A bespoke gate with a lot of love

As experts in crafting beautiful, bespoke gates, we were in our element with one of our recent projects for a 1930s property looking for an updated version of an art deco style gate.

Working closely with the architect to help bring their vision to life, we designed and developed the Lambourn. All of our gates are named after British artists, and the Lambourn was no different, paying homage to the great George Lambourn.

To start, we provided some classic drawings of original art deco gates that we found in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The architect chose the client’s favourite option, which was then tailored to meet their requirements, and our experts got to work crafting the new piece.

The Lambourn Gate was made from iroko, which is a hardwood, to provide optimum strength and visual impact. We often oil iroko gates to give them extra protection, but to also bring out the colour of the wood. However, the client wanted to leave them natural so that they would go grey quicker and seamlessly blend in with their surroundings.

During its heyday, art deco represented luxury, glamour, and exuberance; and from its outset, art deco was influenced by the use of bold geometric form. The art deco design principles were used in architecture, buildings, cars, jewellery and even gates!

We have tried to embody these principles in the gate design by juxtaposing the hard lines of the angular, sloping tops on the heads and heels of the gate, with the rounded hearts – quite a typical art deco motif – cut out of the gate uprights.

Intended to make a statement, the Lambourn Gate perfectly encompasses the elegance of the 1920s and 1930s art deco design combined with modern styling, fine craftsmanship and rich materials.