A Georgian library design for a house in Kensington. The timber is French walnut.
Library Design with Period Detail
Artichoke has a passion for library design, creating private library spaces with stunning detail. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in all forms of joinery design and cabinet making, we love to collaborate with our clients to craft their perfect library.
Utilising our shared knowledge and imagination, we have conceived and crafted libraries for elegant halls on country estates and Georgian townhouses as well as on magnificent heritage listed properties. In every project we take on, we look for ways to exceed our client’s expectations by designing and creating truly exceptional rooms.
Specialising in understated and elegant designs, and taking into account every intricate detail, we create spacious and personal private libraries to client brief and specifications. Our specialist designers and artisan craftsmen are masters of architectural joinery and fitted furniture, allowing us to ensure each library fits in with the aesthetic of the architecture of their home.
We take a truly personal approach to each commission; to build a truly outstanding personal library we need to understand and empathise with the way that clients live and how the room will be used. A library should be beautiful and impressive, but it also needs to function as a space that clients enjoy relaxing and reading in. We take this responsibility for excellence very seriously and make every effort to ensure that the design will harmonise with the architecture of each property.
We often work alongside architects and interior designers – both directly and as a part of a larger project team – providing them with our expertise in joinery, cabinet making and other forms of bespoke design.
Library Case Study: Haslemere, Surrey
Every project we take on is entirely unique – we excel in working to our client’s exacting requirements while implementing our own creativity and flair. Tasked with creating an impressive feature piece for an Arts and Crafts property in the Surrey Hills, Artichoke designed a series of matching book-cases to run along the full length of the room which is located off the main sitting room. The pieces were crafted in macassar ebony and ripple sycamore and we also designed and made sliding doors at each end to match. An Art Deco flavour for this room was agreed upon for this room in order to match the fire surround. Click here for more images of this library.
This Art Deco inspired library was designed by Artichoke for a Surrey house.
Library Case Study: Rural Rutland
Part of a baroque library designed by Artichoke.
In 2013, Artichoke undertook a library design project to create a grand Baroque style library in a 17th century Grade II* listed property in Rutland. We took inspiration for the library design from the magnificent Philosophical Hall in the Strahov Monastery in Prague. The result was bold and dramatic Renaissance architecture complemented by ornate hand carving and gilding. As a special treat for the client, we built in a book-operated secret drawer. A full case study of this library can be found here.
Library Case Study: Chelsea, London
The tiny details are extremely important to us. We created a bespoke Georgian library to maintain a sense of chic and elegance in a stunning London townhouse. The furniture was crafted in hand-polished French walnut, with secret maple wood dovetailed drawers nestled into the dado moulding. We also added a gentle aged patina to enrich the natural beauty of the wood, giving the furniture a timeless feel.
Artichoke designed in a secret drawer into the dado rail of this Chelsea library.
We are based at our purpose-built 14,000 square foot workshops in Somerset. With the humidity and ambient temperature kept at optimal levels to simulate a home environment, we can be sure of minimal movement from the hardwood and other materials when they are transferred to your library.
We take on bespoke commissions for homes in London, across the UK and even internationally. Please look through our portfolio for other examples of our previous work. If you are inspired by any of our library designs you can contact us to discuss how something similar could be achieved in your property.