I am pretty excited about this “Method Behind”, all the way from Scotland, we have the pleasure of visiting with Marisa Giannasi & Callum Robinson of Method Furniture. An architect and a cabinet maker have merged their talents and are producing some amazing pieces of hand crafted furniture. I am so fond of the smallest details that are put into these pieces, AMAZING! Make sure to check out their site and blog as their are loads of process images.
Q: Who is?
Method Furniture is a dynamic modern atelier, specializing in furniture design. Method was established by Marisa Giannasi (Architect and Designer) and Callum Robinson (Second Generation Cabinet maker) in 2009. From our workshop/studio, on the stunning East Coast of Scotland, we produce a meticulously hand -crafted range of elegant contemporary furniture, using traditional woodworking and cabinetmaking techniques and the finest natural materials. Detail, heritage, honesty and integrity suffuse our work – “We’re passionate about communicating the individual story of every piece…Above all; it’s always about trying to create something remarkable”
Q: What is your background?
Marisa studied architecture at the prestigious Mackintosh School of architecture in Glasgow, before working as an architectural model-maker and practising architecture in Glasgow– giving her a fantastic depth of understanding of 3 dimensional design. Callum has been making things since before he can remember. His father is a well known cabinetmaker, woodcarver, builder and designer and since learning his trade growing up, Callum has honed his skills in New Zealand and Tasmania.
Q: What inspires you?
Marisa – design that stays true to concept, the beauty of the natural materials we work with, and my students are a constant source of inspiration (Marisa also lectures in interiors architecture and design)
Callum – I love Scandinavian and Japanese furniture design – the simplicity, elegance, subtlety and integrity. But I’m also very much inspired by the materials we work with. Hardwood is so flexible, beautiful and inspiring. Every piece is different, and using it to create elegant, modern pieces that will endure long after I’m gone is pretty humbling.
Q: What is your preferred material to work with?
Simple answer – Hardwood. But we also like to use Scottish leather, steel, aluminium, copper, brass, natural oils, beeswax..beautiful, hard-working natural materials that will stand the test of time.
Q: What trends are you seeing in furniture design, good or bad
It’s very exciting too see a trend for well made, hand crafted furniture beginning to re-emerge in the UK. The recession has really forced people to think about the false economy of “throw away furniture” and consider the ethical implications of buying products that will endure. What really excites us is seeing what can be achieved with a combination of respect for furniture traditions, inspired design, and artisan craftsmanship – Pinch and Dare Studio are both classic examples.
Q: My favorite______is________
Marisa – My favourite chair is Barber Osgerby’s Tip Ton chair
Callum – My favourite chair is Naoto Fukasawa’s Hirosima chair…frankly, anything that comes out of the Maruni factory is as much a lesson as a product…