British manufacturer Mark Taylor Design specialises in designing and making bespoke kitchens, bathrooms, studies, libraries, staircases and bars, as well as individual furniture pieces, and is adept at transforming rooms into truly extraordinary spaces.
The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is renowned for its use of innovative materials and has vast experience of bringing clients’ homes to life. So when the owners of this five-bedroom, river-fronted Berkshire property were looking to create an Art Deco-inspired bar and relaxing room, Mark Taylor Design was their first port of call.
Managing director Mark Taylor explains: “Following our clients’ decision to go ahead with our design, the room was stripped and corner columns and alcoves were created with studwork and plaster. Art Deco has a certain symmetry about it and the layout was designed to reflect this.”
The team indented the walls to create alcoves for each piece of furniture and incorporated a huge back-lit coving into their design, which they commissioned Hutts Coving to implement.
One of the many focal points within the room is the stunning wood-framed stained glass window, which makes a real statement and covers an existing square window. “The stained glass was a delight to design,” explains Mark. “We commissioned Corianda Glass studio who worked with my design to find glass to match the Art Deco theme and they have done a beautiful job.”
Mark Taylor Design, which also incorporates an interior design and sourcing division, designed and made all the individual furniture pieces within the room. “All aspects of this project were bespoke,” continues Mark. “Our workshop used a vacuum press and moulds to create the shapes I designed. Everything from the wall cabinets, coffee table and tall glass units to the radiator covers and side table were designed to be sympathetic to a 1920s style.”
Another wow-factor piece is the bespoke velvet burnt orange sofa, which creates an exciting feature. “The impact of the stained glass and the burnt orange sofa hit you when you first walk into the room and then all the other aspects keep your eyes moving around the space,” says Mark. “This is a room that really transports you back to the 1920s.”