My latest project has been to design and build a jewelry armoire for a client. The idea was to create something very functional, elegant, and with sophistication while balancing the fine line between modern, craftsman, and art deco. For the critical design considerations, this box should be approximately chest height so as to meet face level with the mirror, hold 100 necklaces, and have room for about 150 individual pieces and have a ring roll.
I included in the design 6 drawers with solid wood separators. I wanted to highlight various natural woods and used curly maple for the legs and top. The sides of the box utilize knife hinges for strength with the bonus of them being more or less hidden.
I chose to use various veneers for the project – walnut burl and straight walnut, quilted sapele, curly maple, etimoe, and birdseye maple. part of the design was to use the contrast from these woods to make statements. Looking from the top down, you should basically seed the dark woods of the walnut burl and in the center the quilted sapele framed by the very light curly maple. From the front, you see the contrast of light on top, bottom, and sides with a dark center chest of drawers.