Venus Cabinet

Alfred Newall
Venus Cabinet by Alfred Newall was inspired by Alfred’s residency at Holkham Hall, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Alfred was inspired by the origins of ‘the cabinet’, historically a room - not a piece of furniture - furnished with books and works of art, adjacent to a bedchamber. ‘The cabinet’ was a room for privacy, study and a place to be surrounded by personal treasured items. Over time, a free standing chest-on-stand piece of furniture would house these treasured items, and became popular from the 16th century onwards. The Venus Cabinet blends this narrative with Alfred’s passion for traditional joinery as well as the layers of craftsmanship found within Holkham Hall. It is finished in a striking green, which was the colour of Venus and saved for rooms associated with intimacy. The final piece is flexible in use and designed to be equally at home in a bedroom, sitting room, study or dining room.The shelving is adjustable so could house anything from books and letter writing materials to glasses and bottles of spirit.

Material: Oak and painted surfaces
cm: Width 100cm, Depth 52cm, Height 170cm
inches: Width 39.4in, Depth 20.5in, Height 66.9in
Care Instructions: Dust lightly with dry cloth or use a damp cloth when necessary. Please don't use any abrasive cleaners.
Lead Time: 8-12 weeks


From the bottom working up, the cabinet is made from solid oak turned feet and legs, with 18th century detailing and fluting. The stretcher panel and the top cabinet are made from solid timber - the latter has been veneered to give an oak interior. The cabinet has two drawers featuring a brass pull ring on each and has adjustable shelves, with a small hidden drawer that is intended to be discovered. Finally, the doors have been fitted with brass hinges and have elliptical door handles. The cabinet is composed of two parts, which are joined together seamlessly but can be taken apart if needed for access or for travel purposes.

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The Maker Alfred Newall Furniture Maker - South East England

Alfred Newall is a furniture designer and maker based in Sussex. He is inspired by historic pieces and rural vernacular design, and uses traditional methods and processes in his work. After training at the Building Crafts College, Alfred worked for Plain English Design for two years while setting up his own practice. His focus is on the qualities of utilitarian design and proportion, with functionality and longevity at the core. Each piece is made in his workshop on the edge of the South Downs, using sustainably sourced materials.