The idiosyncratic Regency architect Sir John Soane continues to inspire. Toby Worthington, who has occasionally contributed comments to this blog, has allowed me to show these images of his own library. He created it out of an enclosed porch at his mid-nineteenth-century Gothick cottage in upstate New York.
The elliptical arch is an echo of the arches in the Wimpole Book Room.
The Pompeian red and the use of convex mirrors are further Soane touches, much in evidence in the Lincoln’s Inn Fields house.
Toby achieved the typically Soaneian bead mouldings by using small wooden balls which were individually glued into place.
Now as for Toby’s next project, how about a version of Soane’s smart and compact Wimpole plunge bath?