Robert Heritage cabinet for Archie Shine c. 1965
This cabinet design by Robert Heritage typifies his refined and subtle approach towards case furniture. The outline and ‘façade’ is simple and restrained, however the scale and proportions were highly progressive for the time. Long and low cabinets were not yet widely available or accepted. Such a design was more familiar in progressive American modernist interiors.
Using solid and veneered rosewood, the cabinet is made to extremely high standards by British cabinet-maker Archie Shine. Veneers will have been carefully selected for their pattern and to provide matching rhythm to the frontage.
The handles are rebated into the top to create a simple detail without interruption to the side or top profiles. Further, the hinges are housed within the door section to provide a clean front to the cabinet, free of any hardware. The whole cabinet is carefully resolved to create a minimal, yet luxurious piece of furniture.
The partnership between Heritage and Archie Shine began in the late 1950’s and continued through the 1960s. The designs by Robert Heritage embraced traditional elements though were thoroughly modern in proportion and detailing.
Robert Heritage is largely overlooked as a designer. He was awarded more COID (Council Of Industrial Design) design awards by the Design Council than any other British designer in the 20th Century. His worked extended from industrial products to lighting and even to furniture for the QE2. Heritage was acknowledged as Royal Designer for Industry, awarded a CBE and was professor of furniture at the Royal College of Art.
228w x 51d x 76cmh
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