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The Venetian Palace series were the basis for the furniture design, and came from a study to discover the underlying geometry of Venetian architecture.

The History of Architecture is the story of the window.

The models were made to tell the story of architecture through unique forms, to celebrate the vitality and inventiveness to be found in historic buildings. These are not souvenirs, they are made to show the intrinsic beauty of the architecture.

The Venetian Palaces

A parade of beautiful facades, the designs are a contemporary take on historic architecture, and a reminder of the delight to be found in looking at such a variety of inventive shapes and forms. The buildings chosen for the designs are all unique to a time and a place and all have a story to tell.

Based on research and study of the buildings in order to understand the underlying geometry of their features, some adaptations were made in order to translate the forms into wood, but wherever possible these are made in accordance with the original design principles, when these could be found out.

Palazzo Ducale Venice


Loggia Design, Venetian Gothic, 1309 – 1424

The Palazzo Ducale is the symbol of Venetian civilisation, its seat of power and residence of the Doges, until the Republic came to an end in 1797.

This is the finest example of Gothic architecture in Venice, here can be found a harmonious blending of styles from Constantinople to Classical Rome to the Medieval Gothic, as John Ruskin states, “The central building of the world”.

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Venetian Gothic 1422- 1440

The design is of the facade of marble tracery to be found on the Piano Nobile of the Ca’ d’ Oro. Deriving its name from the gilt covered facade that has long faded, the Ca’ d’ Oro is a magnificent example of the so called Flamboyant Gothic.

Palazzo Sagredo Venice

Palazzo Sagredo

 The design is based on the Loggia of the Palazzo Morosini Sagredo in Venice.

The windows are of the 14th century, the quatrefoils above are a 15th century addition, on the sea story below are Byzantine arches. Palazzo Sagredo is a perfect example of the organic growth taking place before the final fully developed Venetian Gothic style emerged.

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

Venetian Gothic Palace on the Grand Canal, mid 15th century

This design is of the tracery to be found on the first Piano Nobile of the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti. A wonderful building with an imposing facade.

These arches introduce a new form to the Venetian Palazzi, semi circles spring up from the columns, cross over each other, but here the ogee is absent, the quatrefoil roundels sit boldly on the crest of these half circles, and to quote Deborah Howard, in her Architectural History of Venice, look…”as if about to roll across the sweeping curves of the arcade.”

In his ‘Venice, the City and its Architecture’, Richard Goy writes that these late Gothic houses…”epitomise the sophisticated variations on a stylistic theme that are so characteristic of the era, almost fugue-like in their harmonic order and patterned rhythms.”

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti is now home to the Istituto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, and hosts a variety of cultural events.


Ca’ Dario

Early Renaissance, after 1480

The Design is inspired by the early Renaissance arches and inlaid marble Rosette of Ca’ Dario This delightful small palace is heavily decorated with many coloured marbles and stones.

Water and Wood


The designs require incredibly sharp detailed inside cutting, water jet cutting is the only technique that will meet this high standard and still allow for use of a high quality wood to which finishes can later be applied.

The models are made using water only water jet cutting, producing the finest cutting with a jet diameter of 0.18mm (cut like a jigsaw puzzle) this is a very clean process, the cut parts are not affected by heat and no smoke, fumes or other contaminants are produced. The water used can be recycled.Designed and Made in the UK


The water jet cutting gives the designs their quality, but the wood gets wet in the process, in order to work with this technology, the designs are made from high grade 6mm marine plywood.

The wood has a fine grain, varies in colour from white to pale mahogany, takes finishes well, is light and very strong able to withstand the water pressure without chipping. These are made to last.

The Models

Water jet cut from marine plywood, the models take the form of a collapsible display stand, a wood kit of parts easy to assemble and disassemble, when locked together it will provide a sturdy stable display stand with a shelf and angled back support for your any-things, or  simply act as a decorative object in itself.

The scale of the models was made with the idea of displaying postcards and business cards but really they are made to play with, make them your own. Like the Venetian palace facades these too are meant to be viewed at their best angles.

The design is simple in appearance, but works because the support brackets are made to hold or release the shelf, and when inserted the shelf acts as a locking device, so that no other elements are required to hold the stand together. Production of these depends on precision, and pushing the materials to their limits.

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The Palazzo Ducale, Venice


Ca’ d’ Oro, Venice

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Palazzo Morosini Sagredo

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

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