Tuesday, 7 June 2011

What's a Barnabus?

Last Friday, Pete Beckley and his wife Jane brought round the piece I'd commissioned for my lovely wife's big 6-0. It's a sort of omnibus, for books and bits and pieces and everything. It's a unique creation (though it does have a posher brother). Ever since we moved in, the kitchen table carried a shoe-rack which held her recipes, at an increasingly precarious angle. Well, it did its job, but was a bit of a blot on the landscape of the refitted kitchen.

Being friends with a rising star of furniture designers, it was obvious, really, wasn't it? Get an early Beckley original! And that's what we now have. None of your boring four-square flat-pack shelves. I didn't want that. This is a work of art, beautifully crafted and pleasing to the eye. And as for practicality - you wouldn't believe the difference it's made. It's very encouraging.... And I see its posh brother is called Barnabas ("son of encouragement"), which was on display at Blenheim, when we were in Blackpool. You can see it on Pixel Furniture's Facebook site, along with others pieces of Pete's work.

The best way to describe ours is with pictures. It's a thing of beauty. (Wasn't that what Keats said about a Grecian urn?)
Our "Barnabus"

Fly's eye view

In context
Now here it is, in operation:
All on board

Even standing room for pens and pencils!

"Craftsman's art..."


  1. "Mum's Recipes" looks a bit dog-eared! She'll be THRILLED!!

  2. "Dog-eared"? I think the word you're looking for is "well-used"!