Patrick Williams grew up assisting his parents with the restoration of an 18th century farmhouse in southwest France, a project that extended for 20 years. His wife, Neri Kamcili, was raised in Istanbul in a family with their own “home-building antics.” The two now run Berdoulat, a design firm specializing in the revival and preservation of historic buildings. The couple are well situated for the task: they live in Bath, England, a World Heritage Cultural Site, where they are bringing up their two daughters amid sawdust and lime plaster.
Back in 2015, when the young family settled full time in Bath, they opened a B&B in a 1748 townhouse: see Berdoulat & Breakfast. They lived in these quarters and ran the business temporarily while working on an ambitious series of other projects. One of those, their own store, has recently opened after their exacting resuscitation of a linked trio of Georgian, Regency, and Victorian buildings that were once home to Bath’s answer to Fortum & Mason. A few months ago, we spotlighted Berdoulat’s conversion of a garage in the complex into an Artful Muse House with a Great-Looking Kitchen. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the new emporium’s most memorable offerings. Join us for a look.
The Cook’s Table, shown here, is fabricated to order in various finishes in “any size you like (within reason).” It has an oiled oak top, drawers customized with dividers, and porcelain electrical sockets. Hanging on the wall behind it is the Berdoulat Glasses Dresser “inspired by the fretwork bases of George III dressers.”
Go to Berdoulat’s About section to read about some of the makers they work with.
Here’s a look at one of Berdoulat’s early projects: