Every commission we get carries a treasured significance for the owner. Each one is unique and special. This piece, however, is a standout work and was a wonderful project to be involved in. The owner has very discerning taste and requested one of our 3d charts, complete with surround lighting, to be incorporated into a specially commissioned table for their home. We collaborated with William Garvey, a UK based furniture designer of much renown to create a stunning chart table. William Garvey Ltd have over 40 years experience as traditional cabinet makers and work using very exacting skills and standards.

The Milne Bay area of East Papua New Guinea is the focus for the chart. The chart title states that it was surveyed by Captain Owen Stanley of the Royal Navy in 1860. It’s wonderful that the fruit of his labour is now being used in such a contemporary way as a functional piece of artwork. Papua New Guinea is a culturally and geographically rich country. It is known for its coral reefs, volcanoes and tribal villages. The chart features the Milne Bay area which is located in the south east of the country. It is named after Sir Alexander Milne who was a Royal Navy officer. It is a heavily wooded area and the bay has a deep natural harbour. Off-shore are many shoals and islands. The largest of the islands are Sariba, Sideia, Basilaki, Nuakata and the southern section of Normanby. To the east of Normanby Island is the interestingly named Goodenough Bay. The chart is set on a golden background with a black surround. The surround lighting looks superb when illuminated. We are delighted with the finished result of this very accomplished piece of furniture art.


  • Location: Papua New Guinea
  • Chart: Admiralty, UKHO, classic B&W
  • Surround lighting: Yes