A cabinet for restaurant Where The Light Gets In
On the menu, the restaurant champions growing, fermentation and preservation techniques so here we used our own methods of preserving and utilising wood which is not normally suitable for furniture.
We cut end-grain slabs from a Monterey Cypress tree felled in Cheshire and dried them for 2 years before we could use them in this very special cabinet. The doors and drawers fronts are made from one solid slab. We enhanced and stabilised the degraded parts with resin, drawing from our previous knowledge of casting, this time using the method in a more delicate way.
Monterey Cypress. Sycamore. Reclaimed Rosewood. Birch ply. Brass.
“IKEA my arse…” I said.
“My boy gets a good bed.” I said.
Sycamore. Ash. Birch Ply.
Reveal and Intrigue. A playful piece of furniture in which the drawer opens when the lid is lifted - the mechanism is balanced with clock springs and rotational dampers.
Glass drawer bases and glass top evokes a sense of the cabinet and it’s contents becoming one.
English Elm. Burr Oak. Oak. Ash. Glass. Brass. Leather
For this Mayfair office on Upper Brook Street, London we were asked to create an Art Deco inspired boardroom table and accompanying media cabinet. Not to make life easy and to push boundaries once more we opted to make this 4.5m long table from four book-matched planks of highly figured solid English Elm highlighting it with Maple.
In order for this table to stay flat once in-situ we had to selected the timber carefully for moisture content - It had to be dry. The planks had been air dried for 2 years before finishing in the kiln to further bring down the relative humidity in the wood. We had to hand planed one side of each plank flat before we could move on to using machinery. This laborious task has resulted in a very fine table indeed.
The brief “Can you make me a drinks cabinet like I remember my grandmothers to be - Full of mirror and lights, crystal glasses and I can remember opening the doors and thinking to myself… wow!”
With the challenge laid we set to thinking that the outside should be plain and simple with a hint of what lies inside. Upon opening the interior should sparkle and glow, illuminating the feel of a decadent 1930s cocktail cabinet.
We chose English Elm as the feature timber which we cut ourselves into veneer from a tree off the Duke of Buccleuch’s estate.
English Elm. Glass. Steel. MDF. Birch ply. Paint. LED lighting.
For this commission we wanted to create a well lit interior without using electric lights. So we started with a glass top and worked down. Mirror would be the classic Art Deco standard however we wanted something a little softer, so we used real white gold on cracked gesso to create a stunning, warm, reflective surface.
This is a technical piece. We first created a super rigid carbon-fiber door, each door holds 4kg of cut crystal glass, and wrapped it in one continuous piece of 50cm wide shop-sawn English Elm veneer.
Highly commended for ‘Best Use of British Timber Award’ by the Forestry Commission at Cheltenham Craft and Design exhibition.
English Elm. Laburnum. Rippled Sycamore. Deodar. Gold. Glass. Brass. Gesso. Carbon Fiber. Canvas. Leather. Resin. MDF.
Here we made a beautiful side table with drawer. The top is made from a stunning piece of Cumbrian Slate - we went to visit the Stone Workers and the slate is from Elterwater where we were told about the process of selection and splitting. We matched the top with a figured Manchester Poplar front with the drawer carcass being made with hand-cut dovetail joints in Oak. Glass bases to the drawer keeps an open elegant feel whilst the Ash frame ties the wholes piece together and supports a slung leather shelf.
Cumbrian Slate. Oak. Ash. Poplar. Leather. Brass.
This simply beautiful bedside table has a top of Cumbrian Slate from Elterwater with an Ash frame and slung leather shelf.
Cumbrian Slate. Ash. Leather. Brass.
Cumbrian Slate. Elm. Lighting.
Our first exploration into resin - pioneering the process all those moons ago, our aim was to find a way of stabalising a perished board of beautiful Sycamore making it usable.
A drinks cabinet with a mirrored interior and glass back allowing light to permeate through and illuminate the resin doors.
Sycamore. Monterey Cypress. Resin. Glass. Mirror. MDF. Paint.
A one legged table.
Sycamore. Resin. brass.
The exploration process of working with end grain, to find a way of using it, without it tearing itself apart. Its narrative pattern is sublime.
Here we took on the ambitious task of putting it into a chair - It works because of timber species, drying method and stabilising method. We dried the slabs for 2 years, under watchful eyes, prior to us using it.
Monterey Cypress. Leather. Foam.
Playing with negative space and Asymmetry.
English Oak. Deodar. MDF. Paint