Beauty & Bespoke = Black & Key

New furniture can often transform an often tired or dull space in your home. The beauty of bespoke is that it is completely unique to you and you alone. The ‘one of a kind’ nature can be incredibly special and will leave both you and your friends/guests in awe. You will feel a sense of pride towards a piece where you have had design input which can be perfectly integrated with your existing/new interiors.  

There are so many flatpack choices on the market in 2019. This is nothing new but with the age of IKEA appealing to those with a limited budget, flat pack is becoming prominent for an easy yet contemporary style within the home. However, the option of choosing bespoke is becoming just as accessible, both in convenience and budget. After all, what is exhilarating and exciting about a unit or coffee table that thousands of others have integrated into their home?

Here at Black & Key, we are keen to offer a range to suit those with a light or heavy purse. With the help of our new designer Alfie, we are keen to produce beautiful bespoke furniture to the masses, offering a tailored look and feel but without the hefty price tag. Imagine choosing your own custom design (along with our expert advice of course) that will complement your additional interior desires and wishes.

Still not convinced? Let us look at how Black & Key can really make a difference to your space:

1)     Bespoke furniture can fit seamlessly into the smallest, most awkward of spaces that you’ve struggled to utilise previously. Extra storage for these spaces is incredibly useful, as well as creating a room that is both functional and stylish.

2)  Whilst thinking of storage ideas, bespoke options are endless!  You will have full control over the layout of shelving, drawers and racks to suit your individual requirements and taste.

3)    Materials & Finishes – Finding it impossible to get furniture to match? Bespoke furniture can bring your whole room together with matching or complimentary colours, varnishes and materials. Keep your interior design scheme flawless and sophisticated with perfectly co-ordinated pieces.

4)    Price – Additional and reputable branded furniture producers can create beautiful furniture but with a huge profit margin to go with it. Mass made and often widely distributed, you will question how such prices can be justified. With handcrafted bespoke products from B&K, you are certain to be provided with the very best in British craftsmanship. The price needn’t be excessive, but what you receive at the end will truly blow you away!

5)    Service & Aftercare – Have you incurred a problem with your wardrobe? Sofa? Chair? Have you been left on hold for minutes on end? A hefty phone bill? Talking to someone from a call centre thousands of miles away. At Black & Key, our service and aftercare is top notch, with our friendly team based at our main office in Worcestershire. We are on hand to provide guidance on any query without fuss!

With all these benefits, give us a call on 020 7351 7989 or drop us an email at  mail@blackandkey.co.uk  and see how bespoke furniture could improve your home.

A WORK OF ART

I’m greatly disappointed that we are not basking in the same beautiful sunshine as we had a couple of weeks ago, however, take this time to indulge in a little ‘you’ time, feeding your mind with this beautiful piece from our glorious range; 

We adore these cabinets, completely and utterly divine in their construction and form with a majestic title to match their superiority and stature in any room. 

The Heston II (so they are named) was developed from our original piece, giving the option of additional storage space which can be fully customised to suit any requirements for you and your home.

The bi-fold doors fold back completely against the sides, the perfect design technique for those who wish to flaunt the exquisite interior whilst keeping the frontage tidy and attractive. An internal flap is supported by a pull-out shelf and the horizontal surfaces of the cabinet are lined in leather. All horizontal surfaces have been finished with Parapan ® as this resilient material can be wiped clean very easily – the perfect space for serving a glass of wine or two!

The second cabinet contains a wine cooler. The ventilation grille complements other similar features along with the Loop handles that have been designed by Black & Key to complement this unusual detail.

We create this particular piece in other dimensions, finishes and interior configurations, to suit a drinks, display, secretaire, wine cooler or TV cabinet.
Let us know your limitations and we can ensure a product that fits.

Works of art needn’t be created by a painter – you have found one right here!

The Art Deco Revival of 2019

Interior design trends, like any trend, will develop organically, and will follow patterns. Art Deco, also known as style moderne, was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s. Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.

The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look. Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity of the machine and for the inherent design qualities of machine-made objects.

History of Art Deco

When referring to the Art Deco style, we often envisage a space full of lavish interiors, the bold use of wood finishes and metals, with rigid shapes and rich colour. This is a style that epitomises luxury, yet in an unexpected and unique way.

The Art Deco movement originated in Western Europe during the 1920s and progressed to the USA during the 1930’s. The style saw the pairing of newly developed materials with much-desired and luxurious resources such as ivory, mahogany, and shagreen alongside chrome and plate-glass.

The Art Deco style conjured a notion that interiors moved beyond the traditional idea that furniture and décor were used purely for functional and practical purposes. The style transformed the ideas surrounding the interior of a home and mimicked the architecture of the time. The core style themes were smooth and streamlined surfaces, vertical lines, and geometric patterns.

Art Deco in 2019

If you are an avid follower of interior trends, you will certainly be aware that most trends will tend to repeat and are re-introduced to their respective era with a modern twist.

The re-emergence of the Art Deco style was last seen in the 80s, which incorporated a lot of black marble and brass.

Both of these elements have made a revival and are seen as an incorporation to the original and classic 1920’s look. So what elements can we expect to see being added in 2019?

In furniture, we’re seeing many items with sculptural lines that are both curved and geometric. In rugs, wallpaper, and upholstery, geometric patterns along with botanical references in artwork and fabric are abundant.

See for Yourself

Overall the Art Deco style is about high contrast and dramatic spaces. If you’re ready to try the trend, take a look at what we could do for you.

Yardley Sideboard

The sideboard is shown with radial marquetry Macassar doors, Noir ebonised details, feet and Nack door pulls. The sideboard can also be veneered in a quartered marquetry Macassar or radial or quartered figured walnut.

Further options are veneers and finishes from our collection, inlays in polished/antique or polished brass, insets from a selection of antique mirror or liquid metal finishes.


Arc Bedside Table

The classic Arc bedside table can be customised as a drum-shape, shown here in our glamorous Macassar with starburst top. 

This piece is available in all our veneers and can be made with optional contrasting drawer fronts in another veneer, a liquid metal or leather. 


Petite Lombard mirror

The Petit and Grand Lombard mirrors have been exquisitely designed to display our wonderful straw marquetry, a craft perfected during the Art Deco period. The Piano black frame contrasts with the subtle tones of the straw, shown in Anthracite and Earth hues.

If you just look the pieces included in this week’s blog, explore more of our gorgeous range here!

So it begins…

Here at Black and Key, we are continuously inspired to produce the finest bespoke furniture for you to display in your own home.

Spring 2019 sees changes at Black & Key- Karin Verzariu is stepping down as Director and with this we have moved the showroom and admin offices to a new location on the same site as our workshop in Worcestershire.

This move will strengthen the already strong tie between sales and manufacture. There is no change to business operations and all contact numbers and email addresses remain the same. Some new faces – Lloyd and Nina will be on hand to help you with any enquiries, sample requests and to process your orders. Alistair as the manufacturing lead will assist with any bespoke requirements or technical queries.

We welcome old and new customers to visit the showroom and tour of the workshops to discuss our product range or any bespoke furniture requirements. Please phone us to make an appointment.

This change coincides with some new exciting products being developed to add to our successful range of hand made furniture. We look forward to you joining us for a new chapter of Black & Key.  Look out for further updates on our social media sites.

The new company details are as follows: Cornmill Road, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 2LL

T +44 (0)20 7351 7989

www.blackandkey.co.uk

mail@blackandkey.co.uk

We will of course keep you updated as to our official premises re-launch and all other exciting updates. We look forward to you joining us for a new chapter of Black & Key.

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