An insight into the incredible collection of special materials available for customized mantel projects
Lulu Muir – Customized & Custom Manager
Lulu has worked at Chesney’s since 2nd January 2001 so just over 16 years. She previously managed a US law firm’s office based in the New Lloyds Building in the City of London. Lulu sourced property for them and had a free rein with all their interior design which has always been an interest of hers.
Favourite thing about working at Chesney’s: The variety and the constant regenerating of ideas that keep the company one step ahead of trends. We have some fantastic young people that have joined the company in the last few years which again injects new life into Chesney’s for the future.
Favourite food – I’m a foodie so it changes all the time. Sushi, Oysters, most things with black and white truffles and lots of green vegetables!
Over the past 25 years Chesney’s has established itself as the UK’s leading supplier of luxury mantels and wood burning stoves. The company’s success has been based on a passionate commitment to good design, intelligent engineering, craftsmanship, innovation and outstanding service.
Chesney’s has re-visited the eighteenth century practice of sourcing rare and beautiful materials for use in the design of mantels. The use of such precious marbles results in entirely unique designs that have a dramatic impact on any room. From lilac and peach to an exotic “Tiger Skin”, the stunning veining found in each marble occurs entirely naturally. This means that the prized quarried marble will never produce the same results for each mantel that is made from it.
The Manhattan fire surround in Lilac, POA
The more unusual the material, the more striking and memorable they are as an addition to any room. For this reason, the pairing of the marble with a simpler more contemporary style allows the colors and patterns to take center stage. The soft curves and simple architectural form of the Bolection is the ideal vehicle for the vibrantly colored and strongly figured French Breche de Vendome marble. Chesney’s can use these beautiful materials on many of the mantel designs already in their standard range. They also provide the opportunity to commission entirely customized designs.
The Kent bolection fire surround in Breche de Vendome, POA
“There is currently a strong trend for unusual materials in mantels for example unique, veined marbles such as Portoro or Fleur de Peche. Porto is a black marble with a golden thread running through it and Fleur de Peche has a creamy colored background with a stunning peach or violet vein.” Paul Chesney, Managing Director for Chesney’s