Case Studies

Aryma undertakes a uniquely diverse range of individual commissions, including one-off furniture pieces, musical instruments and decorative objects.
The bespoke nature of the work makes it possible to incorporate symbols, motifs, initials and illustrations that are highly personal to the client.

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Trompe L’Oeil Cabinet

Commissioned by a British couple, the Cabinet was over two years in the making and involved three specialist British workshops.

The cabinet’s marquetry is rich with personal significance: each object depicts an occasion, a person or a shared interest. One of these is a love of puzzles, a number of which are illustrated throughout the piece; the Cabinet itself is designed as a puzzle with concealed locking mechanisms, secret drawers and hidden messages.

The first time the couple saw the finished cabinet was on the occasion of a Royal visit to Aryma by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The marquetry was designed and made by Aryma’s Master Marquetry Artist Anne Harrison; the main cabinetry work was by David Macdonald and Mathew Belham of Laurence Macintosh; and Charles Manners of Manners & Co. devised and made the numerous concealed locking mechanisms and secret drawers.


Chelsea Flower Table

The Chelsea Flower Table is an example of highly decorative floral marquetry that was exhibited at the Celebration of Craftsmanship. Made up of over 7000 individual pieces in 70 different veneers the marquetry was a labour of love taking nine months to complete.

The concept is of a pagoda surrounded by trellises in a walled garden with flower and herb beds visited by butterflies and ladybirds. The butterflies depicted are all British species; Comma, Swallowtail, Peacock, Small Copper, Large Blue, Brown Hairstreak, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell and Camberwell Beauty.


Working closely with Alfred Dunhill, Aryma created the highly detailed marquetry for the Dunhill Shackleton Whisky Cabinet.  This showpiece honours the celebrated British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition to the South Pole in 1907.  The marquetry map shows the Antarctic and the Ross Ice Shelf where Shackleton’s hut was located. Included within the impeccably crafted oak cabinet were thee commemorative bottles of whisky, blended to match Shackleton’s own – the original was stored beneath his hut and only recently unearthed in snow almost 100 years later.


Bösendorfer is unique amongst piano manufacturers, with  unrivalled status in European culture. The quality of a Bösendorfer piano is so highly regarded that it has long been the instrument of choice for many of the world’s greatest composers, concert pianists and opera houses. Working collaboratively with Bösendorfer, Aryma designs and create elaborate marquetry which balances a fresh contemporary feel with the heritage of Bösendorfer’s Viennese roots.

View more details of the new Schoenbrunn piano here.