Article 16  - Lutyens English Country House Interiors

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 hold a large database of Lutyens mouldings and 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.

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A built in cabinet at Folly Farm.

View of the interior at Folly Farm. The original 17th century house was enlarged by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1906 and again in 1912-16. Not Used 04/02/1922
An interior panelled passage – note the door handles.

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.

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A fireplace at the Viceroy’s House.

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.

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All the light in the room comes from the circular lantern window above the table.

The butler's pantry at Castle Drogo. The castle was begun in 1911 and completed in 1930 to designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drewe. Not Used CL 10/08/1945

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A doorway at Drogo with Jacobean style panelling.

The latch on the entrance door at Castle Drogo. The castle was begun in 1911 and completed in 1930 to designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drewe. Not Used CL 10/08/1945
The latch on the entrance door. Every detail was considered.

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A stunning door at Drogo.  Note the book-matched pair of central panels at the base if the door.  The door is hinged on a pivot.
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Carved pilasters on either side of a door at Castle Drogo.

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.

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The frieze panel was carved in local chalk.
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A door in the dining room. Of particular note is the stepped door reveal lined in Walnut and the quartered veneer door panels.
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The log store. Lutyens invested as much effort in back of house as he did on front of house rooms.

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.
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Medieval styling is in abundance here, in particular the portcullis detail below the banister rail.
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.
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The glazed cabinet at the back of the images (and below) has inspired many Artichoke designs.

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The fireplace at Heathcote. Note the ball feet below the furniture in the recesses, the clever desk and the bevelled mirror glass.

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 butler's pantry at Middleton Park. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his son Robert Lutyens in 1938 for the 9th Earl of Jersey. Pub Orig CL 12/07/1946
The fantastic and beautifully proportioned Butler’s pantry.
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. Not Used CL 12/07/1946
In this later example of kitchen design by Lutyens, the appliances are more sophisticated. Note the raised table island and zinc worktop.
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A pedimented door. Note the inset mould in the architrave.
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Fitted dressing room.
A panelled room at Middleton Park. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his son Robert Lutyens in 1938 for the 9th Earl of Jersey. Not Used CL 12/07/1946
A fireplace at Middleton Park. Luytens mixes a traditional design with modernism to great effect here.

SULLINGSTEAD, SURREY
The kitchen at Sullingstead. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1896-97 for Charles Arthur Cook.
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Particularly striking is the oak Doric column supporting the joinery.

CROOKSBURY, SURREY
The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1890 for Arthur Chapman.

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This fantastic crockery display cabinet was designed by Lutyens.

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.

The dining room at Deanery Garden. The house was built in 1901 for Edward Hudson, the creator of Country Life, to designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens and the garden was designed in collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll. Not Used CL 09/05/1903
The dining room at Deanery Garden.

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