mounted TV bracket

new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with fitted base section new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak media unit with fitted base section

The above 2 photos clearly show the interior fitted out. The adjustable shelves allow the spaces to be tailored exactly to the equipment sizes. The back of the unit provides plenty of of ventilation and cable access (so plugs are easily accessed). The SPIRE record player shelf stand allows easy access to the record player and no vibration while in use. LED lights in the middle section are quickly turned on to make record changing easy.


new Oak Arts & Crafts Movement Oak sideboard with wall mounted TV above it
Photography; David Barfield

The media unit could actually be less imposing than the one shown above. If you prefer to have a all mounted TV then you could just have a sideboard beneath, to house all the equipment and hide the cables.


Stained glass door panels;
new Arts & Crafts Movement Mission style stained glass door design new Arts & Crafts Movement Mission style stained glass door panel new Arts & Crafts Movement Mission style stained glass door panel

Above are shown the design and actual stained glass top door panels. A strip of LED lighting was fitted internally to provide mood lighting when the doors are closed.


new Arts & Crafts Movement Mission style bronze door handle new Arts & Crafts Movement Mission style bronze hinge

A measure of a quality piece of furniture is how well the ironmongery matches the style of the piece. This sideboard has some great Mission style antique bronze fittings. These are important because you touch the handles every time you open a door, and look at the fittings every day.

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