Putting the boot in
Bruce Hodgson of Artichoke has created this boot room in a Queen Anne house in the Cotswolds for a sporting family
Arabella Youens reveals how to have a brilliant bootroom
Known for its kitchens and domestic rooms, the Somerset-based firm of Artichoke was founded 26 years ago with the aim of bridging the void between architects, interior designers and specialist joiners.
The members of the 25-strong team have deep, specialist knowledge of authentic period joinery and architecture detailing. Everything is designed in-house and the company works on projects all over the UK as well as overseas.
As they have three children—and their associated paraphernalia, ranging from sports kit and winter and wet-weather gear—the clients’ brief detailed that each child should have a specified space in which to put away their things. Apothecary-style drawers are deliberately long and deep and the glazed cabinets open up and fold back into themselves to ensure passage through the room is clear.
To add yet more storage space, Mr Hodgson, Artichoke’s founder and Creative Director, came up with the peninsular as a solution: it offers somewhere to sit down—an important consideration in any boot room —as well as being a spacious shoe and boot store. The central stick box has a removable zinc tray at the bottom to catch excess water.
A secure gun cupboard is located behind the tall painted doors beyond the staircase and the runners on the bottom drawers are heavy duty so as to accommodate the weight of shotgun cartridges. Arabella Youens Artichoke (01934 745270; www. artichoke-ltd.com)