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  • Bespoke Fitted Furniture

    Bill Davies designs bespoke fitted and freestanding furniture to individual commission, working for Interior Designers, Architects, Developers and of course for individual Private Clients. Projects range from individual pieces to complete apartments; styles and finishes from traditional to cutting-edge. Bill has 35 years hands-on experience of designing and installing bespoke furniture


    We try to make rooms work. That’s especially important when it comes to kitchens, because of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is the one that requires the most careful thought if it’s to work properly as well as look good.

    I sit down with my clients to work through all the options. Not just the layout and the way the storage works but the dimensions, materials, colours, textures and surfaces. The key is to know the rules, then throw out the ones that get in the way. There’s a lot more to getting it right than just lining up the boxes.

    But not everybody wants cutting-edge design. We work for real people, in real houses. And things don’t have to be expensive, either. Classic furniture based on good proportions, simple detailing and thoughtful design will outlast the field

    Walnut Library

    This Library in American Black Walnut is part of a suite of four rooms designed by Intarya – we fitted furniture in three of them, with intricate shadow gaps and the mirror detail you see on the archway linking this library to the adjoining bar.  Huge attention was paid to matching the walnut veneers, and there are three different styles of concealed lighting.  This complex project confirmed the importance of doing our own installations!

    This apartment by Intarya was a considerable challenge. As well as all the panelling, padded walls and wardrobes we made the glossy internal doors, with their curved mouldings, and even created a teak-clad bath-tub. But my favourite is this Wenge AV wall with its amazing disappearing television screen

    Light floods into this brick and flint farmhouse from all sides. The calm blue-grey lacquer of this simple kitchen is set off by honey-cream English Ash in both solid and veneer, which gives a great feeling of space. The curved legs give the island a slightly Fifties twist: worktops are honed black granite

    Aspen & Cherry kitchen

    This room is a homage to designer Johnny Grey, whose work is admired by my clients as well as me. The interlocking circular islands are in a mixture of Cherry and Aspen veneer, with a simple herringbone inlay. We chose Lacewood and solid Cherry for the “court cupboard” and the little dresser, its base also curved, uses dichroic glass. However showy, this room is where the children sit to do their homework

    Stainless Steel can be uncompromising (and it finger-marks) but it gives this island real presence. The worktops behind, with their tall coved splashbacks, sit on waxed oak furniture made from rough, asymmetric planks as a visual antidote.  Bright red stools and floor hatch add punctuation

    We had great fun with this pair of curved vanities, veneered in Tabu, gloss finished and topped with extravagant marble basins. The recessed mirrored cupboards are lined in stainless steel.  The view from this bathroom takes in the bay between Villefranche and Cap Ferrat so it is definitely a place to linger

    Not a kitchen design concept for the shy and retiring! We found ultra-long leaves of Macassar Ebony and wrapped it round the curves, book-matching the veneer at the centre line of the pan drawers and the Viking hob and grill. The finish is a hand polished high gloss, the worktops are solid granite 6cm thick and the final touch is provided by glass tiles backed with gold leaf


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    As well as built-in furniture I design free-standing pieces as well – these curved drawers are part of a gorgeous chest in Ebony.  We found lovely bright veneers – the lucky client has a desk and tub chair to match

    To find out more – and for lots of tempting images – go to www.pennysmill.com

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    Bill Davies
    Penny’s Mill
    Somerset BA11 4NP
    Tel. 07976-606107
    email billdavies@pennysmill.com

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