About Artichoke

Artichoke 1322 0717
Creating Britain’s Future Heritage

We are craftsmen and women and it is our mission to combine thoroughly considered bespoke design with exquisite craftsmanship to inspire our clients, improve their homes and enhance their lives.

When designing and making our work, we do so with the intent that it should last for centuries. We strive to add value to the architecture of our clients homes. Each design, and the materials we suggest for it, are intensively scrutinized to ensure it sits comfortably and elegantly into its surroundings.

We have a responsibility to get it right for our clients and we are unrelenting in pursuit of quality.

When designing projects, we often take inspiration from the great periods of classical English architecture, from early Georgian to Edwardian. We take a particular interest in period house detail, materials and finishes because they are the ones we love and admire the most.

As craftsmen, we make furniture with integrity using traditional skills, not because we are stuck in the past, but because these methods have yet to be improved on. Naturally we embrace technologies which make us more efficient, but when it comes to the integrity of our furniture, we do not believe in taking short cuts. Ever.

Our ambition is to be a centre of excellence of design and craftsmanship and to pass these skills onto future generations. We are designers and makers of bespoke kitchens, fitted furniture and architectural joinery.

Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
We design for country houses, so we often age timber back to mid 19th Century hues, or earlier. We have a world class finishing team able to replicate incredible period authenticity into country house work.
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
The Gothic Revival style of the St Pancras Hotel in London never fails to amaze us.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
A pencil and a brain.
Where do you go to spot new style?
We avoid trends like the plague. In our hearts we are classicists, although we do keep an eye on Flemish interior design.
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
La Ferme Ladouceur in Gassin near St Tropez in France. A client took us there for dinner after a design meeting. Its country simplicity is beguiling and there is only one choice on the menu.
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
The Soane Museum in London.
How do you usually start your weekend?
We are from Somerset in England which is apple country, so it has to be with a glass of cider.
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
Without a doubt the great English Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. His attention to detail was outstanding.
How do you keep it all together?
By employing amazing design talent and incredible cabinet makers. We have an amazing team and most of us have worked together for over 10 years.
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
Formal in desire. Freestyle in reality.

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