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October 2017

A Discovery Through the Doors of Seville

Take a walk down the streets of Seville and you’ll be struck by buildings untouched for centuries as well as dozens of handmade timber doors. Each one uniquely crafted and waiting to tell a story. Many of these doors with geometric patterns, as an homage to the cities Arabic origins.  Beautifully eroding as a measure of time.

With no real pavements, the doors of Seville are very important to the people. They act as the only boundary between the street life and the private courtyards.

Architecture of Seville

The current architecture of Seville that you see stems from the African-Islamic population. A community that once inhabited the majority of the city before being conquered. Since then the designs have always had attributes to its Moorish origins. With a lot of buildings incorporating geometry and craftsmanship into their style. The most notable example of this evolution is the Seville Cathedral, which was built on an ancient mosque site and converted the existing minaret to a bell tower.

A Measure of Wealth

The houses and courtyards would have once belonged to larger families. Their entrances would have been a depiction of the family’s wealth. The bigger and grander your door, the more affluent your family was considered to be. Residents would have also competed to own the most decorative and ornate doorknobs, often in brass

Being a resident in Seville, you would have been competing with neighbors to own the most decorative and ornate doorknobs. Often in brass and shaped into hands or animals.

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Ornate door knobs found on doors of Seville

Though the city has evolved through the times, we are grateful it has been able to preserve such rich character.

 

 

Bespoke Door for Siouxsie Dickens

At Brandler, we too see how a door can be more than just a door. It can become the threshold into someone’s personality. That is why we went through numerous discussion and drawings when constructing Siouxsie Dicken’s Door. Needless to say, we were very proud of the final design and Siouxsie was very happy with her new door.

Siouxsie’s bespoke timber door depicts art deco and gothic influences and was made to appear as two doors. However, they are attached to function as one huge door, imposing a sense of grandness to any guests. The door uses 150-year-old raw-wood and was painted in an off-black with gold accents. It effortlessly fits into the flat’s modern and contemporary styling.

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Siouxsie Dicken’s Bespoke Door

December 2018

Doors and Exploration

We sailed into waters around the Lipari and headed towards the islands marina.. The main sea front promenade is peppered with colourful houses with exquisitely weathered timber doors and window frames. This one in particular caught the eye with its dissolving render and flash of red  set against these aged wooden doors. The wood on these doors tell a story of a life lived to the fullest. Beautiful doors in a landscape.

 

Neighbouring doors offer their own majestic dereliction. The texture warn intuit the walls and moustache like sill… nature fighting back to reclaim its land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towards the end of the promenade we bumped into this native looking wood man… He wasn’t overly impressed when I suggested he would make a lovely kitchen or wardrobe door…. but as you all know we don’t chop down trees to make our furniture. We re-purpose old barn wood beams and give them a new lease of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden sailing boats and standing coastline of the volcanic chain on our way to Salina turned out to be the island with the best treasure trove of old wood. The colours and textures married with the beauty of the surrounding hill sides and was a visual fest, a treat for the senses of intrepid wood loving explorers and a tremendous joy adventuring and discovering the islands secrets.

 

 

 

 

 

September 2017

Raw wood top tips - Featured on Houzz

Get the Raw and Rustic Look

This month we were pleased to hear that we had been featured on the interiors website, Houzz. The article was about achieving a raw and rustic look, so no surprise they wanted to use an image by raw wood specialists Brandler London image.

For the article, Houzz included our warehouse conversion based in Southwark. This project made use of existing raw wood joists and exposed brickwork, bringing new life but holding onto character.

Alongside us, the article spotlighted other designers that were able to combine the use of natural and industrial materials into their designs.

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Giving helpful tips to create cozy yet contemporary living spaces. Projects featured included impressive uses of incorporating raw wood and metals into spaces that had exposed brickwork or distressed plaster. As well as making the most of your scuffed floorboards.

The Design

We were able to keep to the Brandler style by placing raw aged pine alongside polished concrete worktops, creating a crisp and contemporary design. We were lucky enough to reuse the raw wood from the existing joist to create the cabinet doors. Pair this with the buildings exposed brickwork and our choice of a soft green for the walls, we were proud of how light and relaxing a living space we had achieved.

“…vintage bricks instantly add character to any space. In a kitchen they create warmth, and here work brilliantly alongside natural wooden units.”

Other features of the design included recessed handles with routed steel back-plates as well as retrofitted lighting by Buster + Punch and fully fitted kitchen appliances.

At Brandler, we pride ourselves on being makers of bespoke cabinetry, and our Southwark warehouse is another example of how good we are at working weathered barn wood into high-end contemporary designs.

Please take a look at some other kitchen designs we have work on here.

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