A Splurge-Worthy Treasure Chest
Award-winning London designer Bethan Gray finds inspiration in cultural narrative and nature
From a cunning velvet seashell of a chair for Anthropologie to an opulent blown-glass bottle for a rare Glenlivet scotch, award-winning London designer Bethan Gray finds inspiration in cultural narrative and nature. “I believe in storytelling through craft and design,” says Gray, who patterned the shimmering furniture in her new bedroom collection after the arched crenellations atop Oman’s 17th-century Nizwa Fort, translating sunlight’s play on the repeating curves into hand-colored ombré shade-staining. While equally nodding to ancient architectural roots and on-trend with highly stylized Art Deco revival, this three-drawer chest’s dusky-green Italian maple marquetry set in rolling hills of brass evokes cool mountain nights amid whispering firs. Handmade to order in collaboration with master craftsman Mohammad Reza Shamsian using centuries-old Omani techniques. Nizwa chest of drawers, shown in Jade, 44” l x 20”d x 37.7” h, from $10,600.