WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORKSHOP WITH JOHN?
We think our Workshop Manager John, epitomises all that defines a true craftsman.
For those who have met him will testify, John loves what he does, however his deliberate attention to detail whilst quietly going about his daily work just never fails to impress.
He has been very busy in the workshop lately, but in the meantime, we have been capturing snippets of his projects. Over the course of the next few weeks, and by popular demand we will be showcasing some of his latest work.
Every one of our pieces starts with a 'story' or a concept. Sometimes the idea comes from the client. They know exactly what they want, or have seen a picture in a magazine and this gives the design team something to go by. With Colette and Cathie being the first point of call, they discuss with the client and a get a true feel for exactly what is required. Then, its off to John with a photo, or on most occasions an idea.
From there, and after much deliberation, John will come up with some sketches.
We love how he uses the organic method of freehand sketching. Our clients adore it.
It started with a sketch......
When approached by our client to recreate a traditional piece of Tansu cabinetry, John relished the challenge.
Tansu is a traditional style of Japanese furniture, designed to be mobile storage cabinets.
The word Tansu is used to refer to Japanese furniture in the general sense but has a literal translation meaning 'chest' or 'cabinet'
Traditional characteristics of this type of piece are
Minimalist in design
Rich Wood Grains
Luxuriant coating finishes.
And so with this brief, John set upon the task of crafting quite an intricate piece of Japanese inspired furniture, whilst also giving it his own personal and unique identity as you can see in the photos below.
PLENTY OF STORAGE SPACE
IRON HARDWARE DETAIL
TRADITIONAL DOVE-TAILING DETAIL.
EMPIRE COFFEE TABLE PROJECT
With this particular project, our client saw a photograph in a magazine, showing exactly the style of coffee table she wanted.
This of course can make the process that bit easier for the team. All they needed were dimension specifics and a look at the home space to ensure a correct balance was to be achieved. In this case, obviously dimensions were quite paramount to the space, so therefore we made adjustments to accommodate the clients specific needs.
Our clients magazine photograph. She clearly had excellent taste, as this is Donna Karans residence!
The team then set to work, starting with a consultation over lunch.
And then the fun part begins for John. The Empire Coffee Table starts taking shape.
A check for quality and balance...all boxes ticked!
And the finished product!...........
If you would like to see more of John in his workshop, just click on the Video link below.
It may not be something as intricate as a Tansu cabinet that you require. We cater to all customised requirements, whether it be shelving, cabinetry, tables, benches, retail applications etc...
Be sure to visit our showroom at 41 Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley
Phone 07 38526002
For more information on our Interior Design and Custom Made Services click on the link below.