William Burges - Decorative Gothic wardrobes (6)


William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture

This is a design for a stunning Gothic wardrobe in the Burges style. 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 roofline draws heavily from 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 is made to order.

While the general look & patterns of the piece are Gothic, it equally looks new as well. The gabled roof has painted tiles like many of Burgess' pieces. This wardrobe looks visually cleaner without finials, but Burges more often than not would have included finials on such a piece. The castellated cornice around the roofline gives a real architectural feel, but a conscious decision was made to leave off finials, as they might make the whole too fussy visually. We have designed another piece of Burges style furniture, shown below, which clearly shows the same roofline but with the addition of finials. So you could have it with or without finials. This cabinet is shown on another page in this section. The design below right shows a simpler treatment of the robe with a cleaner outline, which we could also do.

Cabinet with Burges finials;
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted armoire cabinet furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted armoire cabinet furniture

The only thing missing are the typical strap hinges, and for a reason. Burges used long strap hinges to visually divide up surfaces into areas of contrasting painting & colours. However, this is an abtract Gothic design best suited to an all over pattern. The overall pattern makes the piece, therefore strap hinges would actually detract for the design. The main decision is whether to continue the front pattern on the sides for overall unity, or to have the sides in 1 colour, matching the plinth & cornice; this emphasises the front design even more.

If the colours seem not typical of Burges you would be correct, but they are accurate to a colour scheme for a wall treatment he designed. We've taken Burges unusual colouring a step further below, showing many variations you could do for the colouring. The door bolt is a suitably Burges Gothic style piece of metalwork, which adds to the overall look. But this could be substituted for whatever handles you wanted. If condering ordering something like this give consideration to access for larger pieces of furniture.



Colour variations;
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture
William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture William Burges Reformed Gothic Revival painted wardrobe furniture


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