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Simon Spencer’s design for a returned cornice to the chimney breast with dentil, deep facia, bead and patrea over the  fluted pilasters of the  built in book case.


This shows how, in Simon Spencer’s design, the upper corner book case and the lower cupboards are fitted to the wall and over the skirting where the room skirting is much higher and deeper than the bookcase skirting; how the fluted upper pilasters land on detailed base moulding; the lower pilasters are rebated; where the pilasters lie in the return cupboard corner and recessed central door panels with surrounding bead and central fielded panel.


This is showing the design for filing drawers and the desk drawers which makes this a home office and working desk below the built in book case of this library.

Filing drawers inside the cupboard, side drawers with face panelling, pencil drawer over the kneehole, kneehole back panel to conceal electrical points (if and as required), fluted upper  pilasters and rebated lower cupboard pilasters.


Mantle shelf cuts into the pilaster because it overran the chimney breast. The cornice returns to the wall at the chimney breast below the existing room cornice with up-lighters on the book case top.  The upper pilasters and the facia were a simple rebate with corner bead moulding on a base pediment moulding. 

When the mantle shelf extends beyond the brickwork, Simon Spencer has to make special allowance in his design for it’s construction to accommodate this.  Here he has done so in these book shelf pilasters where they were fluted and rebated with bead.


The style of the cornice and facia of this book case top is very simple and finishes cleanly against the chimney breast return.


Traditional cornice with dentil, patrea, and beaded facia over fluted pilasters showing the recessed shelf pins to the book shelves in the book case.


This mantle shelf over-ran the chimney breast by a long way and so the upper pilasters had to be designed to be specially prepared to allow the flutes to stop short but the pilaster still stood on a base moulding.  Below the rebated lower pilasters are shown.

Here Simon Spencer’s design shows a more traditional classic cornice with double return falling onto the wall behind where the side panel works to the upper book shelf section can clearly be seen.


Simon Spencer illustrates in these images his designs for book shelves floating on the wall which are balanced but not quite symmetrically spaced. Above and below he shows a detail of the corners and how they are finished and the very plain design that Simon Spencer has carried throughout.  Simon Spencer has also used traditional drawn brass butts (hinges) which are much as they were designed in the 18th Century and which are still going strong 250 yrs later!  That is why he likes to have them in his designs and for the manufacturer to use them if they are acceptable.

Above is the CD cupboard open to show them on the shelves inside and below the cupboard is closed with the built in floating bookshelves to either side.


These are examples of Simon Spencer’s minimalist design style where the display shelves float on the walls and the doors are finished plain, flush panelled, but still with old fashioned standard brass hinges.

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