Stunning Robert Heritage 'Berkshire' Sideboard for Archie Shine

United Kingdom
W 229cm, D 51cm, H 79cm
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This unique offering unites the high-end craftsmanship of furniture maker Archie Shine with the sleek lines of one of Britain's most lauded industrial designer, Robert Heritage. The outcome of this collaboration is a stunning mid-century sideboard with bespoke copper details.

Each feature of this sideboard has been carefully considered, from the selection of Indian laurel timber to the copper plaques incised with feather motifs. The wood grain of the laurel timber makes this a statement piece to be loved for many years.


Each piece is checked and carefully hand restored at our Kingsland studio workshop. Our focus is preserving the character and patina of the design while ensuring it displays beautifully in a contemporary interior.

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Each piece is checked and carefully restored at our Kingsland studio workshop. Our focus is preserving the character and patina of the design while ensuring it displays beautifully in a contemporary interior.

Our Process:
- Joints checked and reglued
- Timber cleaned and stains removed
- Veneer repairs if needed
- Surfaces polished / refinished

The items showcased in our gallery are constantly changing – not all items are on display at once.

Please enquire if there is a specific piece you would like to view and we’ll make sure it’s in the gallery.

Collection / Delivery

All pieces are available for collection in person from our Ponsonby gallery. We are also happy to provide a quote for delivery throughout New Zealand.

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Stunning Robert Heritage 'Berkshire' Sideboard for Archie Shine

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Robert Heritage
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Robert Heritage
Robert Heritage
Robert Heritage
United Kingdom
1927 - 2010

Robert, or Bob, as he was widely known, trained at the Birmingham College of Art from 1942 through to 1946 before going on to the Royal College of Art where he trained under the direction of Professor R D Russell RDI in the School of Wood, Metals and Plastics. It was also here where he met his wife Dorothy, a textile designer.

After leaving the College he eventually went on to set up his design practice with Dorothy and began to work as a consultant to many of the leading British, high quality, modern furniture manufacturers of the day, notably Archie Shine, Beaver & Tapley, Gordon Russell and Heals, mainly designing domestic living and dining room furniture.

His work for Beaver and Tapley included a very successful range of wall hung storage units. The Tapley SL group had a unique selling feature - each unit was supplied with a wall fixing batten with an integral spirit level! In 1967 Bob was commissioned by Cunard to design a dining chair for the QE2.

The innovative design he conceived employed new technology in the use of adhesives in the bonding together of aluminium castings. The chair was made by the Ernest Race Company. He was also well respected for his work as a product designer, which included lighting for Concord Lighting, Rotaflex, GEC and Technolyte, cutlery for Yote and clocks for Smiths Industry.

His timeless designs remain classics of the period. A highly talented and modest man, he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1963, and some years later he was appointed Professor of the School of Furniture at the Royal College of Art - 1974 - 1985 He received the CBE in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Designer and for his work for British Industry for over 50 years.

Adapted from a letter by Ray Leigh - Former Chairman, Gordon Russell Ltd

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