Furniture
Augustus Brandt
A thriving antiques and modern design business with a bespoke furniture collection, lifestyle shop and gallery space

The market town of Petworth has long been known as the antiques centre of the south. It was on a visit here in 2004 that Nicola Jones discovered Augustus Brandt and soon became a regular customer. Four years later, after purchasing a Georgian townhouse nearby, she was invited to buy into the business and, in 2014, took full control. ‘The internet age has brought enormous changes to the antiques business and when I took over I decided to diversify by introducing modern and contemporary furniture and expanding the bespoke range beyond the tables and chairs already crafted,’ explains Nicola. The company is now located in her restored 18th-century townhouse and an adjacent coach house. ‘The juxtaposition of Georgian gilt mirrors with 21st-century oak tables of outsize proportions has proved very popular and the business has grown tenfold since 2014, with sales online across the world.’

 

This growth includes a lifestyle shop in the town’s Market Square, selling luxury brands such as Linley, William Yeoward and Cire Trudon, plus an art gallery that showcases contemporary photography by the likes of Bruce Rae, Peter Thuring, Andrew Holligan, Brian Griffin, Amanda Lockhart and Alison Jackson. Last autumn, Augustus Brandt held the largest ever exhibition of work by sculptor Philip Jackson (famous for his RAF Bomber Command Memorial in St James Park), who lives in West Sussex. ‘His splendid and monumental figures, inspired by Venice, were shown dramatically in our Georgian interior, surrounded by Continental mirrors, furniture and chandeliers,’ says Nicola.

A client had set their heart on an eighteenth century Gustavian dining table that wouldn’t fit through their front door. So we designed a bespoke version in our workshop

 

Forthcoming exhibitions in 2019 include solo shows for collage andphotographic artist Kara Bieber, and a retrospective of Formula One photographer, Jon Nicholson. The bespoke collection comprises 30 designs, from an oak Pugin range to two-tone Deco-inspired armchairs, which can be adapted on request. ‘Recently, a client had set their heart on an 18th-century Gustavian circular dining table for a narrow Chelsea townhouse but it wouldn’t fit through the front door,’ recalls Nicola. ‘We designed a bespoke version in our workshop, breaking it down into a number of elements so it would fit through the narrow entrance and tight staircase. We called it the Stockholm table and added it to our core bespoke range.’ The team has also worked on several interior design projects, including urban residential apartments, hotels and traditional country houses. An ongoing project at Arlington House in Mayfair led to the creation of a new line of bespoke tables and lamps, made of macassar with maple detailing.

 

Augustus Brandt also regularly stocks the work of artists, makers and designers, such as Rugs of Petworth, contemporary Brazilian furniture maker Casa Botelho and Frith & Mort, a collaboration between artist Michael Frith and designer Jenny Mort that saw Michael’s elegant horse paintings transposed onto Jenny’s clothing. ‘The common denominator in all that we sell is simply good quality and design,’ says Nicola. ‘Period pieces can be juxtaposed with modern works as long as the inherent design is honest and the finish immaculate.’

 

Augustus Brandt Newlands House Pound Street Petworth GU28 0DX +44 (0)1798 344722

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