Tord Boontje L’Armoire Cabinet
  • Tord Boontje L’Armoire Cabinet
  • Tord Boontje L’Armoire Cabinet
Tord Boontje has reinterpreted the classic wood veneered cabinet of the 18th century by creating a beautiful, folding shape emphasized and expressed with simply figured veneers to highlight its rich landscape. Tord Boontje has long sought to achieve a delicate marriage of design with emotion since he studied at the Design Academy, Eindhoven, followed by a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London. His work includes the doll chair with Alexander McQueen and the contemporary classic Blossom Chandelier which is now held in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

L’Armoire is all emotion with its seductive silk-textured, rich brown wood, with red highlights. The hand-veneered wardrobe is a chamber of secrets housing a central concealed panel which opens to reveal a series of drawers and contains three additional hidden compartments to conceal your most valued possessions. The two main doors of the wardrobe are released with the touch of an unmarked panel of veneer on the front of the cabinet.

The central compartment is revealed by a more discreet device. To create such a piece as this requires veneers of exceptional precision and refinement which were derived from the traditional technique of vertical veneering to give them the rigidity and shared strength of the tree. They were cut by Patrick George, a fourth generation French veneer specialist on a scie à bois montant built in the early 1800s.

Arabesque, one of the world’s leading ébénistes, produced the cabinet. The veneering was overseen by M. Simon-Pierre Etienne, in partnership with Arabesque while the locks were custom-designed by M. Alain de Saint Éxupery, a specialist in 17th and 18th century furniture locks based in Southern France. Their combined knowledge has created one of the most secretive and delightful pieces of 21st century design. L’Armoire is a sensual re-discovery of the art of beautiful concealment.

width 1120 mm
height 2120 mm
depth 800 mm

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