Austrian Corner Cabinet

Beatrix Potter's corner cabinet

When we visited Beatrix Potter’s home in the village of Near Sawry in the Lake District we were pleased to find a couple of pieces for the show. One of them was a Corner Cabinet and the other was a terrific Davenport.

The house that visitors are permitted to view is actually not the house that Beatrix lived in with her husband this was actually her work house. The place she slept in was nearby only a stones throw away but this house is where she did all her entertaining. A wealthy woman in her own time she shared afternoon tea with the wealthy and poor alike. Children and adults would come from all over the world to meet the famous children’s writer. They came to see where all these fabulous characters were born, get her to sign a book while listening to her tell some stories.

What an interesting character she must have been. In a lot of modern homes it might be difficult to find just the right place for a formal dark mahogany piece of furniture like Beatrix’s cupboard , but an antique pine looking piece could fit in a lot of English country kitchens, a bedroom, lots of places. David always likes to create pieces that fit in the average home of today, ideas that have translated through time that are just as good today as they were a hundred years ago.

The corner cabinet is certainly one of those pieces, almost everyone has a spare corner in their home and David remembered seeing a corner cupboard on a skiing trip to Austria and really liked it. After coming across the piece at Hilltop it seemed the perfect opportunity to build a corner piece, modern but still with an Austrian feel and The Austrian Corner Cabinet was born.