This is a design for an unusual Gothic sideboard cupboard in the Burges style. It has the great Burges use of colour; what made his pieces so striking was the wonderful decoration of the surfaces. This piece tries to follow the same precepts. While the general look & patterns of the piece are Gothic, it equally looks new as well; many of Burgess' pieces did the same. If the colours seem not typical of Burges you would be correct up to a point, but the version above right is accurate to a colour scheme for a wall treatment he designed. We applied the design to a Burges style sideboard design. We've taken Burges unusual colouring a step further below, showing many variations you could do for the colouring.
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 could 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.
The sideboard shows how you can take his designs & ideas & adapt them, something he did himself. The proportions of this could be changed, as shown above, while keeping the same look. As well as using it for a sideboard you could use it for a drinks cabinet, home office cupboard, bookcase, TV or hi-fi cupboard, etc.. Made to order.
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