Omega Workshops style - 'Adam & Eve' bookcases, display units or dressers

New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit or dresser

This is a striking piece of art furniture, the bookcase while very practical & offering plenty of storage, is essentially a backdrop for the hand painted designs. The rich warm colours would make a striking feature in any interior. This 4 door bookcase design was inspired by an early Omega Workshops sketch design by Vanessa Bell c.1913, with a typical Bloomsbury style. The 'Adam and Eve' original was very sketchy and washy and done quickly, as Vanessa was just working out the overall design and colours. The bookcase sticks to the style of the original rather than trying to produce a more professional finished looking piece - thats not what this style is about.

There was quite a bit of colour testing and 3 different sample boards produced till the client was satisfied this could proceed. The 'Adam' sample board was close to the original look, while the latter 2 sample boards were darker & deeper colours, as the client wanted to match some of the colours with their interior colour scheme.

The bookcase has tongue & groove back and side panels, but these could be smooth if preferred. The top is shown as a painted top, but could also be stone (marble, granite, Quartz, etc), or wood. We can also supply this as a sideboard only, which we've shown in the sideboards section. The bookcase, although shown as a 4 door version, could probably at a squeeze be made as a 3 door without losing the original proportions. We could also produce this as 2 x 2 door bookcases, to be used for example either side of a chimney breast. We could potentiall do this as a L shaped corner bookcase. It could also be built-in if you prefer that. Generally fitted inside with 1-2 shelves. It could also have top drawers, but these would detract a bit from the design. It is made to order, so you can change the colours, and proportions to your preference, within reason due to the front design.

Rather than follow the example of the original artists, in Omega & Bloomsbury, and decorate secondhand pieces of found furniture, we design & produce pieces from new with the designs planned from the start to create unified pieces. Below we've shown several design and colour options to give you some ideas of how you can vary these. This would be made bespoke to order, so we don't discuss sizes or quotes until we have agreed a spec. with a customer.

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New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit, dresser or room divider New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit, dresser or room divider
New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit, dresser or room divider

This version of the bookcase is the most straight forward to produce with an open top with no back panel. This could be used as room divider, used for displaying art objects from either side. The right hand version shows a stained wooden cornice & plinth rather painted ones. The bottom version takes this a step further by adding a front frame, which looks better for it. The front frame can then be painted in a typical Bloomsbury style border pattern to enhance the overall look.


More colour & design variations;
New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit or dresser New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit or dresser
New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit, dresser or room divider New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door bookcase display unit, dresser or room divider
New Omega Workshops Bloomsbury Group style decoratively hand painted Adam & Eve design freestanding 4 door media center TV unit

The above designs show some more options to consider. These are just to give you ideas of how such pieces can be varied as you want. The top 2 designs shows different colour cornice & plinths, and these trims give different looks, but they could also tie in with some of your room colours. The middle 2 designs show the addition of top glazed doors for different effect. They obviously add to the cost overall. The bottom design shows this piece used as a media centre, a modern piece of furniture but retaining the Bloomsbury style. The Omega & Bloomsbury artists were usually painting cheaper traditional furniture they found, so we showed these bookcases with more traditional looking tongue & groove back & side panels. But feel free to ask for smooth face back & side panels, easier and cheaper as well.


Sideboard version of the bookcase:
new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' design 4 door sideboard with Carrara honed marble worktop new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' design 4 door sideboard
new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' design 4 door sideboard new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' design 4 door sideboard with limestone worktop
new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' design 4 door sideboard

The painting process:
new Adam & Eve drawings full size for the doors new Omega Workshops style painted 'Adam & Eve' 4 door sideboard colour testing
Interior designer's colour swatches to match to for the final painting new Adam sample board design being built up
new 2nd pair of Eve sample boards colours being built up, showing the differences in finish The finished Adam sample board
2nd sample board with one of the Eve finished versions 2nd sample board with one of the Eve finished versions

You might find a brief outline of the artistic process useful, showing how designs translate onto pieces of furniture. To begin with we made up sample boards x2, one for us & one for the customer. This is the slowest part of the painting job, as the artist will mix several variations of the colours to arrive at the best mix for each. So above you can see some of the initial colour test sheets. Then as the sample board was painted the colours are painted in the squares to the side, as reference for when we come to paint the actual doors. The Adam sample board was painted first, and was the closest to the original design. But the interior designer asked for a 2nd sample board, and supplied some colour swatches to use as these match the colour scheme in the room, visually tieing the finished sideboard to the room scheme. So we produced 2 variant 2nd sample boards, one a bit deeper colours than the other, for approval.

A computer illustration is made to the exact size of the finished doors, even allowing for the small door gaps. The designs are transferred to the doors. Once done the painting begins, one colour at a time, one door at a time. It is a time consuming job as well as requiring artistic skill, and this is reflected in the price - such pieces are not cheap. We'll add more photos as the design is built up, then show the finished sideboard.


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