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Castle Drogo

One of Lutyens best known interiors, the kitchen at Castle Drogo in Devon is a masterpiece in spatial design. Lutyens made play of the circle and part circle in many of his designs (he was not alone in this, Voysey did the same, if to a lesser extent ) but this kitchen incorporates all these elements in a unified whole.

The round table is one of his best known pieces. In a real tour de force of imagination Lutyens echoes the stunning oriel window above with the round table below. The arched arcades add to the effect. Even the turned legs of the table and dresser add to the effect.

We could reproduce this table for you, either to the original size or a size of your choice. The original table top was made from several pieces of thick oak joined in a decorative pattern ( shown here ). However, this is technically difficult to do well and probably not that advisable from a practical point of view, as wood shrinks across the grain these joins will always open up (no matter how dry the wood is). It makes better sense from a furniture design point of view to have all the boards and grain in one direction. Your choice.

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The table was designed as a working surface for servants, who would stand around it preparing, and could rest a foot on a stretcher ( for a change of position ). The round stretcher rails at the bottom make it an impractical table for dining chairs, as the chairs can not pull up properly under the table. The only way to overcome this would be to have either an overhang on the top or have the stretchers go through the middle ( rather than around the outside ).

We like to make these considerations clear to anyone interested in commissioning such a piece. There is also a rectangular version of this table at Drogo that we could also produce. These tables were originally made in beech wood, which we can do or oak, which would look more attractive. Lutyens probably took the view that Oak, with it's more open grain, was harder to keep clean in a busy kitchen.



This is the freestanding dresser Lutyens designed for Castle Drogo kitchen. It is based on the large kitchen dressers found in C18th country houses. Again the turned legs and thick stretcher rails echo those on the table.

We could produce this dresser basically to whatever size, format or wood you require. Please supply further details.

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Lindisfarne Castle

Lutyens rebuilt and remodelled the Castle for the then owner of Country Life magazine. The kitchen is domestic in scale, rather than the the scale of Drogo. This was a simple elegant dresser, see photo above right, again the inspiration coming from C18th country house kitchens.

The dresser section sits between cupboards at either end, as shown on the design h/w. The design with the larger cupboard, on the right, was intended to incorporate an American style fridge freezer for a customer. The asymetric design works well, and is a theme running through Arts & Crafts design. Made in Oak, or whatever wood you prefer, or an antiqued painted finish ?. This can be adapted to your own size and use requirements.

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