Over the coming months we will be running a segment ‘What is your favourite?’ where we will be asking well known industry leaders, who we are lucky enough to call our clients, to choose their favourite piece from our new RB Designed collection. This month the delightful Bryan O’Sullivan from Bryan O’ Sullivan Studio will be picking his favourite.
Which is your favourite piece from the RB Designed collection?
The Polished Brass Cabinet, closely followed by the Hand-Bevelled Antiqued Mirror.
Why do you like it?
I love the brass cabinet because the finish is so interesting and contrasts beautifully against the sumptuous walnut interior. I love the playful (and slightly phallic) design of the Hand-Bevelled Antiqued Mirror.
Where could you imagine using it?
The brass cabinet would make a beautiful drinks cabinet and would be the perfect place to prepare a cocktail.
What do you think about the rest of the RB Designed collection?
I think it’s a beautiful range and showcases Rupert Bevan’s incredible talent not only at precision craftsmanship but also their creative flair.
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(Photo Credit: Mark Cocksedge)
Rupert Bevan’s RB Designed Pop Up Shop in Westbourne Grove will be open this weekend!
Saturday 15th of Sept 10-4pm / Sunday 16th of Sept 11-4pm / Monday 17th – Friday 21st of Sept 10-6pm – and later by appointment outside of these hours. Come along to see us!
This new collection comprises ten pieces of furniture which each embody the skill, creativity and style of the Rupert Bevan studio. Designed to exacting standards, created with artistry, and built by craftsmen in our Shropshire workshops, each RB Designed piece was born from bespoke and is ready to order.
The striking antiqued mirror cocktail cabinet has its roots in Soho House Miami, the refined Croft Chair in Babington House and the unique Games Table was commissioned to grace an English country house. The time and skill invested in designing the original bespoke pieces are utilised in the RB Designed collection, making this an attractive and effective way to buy bespoke quality furniture from one of Britain’s best-known names in hand-made furniture.
Our Pop Up Shop at 295 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA will run from Tuesday 11 September – Friday 21 September, 10am – 6pm during the week and later by appointment.
Rupert Bevan was part of London Craft Week which ran 9th – 13th of May this year. Rupert gave a talk and demonstration on a variety of traditional skills including gesso, gilding & verre églomisé and their transfer to modern applications. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend – what a fun evening. Click Read More below to view a video extract of the evening.
Our current obsession with corrugated steel has taken us to play around with corrugated brass. We think this would be a great application for wall panelling in a guest loo, cladding up to dado height or a feature wall. What would you like to do with it?
Corrugated Iron (now not made from iron but steel – however the name remains unchanged) was invented in the 1820s in Britain by Henry Robinson Palmer, architect and engineer to the London Dock Company. It was originally made from wrought iron. It proved to be light, strong, corrosion resistant, and easily transported, and particularly lent itself to prefabricated structures and improvisation by semi-skilled workers. It soon became a common construction material in rural areas around the world and is still widely used as a building material in African slums and informal settlements (townships).
‘Tin Tabernacles – Corrugated Iron Mission Halls, Churches & Chapels of Britian’ written by Ian Smith gives us insight into the great revivals causing the rise of corrugated structures erected for the purpose of religion, some of which can still be seen today. Nick Thomsons book ‘Corrugated Iron Buildings’ features the originally built St Jame’s Espiscopalian Church in 1863 located in Kilburn (last image in the carousel).
Just like Ian Smith & Nick Thomson, we too are struck by this materials ability to charm and give a certain aesthetic beauty.
We wanted to see how this material could change, evolve into something striking, something with a warmth, something utterly fabulous.
Dyed vellum is a very popular finish to various types of furniture. It has a velvety rich texture and works well with other materials. The pallet of colours is endless and the ‘mottled’ look imitates the sky. The darker the colour, the more apparent the variations in tone.
Vellum is prepared animal skin or “membrane” originally used as a material for writing on (parchment – which is made from the split skin of sheep). The term is derived from the Latin word “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French “velin” for “calfskin”. It is typically made from goat or calf skin. Because these skins are smaller than large hides of say cow, there will always be visible joins when used on large area applications.
Vellum’s beauty lies in its velvety rich texture and natural colour variation. Prior to our dyeing technique being applied the skins go through a process of bleaching. Skins which already has natural darker areas, will remain darker during this process and a type of mottling ‘sky’ effect is the result once dye has been applied. Therefore no skin is the same and it is a beautiful thing. Its versatile and used in many bespoke furniture we have and continue to make.
The last image in the carousel above shows a faux vellum application which mirrors the look in detail and is a more cost effective and vegan friendly option.