The latest email newsletter from Method Studio contained a beautiful story of an amazing set of custom modern chairs and table. I love to see the process made visual, telling the story with imagery and just a few words. There are some details that really caught my attention. The indigo stained underside of the chairs is a fantastic detail that wasn’t necessary but it works seamlessly with the blue leather seats. If you haven’t seen the work of my favorite Scotland based duo you can learn more about them here http://plastolux.com/method-behind-modern-furniture.html Make sure to click through and see how it all turned out.
The timber, which accounts for 95% of the commission, was felled in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh (distance to sawmill to be milled and dried = 11 miles) before being carefully selected and making its way to our workshop (6 miles)
And the clients home is 18 miles from the workshop. Which is only 35 miles. And that’s not bad
Using a custom-made set of templates we sketched out each component onto the timber, working with the material by matching up our curves with the natural grain feature wherever possible. Each piece was then roughed out and planed to the correct thickness, before hand-shaping and joint cutting.
To create each seat a lamination of birch was glued and pressed into a gentle curve for 24 hours with a special press, making it incredibly strong (and comfortable) before being hand-shaped and padded with a dual-density layer of foam (soft at first, with a denser base) and finely clad in soft, organic leather.
To create the curved seat backs we enlisted the help of a steam box
(essentially a virtually air-tight chamber where the cellular structure of the timber can be softened at 100C with steam, allowing it to be bent into shape over a mould, before it sets hard)
Deep traditional stitches in the surface of the table-top prevent any shakes opening up as the timber adjusts to the temperature and humidity of it’s new home.
Chair cruciforms and the table’s support beam, also in oak, were repeatedly steeped in rich, indigo stain – individualising the timber beautifully whilst still allowing the natural feature of the grain to show through – before oiling and waxing.