Freestanding furniture

Not every log basket is shabby chic

A contemporary log box by Bear Interiors, Bath

A contemporary log box designed and built by Bear Interiors

We really love this beautiful storage box designed and built for a customer recently. They needed something sturdy and long-lasting, which worked alongside some of our built-in shelving, in a home which combines traditional with modern. The usual shabby-chic / basketware look just wasn’t right, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find fireside accessories that are anything else.

The interior lining of metallic flooring is fantastically hardwearing but also injects an industrial, practical edge to this robust piece, ready to hold its own (and the logs!) in an elegant contemporary room.

You don’t have to settle for the wrong style just because the right one is hard to find. You can design your very own one-off piece to fill that empty spot exactly, and love it as much as we love this.



Contemporary Georgian? No problem

Contemporary storage for a modern orangery - Bear Interiors, BathWorking with a lovely family locally I’m reminded that houses don’t come with instruction manuals. You have to live in a new space, get to know it and what you want from it to really know what you need.

This family’s beautiful home had a stable block which has been converted to include a master bedroom suite, with a newly-built orangery attached. The stately Georgian proportions mean the furnishings need a certain scale and impact, but with new additions, contemporary has to work alongside period. And the fact that it’s a real-life family home means its needs lots of storage including purpose built media space.

Not a solution your average furniture shop can come up with. Here’s where custom-made furnishings can pay off, and where the investment in interior design time is really worth while – not just a few sketches, but a slow evolution of ideas over weeks and months.

It’s worth spending the time living with an idea, exploring and improving ways to get the final delivery right, and that’s what happened with this family as they were getting to know their extended home afresh.

It’s nice when an idea is spot-on first time, but it rarely works that way. As a client, you have the right to take an idea away and live with it for a while before you come back with refinements that make it perfect – for you.

There’s more about our approach and lots of design ideas at

Wardrobes and desk by Bear Interiors, Bath

Built-in wardrobe space and freestanding bureau desk for master bedroom

Custom made media unit by Bear Interiors, Bath

A freestanding media unit with concealed cable management