Gosling successfully won the Bespoke Cabinetry Award in The International Product Design Awards 2014
Gosling is a bespoke furniture design company whose vision is to combine classical inspiration and exquisite British craftsmanship with ergonomic perfection. All Gosling furniture is handmade by skilled cabinetmakers and each piece reflects the exceptional level of detail they are trained by Gosling to achieve. From the choice of timbers and the book matching of woods, to the screw heads lining up along the grain direction, their work is unsurpassed in quality and care.
Materials are the backbone of Gosling design. Only the best is used: woods of the finest grain; leather of the highest quality; as well as a plethora of other materials, both modern and classical, used in interesting and ingenious ways.
The Contemporary Cocktail Cabinet
This Cocktail Cabinet is made in English harewood, with inlays of bone and hand cut bronze straw. The size of the piece was critical, it needed to have presence but not dominate. Lighting the top to make it like a pedestal to display glass was key to achieving this. The private client wanted a sense of theatre when mixing cocktails but the piece needed to be very practical for storage of bottles, glasses and other paraphernalia. A favorite aspect is the use of bronze straw down the central section and the curved bone around the corners. Leather inserts to protect the glasses in the harewood shelves is a stunning detail. The budget was in the region of £30,000.
Straw marquetry, was first used by the early twentieth century, French designer, Jean-Michel Frank. The particular straw Gosling uses today is grown in the South of France, worked into panels in Normandy and then sent to Gosling’s cabinetmakers in Yorkshire.
This stunning piece sits on a raised plinth with an inset strip of chrome. Inside the glasses are held in a series of handmade curved harewood shelves, all internally wrapped in leather.
There are numerous pullout sections for trays and spirits. The top and internal section is lit with small ‘LED’s’ sunken into the top element of the cabinet, thus lighting the three tiered glass section top and the main body of the cabinet at the same time.
The use of a very delicate colour pallet for the piece gives it a soft and clean cut feel. It successfully feels like a contemporary piece with a classical understanding.