This is another Burges wow design, the 'Flax & Wool' wardrobe. It's a striking piece of decorative furniture, making a real presence in any interior. While the general look & patterns of the piece are Gothic, it still looks like something new as well. It has the great Burges use of colour & massing to create a striking piece in any room. The overall shape is influenced by Burges's architectural work & the elaborate roofline is in keeping with some of his best furniture pieces. Much of Burges's best furniture was almost simple in form, using expanses of flat surfaces but with with wonderful shapes & profiles. What made his pieces so striking was the wonderful decoration of the surfaces. This wardrobe tries to follow the same precepts. It could be used as a bookcase or general cupboard. The interior can be fitted out any way you like, as it would be made to order.
Fans of Burges are more likely to be interested in an accurate reproduction of a piece like this. As Burges didn't make pieces himself a modern reproduction is just as valid. However, that is not to say you have to be a slave to exact copies either. As designers we can play around with these ideas & shapes to produce good new variations, as shown above. As is often the case with Burges it is the artist painted panels that really add to the expense. The example above left replaces the door top painted panels with designs used from the bottom panels. The piece still looks very impressive, it doesn't detract from it especially. The version on the right has the roof removed, which is quite a radical step. This is now a very straight forward cupboard to make, & could fit a range of uses.
Above are another couple of versions of this cupboard or wardrobe. The doors have been changed to single panels, for a simpler design. Shown in 2 different proportions. The interior can be fitted out however you like. We've shown some colour variations below.