Bayne’s Quality Custom Furniture recently had the opportunity to craft this Art Nouveau kitchen island for a residence in Falls Church, Va. The island features many hand carved elements and blends well with the owner’s collection of Art Nouveau furniture.
The design is in the manner of Victor Horta, a Belgian master of this style in the early 20th century. Although short lived, the Art Nouveau period is noted for its organic shapes and sinuous lines; furniture of this period is highly sought after by collectors. The collaboration between the owner, Donald Bayne, owner of Bayne’s Furniture owner, and Cory Hill of Andy Staszak Interior Design resulted in the fine period details that you see in the work. They produced a wonderful vision, which was then brought to fruition by the craftsmen at BQCF.
The process began with building the bookcase out of Sapele veneer sheetgoods.
The wire chase is attached.
The solid hardwood face frame is constructed with legs……
……and attached to the bookcase.
#5 – The two (2) end panels are made with the other legs attached.
Then the whole island is assembled.
A full size template of the applied moldings is made, and positioned on the side panels.
The applied moldings are shaped in African mahogany, mounted on plywood, and carved separately.
The outlines were taped off first on the panels, then stained and finished separately. The face frame and other components are stained and finished.
Lastly, the moldings are glued in place on the panels.
A closeup of the carved leg detail.
The finished product in the owner’s kitchen.