Collaborating with artists, galleries and museums to help realise esoteric structures, props and contraptions.
Alongside our domestic and commercial work, we regularly work with artists, designers and other creatives to help realise unique projects. Collaborating as necessary with engineers, architectures and other specialists in their field to help create anything from a fortune-telling machine for a gallery exhibition to outdoor hand-crank-powered projector boxes for the National Trust.
As a result of working on niche designs, we have acquired a unique set of skills and knowledge that we bring to each new project. Allowing us to provide solutions to complex problems.
Materials & Finishes
Black American Walnut
A timber which comes from North America, it ranges in colour from cream through to dark brown and is a beautiful hard-wearing timber.
Veneered board is a much more stable material than solid timber, particularly in a modern centrally heated house. These come in a range of thicknesses, with either a plywood or MDF core, and a thin timber veneer is applied to both sides of the board.
A clear finish which comes in a wide range of sheens, from matt through to gloss, and is used on materials where you want to see the material. Lacquers are what we most commonly use, in the form of environmentally friendly water-based products, to hard-wearing acid catalyst lacquers applied by spray gun. There are also waxes and oils, applied by hand, some are traditional products, while others are modern blends of traditional & synthetic.
Moisture resistant medium density fibreboard
Often given a bad reputation, but a high-quality finish can be achieved if used appropriately, MDF is used for large expanse areas which are painted, normally edged with timber or another edging, to further increase durability.
We use this material in many of our projects, it can be finished in a plain lacquer or with a colour applied to its face (either paint or Formica) and exposed end grain. Different wood veneers, such as oak or walnut can also be applied to its face, offering a more pronounced contrast to the plywood's end grain. We also use it for making drawer boxes due to its durability.
Oak (European or White American)
White American oak is suitable for interior work and European oak can be used in and outdoors. An attractive hardwood, its mid-range colour and interesting grain mean that it sits comfortably alongside a wide range of other materials & colours.
Most of the painted fitted furniture we produce is spray primed in our workshop before it is fitted. Contemporary style furniture often better suits a sprayed finish, in this case, the furniture is sprayed before it is fitted. Whereas, traditional style furniture is often hand-painted in-situ after fitting. We can match any paint & colour in any finish and offer both a spray finish, applied in the workshop or hand-finished (roller or brush), which can be applied in the workshop or in-situ.