The Westbourne teak sideboard by White + Newton was designed by the as yet little known Philip Hussey . There are definite Danish influences to it’s lovely clean lines , and it has similarities to a model designed by Arne Hovmand Olsen for Mogens Kold .
We have the original catalogue from c 1970 where it was described as ” in teak finish , clean and finely proportioned with extensive use of solid teak ” . It was designed in the late 1960s , and this one dates to c 1972 . It has it’s original lift-out melamine small drinks tray .
This model is in our top 10 favourites of pieces of British teak from the 1960s . White + Newton of Portsmouth employed around 300 people c 1970 , and were a medium sized maker of contemporary pieces of a quality equivalent to that of G Plan and McIntosh . We rate their sideboards as being much more stylish and individual than their competitors at this time .
This piece is probably in the best vintage condition we’ve ever seen for a sideboard , and as we buy and sell around 200 a year that’s quite something to say ! We bought it directly from the daughter of the very careful original owner , and it even had it’s original shop label and Design Council label . There are no marks to the top or sides or front , no unequal fading where pieces have stood for years . We have to do a very small repair to the right hand door to make it close properly , but otherwise its as near original showroom condition as you’ll see .
White + Newton used a particularly high varnished finish which protects the surfaces well . Less than 2 weeks after buying this one we bought the same model which had seen a much rougher life , which will need to be cleaned and re-polished . We’re going to be writing a blog about the 2 in the next week or two . Unfortunately when pieces left their original homes in the late 80s to early 2000s they were no longer the height of fashion and many ended up in cheap furnished rentals where students and other tenants were not at all careful about how they treated pieces !
Many people on Ebay and elsewhere often call this model a Petersfield or think it’s a later variation of that model . The original rare White + Newton catalogue which we now have in our archive shows that it is actually a Westbourne , which was confirmed on meeting the designer in 2016 .
Dimensions: 217cms long , 44 deep , 70 high