Library Design with Period Detail
At Artichoke we utilise our shared knowledge, imagination, and years of joinery experience to create private library spaces with stunning period detail. We have crafted libraries for elegant halls on country estates, Georgian townhouses, as well as listed properties with magnificent heritage. In every project, we look for ways to go beyond our client’s expectations to produce truly exceptional rooms.
We take the responsibility for excellence very seriously and make every effort to ensure that the design will harmonise with the architecture and aesthetic of each property. We aim to produce understated, elegant designs, and consider every intricate detail of the architectural joinery and fitted furniture in the space.
We take a truly personal approach to each commission. To build an outstanding library we must first understand and empathise how a client lives and the way the room will be used. A library should be beautiful and impressive, but it also needs to function as a room that clients enjoy relaxing and reading in.
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. The clients brief for this Arts and Crafts property in Surrey, was to create Art Deco inspired library book-cases that matched the fireplace. Artichoke designed a series of impressive book-cases that ran along the full length of the room. The pieces were crafted in Macassar ebony and ripple sycamore. Sliding doors in the same style were also installed.
Library Case Study: Rural Rutland
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.
Library Case Study Chelsea, London
At Artichoke the tiny details are extremely important. We created a bespoke Georgian library in this stunning London townhouse, that maintained a sense of elegance. The furniture was crafted in hand-polished French Walnut, with secret maple wood dovetail drawers nestled into the dado moulding (pictured below). A gentle aged patina was used to enrich the natural beauty of the wood, producing a timeless feel.
Artichoke is based at a 14,000 square foot workshop in Somerset. We keep the woodshop at an optimal humidity and temperature to minimise movement of the hardwood and other materials when transferred into your home.
We take on projects in London, across the UK and even internationally. Please take a look at our portfolio for more examples of our previous work. If you are inspired by any of our library designs please contact us to discuss how something similar could be achieved in you property, we would love to hear from you!