Five outstanding bespoke finishing touches for doors, ceilings and walls

Extraordinary final flourishes from master craftsmen to add drama and finesse to the home

Todd Knights bespoke finials are largely interpretations of archival flora and fauna
Todd Knights bespoke finials are largely interpretations of archival flora and fauna

Todd Knights: finials With the air of a romantic hero, Todd Knights – headed by South African-born Darren Knights – comes to the rescue of a different sort of damsel (or gent) in distress: those in need of bespoke finials to top off their curtain poles. The finials (from £47) are largely interpretations of archival flora and fauna. One example was a gilded shell version for the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados (reflecting the resort’s motif); another saw the owners of Henbury Hall, a country house in Cheshire, recreate design elements from their Venetian home. The resulting large-scale finials – mounted on red and white barber-shop-style poles – were hand-painted in blue and gold leaf and decorate the estate’s gardens. Studio E001, Parkhall Estate, 62 Tritton Road, London SE21 (020-8766 6006; toddknights.com). JENNY DALTON

Philip Watts cast-aluminium Branch door handle, from £735
Philip Watts cast-aluminium Branch door handle, from £735
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Philip Watts: door handles This “hand-crafted jewellery for doors” stops visitors in their tracks. The humdrum door handle takes on a whole new aesthetic dimension with these sensual, elegant forms cast in bronze, brass and silver aluminium. One of Watts’ most successful designs, a sinuous 2m brushed-satin handle (from £667.50), is named Littlejohn, as his metal foundry and workshop are based in Nottingham. Ian McKellen ordered a silver-finished pair of these for his London residence, possibly in reference to his role as Gandalf in The Lord of the RingsUnit 1.19, Second Floor Courtyard, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 (020-7928 2463; philipwattsdesign.com). JEAN GROGAN

Carvers & Gilders sunburst ceiling rose
Carvers & Gilders sunburst ceiling rose
Stephen Antonson Alexander chandelier
Stephen Antonson Alexander chandelier

Carvers & Gilders: mirrors, ceiling and door panels “We love creating new applications for the woodcarving and gilding ­– evolving the design process with new ideas for specific spaces,” says Christine Palmer, director and co-founder of London-based Carvers & Gilders. Sculptural wall appliqués look sensational in contemporary interiors, for example, as do decoratively carved door panels. And the company will also tackle any size or complexity of mirror frame or screen/room-divider. Working with her small team, Palmer creates both practical and purely decorative pieces. Commissions have included a carved limewood over-mantel sculpture shaped like a sweeping curtain (similar designs around £5,000) and wardrobe doors decorated with an appliqué of carved bamboo branches (from £2,000 per panel). A gilded, carved pine “sunburst” ceiling rose, designed to encircle an existing fitting, was commissioned for a period house decorated in a contemporary style (similar designs around £3,800). Unit 44, Spaces Business Centre, Ingate Place, London SW8 (020-7498 5070; carversandgilders.com). NICOLE SWENGLEY

Kitchen splashback mirror panels on Georgian drawn glass by Dominic Schuster
Kitchen splashback mirror panels on Georgian drawn glass by Dominic Schuster
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Stephen Antonson: bespoke plasterwork With a roster of discerning private clients and designers that includes Daniel Romualdez, Robert Couturier, Michael Smith and David Collins StudioBrooklyn-based bespoke plaster artist Stephen Antonson is much in demand. A specialist in lighting and furniture, he is noted for his bold use of this simple material, whether 4m chandeliers or geometric Morandi sconces (single, $3,380; double, $4,160). “The possibilities with plaster are almost limitless,” says Antonson, who has created entire rooms from the material, such as an entryway for designer David Mann that included walls, shelving, a mirror and ceiling covered in seashells. “There is this misconception that plaster is fragile,” he says, “but it can withstand weight as well as spills, and can be extremely elegant. It may be a humble material, but it’s one that really lets you see the hand of an artisan.” stephenantonson.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Dominic Schuster: antiqued mirrors Unlike harsh, modern reflective glass, Schuster’s antiqued mirror glass is peppered with speckles and softened by foxing – just like old silver- or mercury-backed mirrors. Interior designers and homeowners now beat a path to his by-appointment studio to see the magical effects and respond with imaginative commissions. One client wanted every inch of kitchen wall space in a Kensington property covered with heavily antiqued mirror glass – even behind the hob, sink and above the door; another wanted an antiqued mirror-glass bath panel and a tall wall panel installed behind the shower. He has also turned a downstairs cloakroom in a Hampstead house into a glittering jewel box in which the ceiling and walls are covered with verre églomisé (glass backed by silver leaf). Prices start from £430 per sq m, plus installation. Unit 3, Robin Hood Works, Robin Hood Road, Knaphill, Surrey GU21 2LX(020-8874 0762; dominic-schuster.com). NICOLE SWENGLEY

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