Solid sycamore and vitreous enameled steel bedroom dresser for The Hon Ralph Palmer and his wife Clarissa of Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill London — now Lord Lucas of Crudwell and Dingwall. (by Mark Lewis, 1983)
Measuring 3.5 metres long and 2.5 meters high, this dresser accommodates underwear and other small items in the side drawers, shirts in the top drawers and woolens in the saddle-bag type drawers with shoe trays in the bottom drawers.
The front profile shapes are in fact the shape of the drawers when they are pulled out.
The piece was commissioned at about the time Ralph and Clarissa were trying for a child and this seemed to influence the designs incorporated into the piece. It is very much about the half circle signifying the female nature and the triangle the male with the mirror frame representing the union of the two.
Coincidentally, the furniture was in fact delivered to the house the day their daughter was born exactly nine months after the design drawing was done.
Rather uncannily the drawing was done late one night!