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Historic Hardware by Edward Bulmer

23rd April 2020

Edward Bulmer’s passion for 18th and 19th century architecture has inspired an intricate range of period hardware

Interior designer and architectural historian, Edward Bulmer has worked with some of Britain’s best-known stately homes.

His projects offer more than your average square footage but it’s the finer details that continue to inspire Edward’s work and provide captivating clues to the design history of each house he works on.

It’s this love for beautiful design, combined with an interest in traditional craft that led Edward to curate our latest period hardware collection, the Historic Range.

The range includes a collection of door hardware and curtain tiebacks, all with a fascinating history, reflecting the work of the great architects and designers of the 18th and 19th centuries.

One such piece is the Holland Oval door knob with matching escutcheon, the design of both pieces date back to 1800. The pattern was used by Henry Holland and found in some of his late projects including Southill Park in Bedforshire and The Albany, London’s – first apartment’s, completed by Holland in 1803. Holland was a master of elegant, classical design, in contrast to the more elaborate designs of his contemporary, Robert Adam.

“Few architects managed the transition from Roman to Grecian classicism as skilfully as Henry Holland.” – Edward Bulmer

Another piece from the collection that dates back to the 1800’s, is the Nash curtain tieback. The original pattern was used by John Nash in 1830 and features three striking lotus leaves, which are in turn supported by three smaller lotus leaves

“It’s sophistication derives from the skilful handling of this simplicity; knowing an ornament can be pared back if the underlying form is preserved” – Edward Bulmer

John Nash was the most successful and prolific architect of his generation, a designer who excelled at elegant interiors along with huge architectural undertakings, including his most ambitious; Regents Park.

An even earlier design in the collection is the Wyatt door knob and matching escutcheon. The intricate Neoclassical design dates back to 1780.

Its namesake, James Wyatt was a hugely successful architect but eclipsed in fame by the Adam brothers, however the spread of Wyatt’s work was considerably wider.

This knob, supplied to a number of his projects, demonstrates a concern for beauty and practicality. It has no visible screws in the backplate and is well scaled in the hand.

To find out more about all the pieces in our Historic Range of door hardware and curtain tiebacks click here.

To find out more about Edward Bulmer and his design work visit his website or follow him on Instagram.