Normanby Hall | Kate Noakes – Artist in the hall (subtitles)

Table for an Unknown Embroiderer, by Kate Noakes.

To accompany The International Country House exhibition, artist Kate Noakes has up-cycled this 19th century Pembroke tea table. She has taken inspiration from the embroidery on the fire screen in front of the fireplace.

Kate has used a technique that she developed using inspiration from Japanese and French inlaid lacquered furniture, which is usually made with brass. Kate has used black gesso for the base and inlaid the design with silver brushed metal. The colour of the metal complements the dress worn by the Duchess of Buckingham in the Kneller portrait to your right. It is also a nod to many of the Chinese tea caddies inlaid with mother of pearl that would have been in a country house like Normanby Hall. The design on the legs is inspired by the brass inlay on the circular table in this room, as well as other furniture throughout the hall.

The design is versatile, changing the look of the table when the leaves are up or down.

Kate Noakes is a designer/maker based in Suffolk. She creates beautifully made one-off bespoke pieces by veneering and redesigning existing furniture. She has worked extensively with interior designers and private clients in Europe and America. Her furniture has featured in many UK and European interior magazines including ‘Elle Decoration’ and ‘Homes and Gardens’ and is represented in public and private collections.

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