1 am endlessly delighted and increasingly fascinated by the joy of selling beautifully made and enduring pieces of furniture to individuals"
Matthew Burf s work is rooted in English country furniture, fertilised by the Shaker style and pruned by modernism. His overwhelming enthusiasm and pleasure in using wood appropriately, making fine furniture and creating beautiful objects that will become treasured family heirlooms, is only eclipsed by his determination to perform the daunting task of doing this for ordinary people at affordable prices.
Ripple sycamore and cedar with
burr elm details.
2110×1520 x 690mm / 83 x 60 x 27 in.
‘Before You Go’ hallway organiser
Mirror with key cabinet to its side. The horizontal shelf supports on its upper face a box with a lid that pivots upwards; on its under surface hang two drawers that swing outward from a central pivot. 980 x 1150 x 150mm / 38 x 45 x 6 In.
Reading chair with removeable book holder
Sycamore and walnut.
Two drawers either side of frame; top box with three drawers. Sycamore, stainless steel and powder-coated aluminium.
760 x 2000 x 900mm / 30 x 78 x 36 in.
Dining table and ‘Tricorn’ upholstered chairs
Diamond pattern sycamore with walnut line.
Detail of dining table ‘Tricorn’ chairs in ash
Occasional table CD lozenge
Cherry and brass Lacewood. Holds 60
820 X 630 x 360mm / 36 x 25 X 14 in. Compact discs.
800 x 200 x 170mm / 32 x 8 x 7 in.
Low fan table Walnut and bronze. 410 x 1470 x 1880mm /16 x 58 x 74 in.
Intimate seat with integral table and sculpted seats Oak and brass
Partner’s table and tambour lockers The tables can be joined as one unit or broken up into three independent ones. Each has integral cable storage shown at the centre of the table top. Beech.
Each table: 740 x 1660 (longest arc) to 1070 (inner arc) x 1295mm 29 x 65 to 42 x 51 in.
Bench for two
Chestnut with coloured metal structural elements. The wide arms are for resting drinks.
Ashley Cartwright’s wide academic training, his international reputation as an advisor and adjudicator in design, and his vast experience at home and abroad in the field of furniture making and environmental design have placed his name at the forefront in publications, exhibitions and commissions for the past thirty years. Despite, or perhaps because of, his exceptional knowledge of his subject, his furniture is simple, based on an analysis of balance and form, virtually undecorated and constructed of plain home grown timbers, mostly made to commission, for clients who are heavily involved in the design and making process.
One of о series of seats in oak with galvanised metal structure. The detail right, shows the subtie shape of the edging.
With 24 legs of round cut sycamore. 3000mm /118 in.
Limed oak, with zigzag decoration.
1500mm/ 59 in
Ash, with tapering edge.
900 x 900 x 400mm / 35 x 35 x 16 in
Limed oak, with chevron cut edge. Detail shown below.
1500 x 400 x 850mm high 59 x 16 x 33 in.
Reception Desk in maple
For the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
4500mm/ 177 in.
Shows surface edge and juxtaposing planes.
Six curved doors overlap each other when opened. Inside are seven drawers and shelving. Pearwood.
1800 x 900mm / 71 x 35.5 in.
Shows drawer handles.
Oak dining table
The oak for this table originated from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Surrey. The original tree plaque is set into the table structure. Seats twenty. 5500 x 1000mm / 216 x 39 in.
Shows underframe structure.
Small side table (left)
Sawn beech with cleft chestnut legs. 500mm / 20 in. Side table (above)
Sawn elm with cleft chestnut legs. 1500mm / 59 in. Side table (below)
Sawn elm with cleft ash legs. 2200mm / 86 in.