A Georgian library for a house in Kensington. The timber is French walnut.
Library Design with Period Detail
Artichoke has a passion for library interior design, creating private library spaces with stunning period detail. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in all forms of interior design, we love to collaborate with our clients to craft the 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 clients’ expectations by designing and creating something truly exceptional.
Specialising in understated and elegant designs taking into account every intricate detail, we create spacious and personal private libraries to your specifications. Our specialist designers and artisan craftsmen are masters of architectural joinery and fitted furniture, allowing us to ensure your library fits in with the aesthetic of your 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 you live. A library should be beautiful and impressive, but it also needs to function as a space that you enjoy relaxing and reading in. We take this responsibility for excellence very seriously and make every effort to ensure that the design will not only harmonise with the architecture of your property but also integrate with your lifestyle.
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.
Case Study: Haslemere, Surrey
Every project we take on is entirely unique – we excel in working to your exacting requirements while implementing our own creativity and flair. Tasked with creating an impressive feature piece for a new build property in the Surrey Hills, Artichoke designed a curved gallery-style library overlooking the main sitting room. Crafted in ammonia fumed oak, the shelves sit away from the wall with the books illuminated by LED lighting.
Case Study: Rural Rutland
In 2013, Artichoke undertook a project to create grand Baroque style library in a 17th century Grade II* listed property in Rutland. For the library interior architecture we took inspiration 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.
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 drawers nestled into the dado moulding. We added a gentle aged patina to enrich the natural beauty of the wood, giving the furniture a timeless feel.
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 interior designs you can contact us to discuss how something similar could be achieved in your property.