About Us

Opening Hours  The Design Gallery is open:
10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-5:30pm Saturday, 1pm-5pm Sunday and Bank Holidays

Our 3000 sq.ft. Second Showroom and Furniture Warehouse at Starborough Farm in Edenbridge is available by appointment 6 days a week. Call us on 01959 561234 or email us: sales@designgallery.co.uk

The Design Gallery was established in October 2002 by John Masters and Chrissie Masters in a beautiful, exclusive gallery in Westerham, Kent, on the Kent/Surrey border. We specialise in progressive design movements from 1850-1950: Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. We also sell a wide range of designer 20th Century vintage jewellery and contemporary silver jewellery by Malcolm Appleby MBE, Britain’s leading Silversmith-Engraver.

Located near London, just outside the M25 between junctions 5 and 6. You can take the train from Victoria Station, London direct to either Oxted, Surrey or from Charing Cross/London Bridge to Sevenoaks, Kent, both of which are 10 minutes by taxi to Westerham.

Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s home (National Trust), Quebec House (NT) and Hever Castle are also nearby. Please see below for Places to Visit in Kent, Surrey and Sussex within 45 minutes’ drive of the gallery or the warehouse.
See www.visitwesterham.org.uk for more information on historic Westerham,

Trained in the Decorative Arts 1850 to 1950 at Sotheby’s Institute, London, John and Chrissie are acknowledged specialists in Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement and Gothic Revival.

John is a former Treasurer to international banks. He was the Honorary Treasurer of the Decorative Arts Society. John has appeared with Eric Knowles (pictured above), Catherine Southon and Jonty Hearnden on BBC television antiques programmes. Chrissie is a well-known magazine editor, having worked on the staff of Cosmopolitan (Health & Beauty Director), Hello! (Beauty Editor), The Times (fashion stylist/correspondent), The Daily Express (fashion stylist). She contributed to Country Living Magazine and has written five books. Two chapters of the book ’20th Century Design’ by Judith Miller were written by Chrissie. She secured sponsorship for a world record-breaking event that raised £1 million for The Royal Marsden Hospital and has produced and contributed to many charity events.

John and Chrissie’s passion for these periods of progressive design has brought them clients from all over the world. The Design Gallery is open 7 days a week. A large furniture warehouse, 15 minutes from the gallery, can be visited by appointment, call 01959 561234 or John mobile: 07785 503044. Email: sales@designgallery.co.uk

PLACES TO VISIT IN KENT, SURREY AND SUSSEX 

Quebec House, Westerham   Childhood home of General James Wolfe, a noted military leader most famous for winning the Battle of the Fields of Abraham against the French in Quebec. A mere five-minute walk from the shop Quebec house offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to the Georgian period and learn about the life of one of Britain’s great military leaders. Arguably the most notable son of Westerham, General Wolfe’s statue can be seen from the shop.

 

Westerham Parish Church, Westerham

An 800 year-old church located a 30 second walk away from The Design Gallery, Westerham Parish Church is a beautiful medieval building with Arts and Crafts significance. A Morris and Co. stained glass window is located at the back of the church. This combined with a range of earlier features, including a interesting wooden spiralled staircase, creates an awe inspiring atmosphere which visitors to Westerham would be remiss to miss out on.

Chartwell, Westerham  The home of the man selected as the greatest Briton of all time in a BBC poll in 2002. Winston Churchill “bought Chartwell for that view” which is an unparalleled view of the Kent Weald. Visitors can explore the house, which is decorated as it was in the 1930s when Churchill was raising his family and see Churchill’s studio in which he painted over 500 canvasses many of which are still at Chartwell. Additionally, there are fantastic walks through “that view” and a café which serves hot food throughout the day.

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Kent   Located in Ide Hill, a ten-minute drive from Westerham, Emmetts Garden has an astonishingly varied and beautiful garden. From the rock garden to the rose garden visitors are delighted by the charming seasonal floral arrangements and landscaping. Many walks can be had through the Kent Weald including a popular circular walk that takes you through the Weald to Chartwell.

Down House, Kent  Visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and the place where he wrote his seminal work On the Origin of Species. Visitors can enjoy a tour with an audio guide from Sir David Attenborough as they look around the gardens that inspired the most important biologist in history. The study is a room of particular note as one can see the place in which the book that created the biggest paradigm shift in scientific history was written.

Chiddingstone, Kent  An historic village that the National Trust owns large portions of and has carried out extensive conservation work in. Chiddingstone is one of the oldest villages in Kent and visitors can see an extraordinary range of Tudor and medieval buildings. Highlights include Chiddingstone Castle, a 400 year-old manor house, and The Castle Inn, a medieval pub first mentioned in 1420 which serves local ales and hot food.

Eltham Palace, Mottingham, near Eltham and Greenwich  Eltham Palace is a must see for anyone interested in Art Deco. Originally a Tudor Palace in which Henry VIII grew up, the Palace was purchased by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1933. The Courtaulds transformed the palace into an Art Deco masterpiece. A unique building, Eltham Palace provides visitors with an unrivalled journey through history via architecture and design.  We exhibit at the popular Art Deco Fair twice a year in the Great Hall, usually held every May and September. Check the gallery and the English Heritage websites for details.

Red House, Bexleyheath  Just up the M25 and the A2 towards London and about 20 minutes’ drive from Eltham Palace, Red House should be a site of pilgrimage for any Arts and Crafts enthusiast. Designed by Philip Webb for William and Janey Morris, Red House is often considered to be the pinnacle of Arts and Crafts design. Those who visit Red House will not be disappointed at the wide array of Morris designed interiors on show as well as Pre-Raphaelite paintings from artists that Morris had a relationship with.

Ightham Mote, Ivy Hatch, near Sevenoaks  Ightham Mote is truly one of this country’s greatest architectural achievements. A moated medieval manor house with a staggering range of design styles reflecting the changing needs of the owners. Acquired by the National Trust in 1985, it has become one of their flagship properties and underwent a 15-year, £10,000,000 restoration project.

Hever Castle, Hever, Kent  Hever Castle is a medieval castle of great historical significance. The oldest parts of the castle were built in 1270 but much of what we see today was built by Geoffrey Boleyn, great-grandfather of Anne Boleyn, in 1462. It is possible that Anne Boleyn was born at the house although this is a matter of some contention. What is certain is that Henry VIII stayed at the house while courting Anne and the house still contains one of his private locks which he took to every house he visited in order to ensure his security.  Around 15 minutes’ drive from both the gallery and the Starborough Farm showroom and warehouse.

Standen, East Grinstead  Standen is a Philip Webb-designed Arts and Crafts house located a short drive away in East Grinstead. Considered to be one of the most important and beautiful Arts and Crafts houses in the country, Standen was built in 1894 and decorated by Morris & Co, arguably the greatest design company of the Arts and Crafts movement. It was one of the first houses to be lit by electricity, with fittings manufactured by William Arthur Smith Benson. A large collection of furniture, metalwork, plus pottery by William de Morgan. There is an extensive garden designed at the same time as the house and visitors can purchase fresh seasonal produce from the kitchen garden.