The eagerly awaited Autumn issue of Living Barbados is popping up in cafes and lobbies all over the island as we post this blog. It is the magazine to watch for what’s happening in interiors in Barbados. For their November issue, the magazine has featured the Bespoke designs Jenny Blanc has developed on the island with an article Island Made Furniture Collection.
As with any design project using indigenous materials is the most conducive way to create a synergy between architecture, furniture and accessorising. We have tapped into the expertise on Barbados, much of it carried out by generations of craftsmen working with materials sourced locally.
Metalwork has developed over the years to create a decorative detail which allows light and air to filter through the room whilst at the same time creating a stunning detail and as an alternative to the standard security grills. These leaf panels, appearing to float in window apertures, were inspired by the philadendron which romps away on the island. These designs are also adapted for use on decorative stair rails.
The Hillaby table seen here in the Barbados showroom is a fabulous example of wrought iron designed in our studios. The iron is powder coated to make it durable enough to be used on a verandah withstanding the onslaught of tropical weather. The imported marble top gives it a classic/contemporary edge. Alternatively this table is produced with a beautiful wooden top.
Wood has been carved for centuries on the island. This stunning mahogany bed, has all the hallmark design features which defines a Barbadian four poster, yet has been brought right up to date by the design team with the fine proportions and detailing.
This headboard with its impressive height to give a large king size bed presence, defines traditional style for today. The caning which allows air to circulate is still done by the skills of the blind workshop on the island. The distressed chalky white finish has been chosen to fit in with the light, fresh beachy look clients aspire to.
A colonial style sofa with the distinctive caning feature has been given a scratched pickle finish for a more distressed look. The colours and finishes are the detail which makes each piece bespoke.
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