Todd Knights: elegant bespoke finials

Curtain poles finished with a flourish, from florals to Venetians

With the air of a romantic hero, Todd 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. Headed by South African-born Darren Knights (Todd is his middle name), the company produces all its contemporary-classic takes on natural themes in England, with individually designed orders representing about 70 per cent of the business.

The finials (from £47) are largely interpretations of archival flora and fauna (second and third pictures). One recent example was a gilded shell version for the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados (reflecting the resort’s motif). For a private client in Wimbledon, Knights made textured ball- and decorative-urn-shaped finials for curtains throughout the house. Meanwhile, at Henbury Hall, a country house in Cheshire, the owners wanted to recreate a number of 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 (fourth picture) and decorate the estate’s gardens.

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Other requests have included customers asking for their finials to resemble their dogs. “We can do it all,” says Knights.

Initial drawings are approved by the client, then hand-sculpted in clay, and the maquette used to create a mould for the finials. These are cast in resin and delivered approximately six weeks later.

Commissions have often also led to requests for matching curtain poles (from £47), which Todd Knights can create in a number of finishes, from hand-stitched leather to über-contemporary Perspex (fifth picture).

A lighting line is in the works, too. “My desk is just covered in drawings, ready for the next stage,” says Knights happily.

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