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Focus On: Elm Drinks Cabinet and Purple Bookcase

Here’s a recent project that's been in the works for a while now. Read on to find out more about the Elm Drinks Cabinet and Purple Bookcase.

The Beginning

The brief was to create a bookcase and drinks cabinet for the client with storage to hide paperwork. After several discussions with the client we decided to go for a homegrown timber which is full of character - Scottish Elm.

The Process

The client was mulling over a few options for the drinks cabinet doors, but after seeing a sample of our tambour doors they were sold.

The light wood of the tambour doors sets off against the purple bookcase makes for a beautiful contrast. With this, we supplied the perfect combination of functionality and finesse.

The client originally wanted an off white bookcase for a classic look - however they were urged to go bold with an on-trend colour - and they thankfully took our advice. Using this deep purple colour from https://www.farrow-ball.com/paint-colours/pelt - this created a strong and luxurious feel that can appear almost black in low light - giving extra dimension to the piece that can transform depending on the time of day.

The Finished Product

Hand turned elm with brass detailing for the handles tied to everything together, setting the cabinet off against the purple again.

Designs are underway for the clients desk - following a similar style - which will also be handcrafted from Scottish Elm.

It’s been fantastic working with this client and having the freedom to explore new ideas and approaches.

Special thanks to https://www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk/ who supplied the timber we worked with on this piece.

You can see more pictures of this piece here.

Turner Furniture featured on Cole AD blog

As a business owner, a lot of support comes from word of mouth or recommendations. It's rare we take a step into the public sphere for press or media enquiries. Last year, Chris sat down and spoke to Glasgow Live as part of their series on, well, Glasgow lives! The response to the interview was incredible and it just confirms the value of putting yourself out there as a business owner.

We were recently mentioned in a new blog by Glasgow based design and advertising agency Cole AD as one of 5 local businesses to know this Summer. We've previously worked with Cole AD on our web presence and they've been an excellent team to get to know. This mention in their blog was a welcome surprise and we're happy to be in the company of some other fantastic Glasgow based businesses. You can read all about it here.

Focus On: Rippled Sycamore and Wenge Coffee Table

It’s been a busy month in the workshop as Chris works hard on a new piece - keep your eyes peeled for more info on that soon! This month however, we thought it would be nice to revisit a previous project that we’re particularly proud of. Today, we’re focusing on the Rippled Sycamore & Wenge Coffee Table.

Close-up of Wenge peg detail on underside of Sycamore coffee table

The Beginning

This Lounge table was designed and constructed in our Glasgow workshop. The piece was to be a new addition to a customers lounge that already had quite a distinct and cultivated look. The setting for this particular piece was a hundred-years old Arts and Crafts house on the outskirts of Glasgow. The interior of this lounge had a lot of geometric detail that added personality and flair. With our coffee table, we didn’t want to overpower the existing interior, so devised a plan to create something that fit perfectly.


The Process

Ideas were sketched out and a scaled model was made to show our customer what we could create for them. Then the real fun began!

Constructing this piece was an absolute treat. Using some of the finest Rippled Sycamore we have worked with yet, the sycamore surface of the coffee table was intricately connected to the underframe and finished with a Wenge peg detail - creating an effortless flow.

Completed with a delicate floating surface, the coffee table combines different elements and techniques to create a harmonious finished product.


The Finished Product

You can see more photos of the Rippled Sycamore & Wenge coffee table in its new home here. You’ll see how it merges beautifully with the decor without throwing off the balance of the room as a whole. We also constructed a Birds Eye Maple and Wenge fireplace for this room, which was designed by Anna Campbell-Jones of Habitus Interior Design, tying everything together neatly. This was a special project and we’re over the moon with how it turned out!

To find out more about the property, click here to read a snippet of this article featured in the Homes and Interiors Scotland magazine.

Looking for the perfect coffee table to centre in your lounge? With restrictions lifting and home visits allowed from mid May, this could be the perfect time to contact Chris Turner and create something unique. Get in touch with us to discuss your project today.


Focus on: Boclair Wine Room

Continuing our 'Focus On' series on the blog, where we showcase a different Turner Furniture project each month, we’re focusing on The Boclair Wine Room today.

front facing view of wine rack


The Beginning

We were first approached by our client who had been very inspired by the Greystone Desk. Our brief was to create a bespoke interior for a wine room in the outhouse of our client’s property on the outskirts of Glasgow. From the first initial meeting, the Boclair Wine Room took fruition.

The Boclair Wine Room was designed and handcrafted in our workshop in Glasgow. Using a mixture of copper solid timber and wood veneers to create a truly stunning interior.

Inspired by the buildings angular form (designed by Cameron Webster Architects) and copper exterior, the design elements of the interior were put in place.


The Process

With the copper wine rack/wall - we aimed to create a truly unique focal point for the room that would stop guests in their tracks. The wine cabinet was made from solid hand polished copper reflecting the exterior of the building. The cabinetry was handcrafted using Walnut, Rosewood, Ebony and Purple heart. The combination of these materials complimented by the Vibrant Pink Rippled Sycamore.

The room was also furnished with our Boclair cocktail table - made from live edge Scottish Walnut and embellished with our geometric branding. The details were what set this project apart, and really showed how each piece in our collection works perfectly together.


The Boclair Collection

The Boclair Wine Room and Boclair Cocktail table can be found in our Collection. Each piece in our collection is a standalone creation but can be paired perfectly with each other, due to the recurrent motifs and influences of geometry, contrast, and contemporary architecture and style.

All pieces within our collection are able to be made to our customer's particular specifications, so we can make them work for you no matter what space you are working with.

We were lucky to have the team over at CutMustardTV create a video showcase of the Boclair Wine Room, which you can see here on our Youtube channel.

This was a fantastic project to work on. It’s always great to see how the different pieces in our collection fit within our customers’ living spaces. We loved this opportunity to give our customer an incredibly unique and opulent space to entertain and relax. We think our pieces inject a lot of life into the space and serve as a fantastic talking point! We all miss entertaining, so if you want to give your guests something to talk about (when we’re allowed to have them!) why not get in touch with us?

Focus on: Fly Box Studio

Once a month, we're going to be featuring some of the work that we have produced in the past and give you some history behind the making of it. This month, we are focusing on our Fly Box Studio. See anything you like? We'd be more than happy to discuss how we could produce a bespoke version for you!

handcrafted wooden fly box


Whilst a lot of our work is focused around the home or public spaces, we sometimes find that commissions come in for pieces that people want to take on the go! That was the case when the first request for a fly box came to us.

We were delighted to be able to produce something that could be used regularly and find a home in any fly fishing kit. This could make a perfect, unique gift for Mother or Father's Day, or a birthday gift for the fly fishing enthusiast.

Made from our workshop in Glasgow, the Fly Boxes are made with the finest selection of Scottish hardwoods. They feature rare earth magnets, concealed hinges, foam inserts and are finished with a hard wax oil. The fly boxes can be made bespoke and are the perfect personal or corporate gift.

In line with this, we’ve also worked on pieces like the bespoke Fly Tying Cabinet. The desk was created from carefully selected Scottish Oak from the River Tweed Valley, a place synonymous with salmon fishing. The desk's American Walnut interior is complemented with a tying caddy, perfect for the Art of Fly Tying.

It's been fantastic to be able to create pieces within this niche and to provide special, custom-made items that can be cherished for generations.

Turner Furniture's Fly Box Studio will be creating other bespoke creations to add to their fly fishing and flytying products, so watch this space! You can contact us to create a bespoke piece or to discuss any other project you have in mind.