Project: Silent night

A New Year and a series of exciting commissions lined up

The first major one to hit the bench is a bed and pair of bedside tables in majestic Scottish Elm. 

A bed is a first for Petrel, it has demanded rather a lot of research and designing to ensure it is solid and able to last many years without adopting a dreaded creak.

The first step was to agree on the design.

Several design ideas were drawn up along with a Pinterest photo board of images to accompany the drawings, this has proved to be a great way of illustrating the inspiration and concept, it also allows clients to add their own images which sparks discussion and a refinement of the idea.

 Extract of photo pin board - a great way to share ideas 

Extract of photo pin board - a great way to share ideas 

 And also a super way of allowing clients to keep track of the project as it takes shape. 

And also a super way of allowing clients to keep track of the project as it takes shape. 

After exploring a few avenues we arrived at a contemporary design with a focus very much on simplicity and elegance. Inspiration was taken from Danish Mid-Century furniture which was focused on clean, pure lines and employed classical craftsmanship, careful research into materials and the requirements of the human body.

 Here's the technical 'cabinet maker' stuff 

Here's the technical 'cabinet maker' stuff 

The bed will have simple curved legs and a fabric upholstered headboard with fabric supplied from the wonderful Melin Tregwynt which is near St David’s the UK's smallest city in Wales. I sincerely recommend a visit if you happen to be in that neck of the woods, not only for the fine traditional Welsh patterned blankets but also a smashing lunch in the café – I have fond memories of a leek and potato soup and wodge of Caerphilly on a wintery afternoon, bliss. 

So here we have it - Scottish Elm, Welsh Fabric, simplicity and elegance in design all hand crafted in beautiful East Sussex. This is at the heart of what I wanted to create when I started this business, it it wonderful to see the dream becoming reality. 

The bedside tables will be made in matching elm, have a beautifully dovetailed drawer and recess underneath for a magazine or the latest best seller. The recess will be gilded in copper leaf giving a luxurious warm glow to the interior and match perfectly the warm tones of the fine elm.  

Most of all I want to create a bed and table set that will create a beautiful environment to read, have a special breakfast in bed and of course many restful silent nights. 

Keep posted for progress of this fabulous project.