Frank Guille designed Austinsuite low teak double chest
Frank Guille is probably best known for his stylish 1950s designs of kitchen cabinets for Kandya , along with his Program kitchen and bar stools . He probably came to the successful large London makers of Austinsuite circa 1960 . Austinsuite’s core business was bedroom furniture , and later in the 1960s they were one of the first companies in the UK to promote ranges of fitted wardrobes . They did produce some well made stylish teak dining sets , but in fairly small numbers as they don’t come up for sale that often compared to McIntosh and G Plan .
This double chest started out as a dressing chest , but today it would make a great TV stand or small sideboard as the proportions are perfect for these uses , particularly as sideboard this small are really hard to find as few people bought any under 150cms .
The contrasting use of rosewood veneers to the handles looks really stylish against the teak veneers used on the drawers and carcase . It dates to circa 1962-67 , and is great size at only 125cms wide , 69cms high and 52cms deep . We’ve seen and had more standard chests of this design , but this is the first time we’ve seen this particular size and configuration .
When this one came to us it had a typical 1960s high gloss finish . Unfortunately over the years people forget the original care instructions which say not to use furniture sprays , as gradually they erode the finish particularly on the tops and drawer fronts . We’ve had our restorer remove the varnish from the top and front replacing with a clean matt finish . We recommend that you use natural beeswax non-silicon sprays which will keep pieces like this looking good ,as long as you don’t put hot cups or spill liquids on them , and if you do immediately wipe off all . As the sides were fine we’ve just given them a wipe and a light clean .
SEE OUR BLOG ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR MID-CENTURY TEAK FURNITURE which we’ll be adding to soon .