In the December issue of House and Garden magazine I discuss the merits between choosing an antique or reproduction mantel for your home. The chimneypiece is the focal point of any room and therefore the first place to start when you are creating your interiors. The choice of antique versus reproduction usually comes down to a client’s budget and in the past few years there has been a renewed interest in our finer antique chimneypieces. While there is something very special about owning a beautiful antique chimneypiece with an amazing provenance, clients who chose a reproduction version are always amazed by the techniques we use to give a new piece an aged patina and the feel of an antique one. With the reproduction pieces, stylistically there is an appetite for simpler, less heavily carved designs and we have brought out four new designs that reflect this.
Charlotte and I were interviewed for Country life this week on the bolection chimneypiece, as explained by Charlotte, ‘If you were to take a Regency fireplace with fine carving and flutes and make it with a very figured marble, it would be visually complicated,’ But when there’s only a simple moulding, then it’s all about the marble and it makes for an exquisite focal piece in a very contemporary setting. Where there’s no patterned fabric in the room: the only drama is the marble!’