Mr Tulip and I are in the Costwolds for a week, staying at Park Farm holiday cottages, near Stow on the Wold. The bedroom in the cottage contains this truly magnificent 1930s double wardrobe.
|Lots of 1930s goodness
The label inside states that it was made by Compactom Ltd, 143 Regent Street, London, telephone Regent 1028.
|Patents and registered designs to spare
The doors have simple handles of some sort of plastic, and are decorated with burr walnut veneer panels, now slightly cracked in places, set into frames of another figured wood.
|Sleek deco door knob
The veneer detailing carries on to the inside of the doors, each of which has two diamond-shaped panels.
|One of the veneer panels inside
The right hand wardrobe is a fairly normal wardrobe, with a mirror on one door and two racks for clothes hangers, albeit racks on a sliding mechanism so that they can be pulled forward.
|One of the hanger racks pulled forward
|The Compactom name appears here as well
Clearly the 1930s man-about-town had a wide selection of ties.
|Not one but two drop-down tie racks
It is the left hand section however which sets the Compactom apart from other wardrobes.
So much storage! And all with handy glass panels so that you can see exactly what's in there.
As if the little windows on each cupboard and shelf weren't enough, there are labels to tell you exactly what is (or should be) in each section.
|A shelf for dress shirts
|A drawer for collars
|Yet more collars, and handkerchiefs
Unfortunately however this section, with its layers of horizontal hinged leaves, is not labelled. I am mystified as to what might be stored in here, and even though it appears to be a man's wardrobe, Mr Tulip can offer no suggestions either.
Even the space in the base of the Compactom is not wasted. On the right, it is part of the wardrobe.
|Shoe racks in the wardrobe base
While on the left . . .
|The indentations provide a clue
|Yet more drawer space
Finally, each wardrobe has this little metal bowl attached to the top. Presumably it could be filled with something to keep the wardrobe's contents smelling fresh.
|Keeping your clothes (and collars) sweet-smelling
As you may just have guessed, I love this. I like to think of it as designed for a 1930s block of flats, the very height of modernity. Presumably the idea was that all the storage requirements of an up-to-the-minute chap could be met in this single item, hence the name "Compactom".