1960s Austinsuite teak chests designed by Frank Guille
Amazingly we managed to source both of these lovely tall chests of drawers within a couple of hours of each other ! It’s not a model and size that usually become available very often .
We like the simple rosewood detailing to the drawer handles as they give a lovely contrast to the teak veneers used on the carcase and drawer fronts . Also they’re larger than most chests of drawers that you’ll find from the 1960s when they were made by Austinsuite of London . Austinsuite were a large maker who concentrated more on bedroom furniture than other larger makers . Although they did produce some teak dining furniture you don’t see that much compared to G Plan and McIntosh .
Frank Guille was first known for his kitchen cabinets and other designs for Kandya which date from the late 1950s and are extremely stylish . At some point c 1960 he must have joined the successful firm of Austinsuite for whom he designed some really nice understated pieces like these ones , often with rosewood detailing to give them a lift .
Both of these came with quite a high gloss finish which had worn a little and had a few marks to the tops and fronts . Our in-house restorer has removed this and given them an oiled finish which with a little care and use of a non-silicon beeswax spray should last for many a year . As the sides were fine , he’s just given them a wipe over with the beeswax spray we recommend . If you look at original catalogues , which we collect , they all say not to use any of the standard furniture sprays but over the years people forget and they do gradually affect the original finish particularly on tops and fronts .
At 124cms tall 64cms wide and 42cms deep they will give plenty of storage space .