Private Residence, Devon

Looking at these panels, the first thing you see is the distinctive parquet de Versailles pattern.

These large diagonal squares were first introduced in 1684 in France to replace marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors. It became the standard floor for the formal rooms of French Chateaux in the 17th and 18th century. They were most famously noted at the Palace of Versailles, hence the name.

Focussing on the pattern and ignoring the wood would be doing the floor a huge disservice. It’s the wood that makes this panel so special. The Oak itself has a very distinctive look, most notably in the orange streaks seen within each piece. The sun-bleached wood has a grey, driftwood patina and natural texture.

Each panel includes over 44 hand worked, individual elements and which serves to enhance not only the wood, but the attention to detail and expert craftsmanship required to make them.

This is wood that has already existed for centuries. Woodworks has had the privilege of setting it on a new stage of its journey that will last for decades and hopefully even centuries to come.