We consider ourselves fortunate to have designed furniture and architectural joinery into some of Britain’s finest period and listed houses, including two homes designed by the great English Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Lutyens was a master of his craft. He is one of the few architects revered for both the quality of his English country house interiors as much as the quality of his exteriors. He was as much of a furniture designer as as he was an architect.
At Artichoke we place as much importance on creative design as we do on making; a great kitchen or library designed poorly is a total waste of money, no matter how well it is made. To us, everything starts with great design.
Research forms a key part of our design process; we have an extensive library of period architectural detail to refer back to, including a back catalogue from the archives of Country Life Magazine. The magazine has been kind enough to provide us with images from some of our favourite Lutyens architectural joinery and furniture designs for this study into his work (images can be enlarged by clicking on them).
FOLLY FARM, BERKSHIRE
The original 17th century house was enlarged by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1906 and again in 1912-16. Artichoke designed the kitchen for the house in 2009 and our kitchen design was influenced partly by elements of the detail in the cabinet below, in particular the mitred joins on the cabinet doors.
THE VICEROY’S HOUSE, DELHI, INDIA
Sir Edwin Lutyens joined the Delhi Planning Commission in 1912 and was responsible for designing the Viceroy’s House. The new capital of British India, New Delhi was officially opened in 1931.
CASTLE DROGO, DEVON
Castle Drogo was designed by Lutyens between 1910 and 1932 and was the last castle to have been built in England. The kitchen, with the circular beechwood table, was designed by Lutyens.
MARSH COURT, HAMPSHIRE
Marsh Court was the last of the houses that Lutyens built in the tudor style. It was
from local materials that Lutyens revived a 17th Century practice and built the house from ‘clunch’ chalk blocks with occasional inlays of flint.
LES BOIT DES MOUTIERS, FRANCE
The staircase and first floor landing at Le Bois des Moutiers. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Guillaume Mallet in 1898 and was one of the few built on mainland Europe.
HEATHCOTE, WEST YORKSHIRE
Heathcote house was designed in the Baroque style by Lutyens in 1906. Lutyens came to call this style “Wrenaissance” after Christopher Wren.
MIDDLETON PARK, OXFORDSHIRE
The kitchen at Middleton Park. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his son Robert Lutyens in 1938 for the 9th Earl of Jersey.
The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1890 for Arthur Chapman.
DEANERY GARDEN, BERKSHIRE
Deanery Garden was built in 1901 for Edward Hudson, the creator of Country Life, to designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The garden was designed in collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll.