Every CARPENTE project incorporates countless elements of architectural design, engineering excellence, bespoke lighting, product design, specially conceived furniture, and interior detailing. This section of the website offers a chance to shine a light on some of the projects-within-projects we’re most proud of, and which highlight our commitment to working with the most talented craftspeople to bring our concepts to life without compromise.

01Surrey Manor Chandelier

As part of its all-encompassing design scheme for Surrey Manor, CARPENTE designed a spectacular chandelier for the dining room to hang above a bespoke Brazilian Azul Macaubas quartzite table, allowing the crystal grains of the table top to softly sparkle and shine. It took two years from the initial concept to get to prototyping and define the size of the laser-cut, brass tubes and develop an algorithm to determine the perfect organisation of three different lengths of tubes so that the completed arrangement felt organic rather than contrived. Careful contemplation of the finish (both inside and out) of the brass tubes and the lighting elements within was vital to ensure the chandelier was striking yet elegant and that it delivered a magical, candlelit atmosphere.

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02Kensington Mansions Staircases

CARPENTE designed two unique staircases for the Kensington Mansions project that saw us conjoin two flats on the fifth and sixth floors of a Victorian mansion block. The main staircase that joins the two floors together is a spiral staircase that twists down to a point, reminiscent of a ballerina en pointe. We made this possible with clever engineering that enabled the weight of the staircase to be suspended from above due to the constraints of the wooden floor of the lower level of the property. We also designed a second, playful staircase with integrated lighting to lead up to a mezzanine conceived as a hideaway space for the family’s children to enjoy.

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03Saanen Lodge Staircase

The four floors of Saanen Lodge are all connected by the cantilevered steps of the staircase that leads from the basement up to the top floor, where a large roof window enables light to filter downwards. CARPENTE worked closely with the local millworks that selected and supplied the wood, and a carpenter onsite who realised our design with masterful accuracy and engineering. A 20cm deep double wall at the back of the staircase allows for integrated lighting behind evenly spaced wood batons which provide a sense of unbroken continuity all the way up. Rather than simply performing a function, the staircase provides a striking focal point on each floor, taking on the appearance of an abstract artwork.

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04The Boltons Glass Staircase

It was a case of fourth time lucky when we found a manufacturer that could comprehend the stunning staircase we conceived for The Boltons project. The staircase was an extremely complex design realised in polished steel and triple-ply glass with no visible welding or fixings. Part of the complexity also came from the fact that the staircase doesn’t touch the wall behind it and is supported only from the bottom and the top with just two unseen horizontal supports to prevent movement at the corners of two landings. The back wall of the staircase sports a shimmering sequin-like surface that matches the one-of-a-kind chandelier we designed to hang above the bespoke glass dining table.

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05Christian Lacroix Furniture Modules

Our design scheme for fashion designer Christian Lacroix’s flagship store in Tokyo revolved around a fully flexible concept. The store could be configured in a vast number of ways thanks to several movable glass furniture modules and a grid of floor fixings. This system allowed for a new articulation of the store layout with the introduction of each collection. Lacroix worked with us to select the Pantone of each modular item. When manufactured, the glass furniture was extremely heavy, so a specially adapted hand pallet truck was supplied with the shop fit-out so staff could move them as required. 

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06De Beers Display Cases

CARPENTE worked on De Beers’ flagship Old Bond Street interior project during Covid’s lockdown period. The vitrines we designed to be mounted around a circular column were being prototyped by one of our trusted suppliers in China; the column cladding was made by a local UK manufacturer; and the structure behind the cladding, to which the vitrines would be securely attached, was being produced by a millworker in Italy. There was a lot of complex geometry to coordinate, and under normal circumstances, there would be an opportunity to visit factories during this process to discuss and make adjustments. In the absence of face-to-face factory visits, we trusted our complex design drawings and the expertise of our chosen suppliers – who all delivered our vision perfectly for problem-free installation.

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