Truly fine furniture has always demanded painstaking attention to detail - and that's still true today.
Veneers & Finishes
- Veneer Characteristics
Veneers have long been used in fine furniture making and are stronger and more durable than solid wood. They resist shrinking, swelling, warping, and cracking due to humidity and other environmental changes.
- Veneer Selection
Premier woods are hand-selected and matched in color and wood grain to give a consistent look to each piece while enhancing the natural beauty of the wood grain. Unusual veneers and "fancy face" patterns are often used to add decorative detail.
- Finish Steps
An extensive, multi-step finish process gives each piece of furniture depth, accentuating the wood grain pattern and producing a range of finish looks from a high sheen to a natural "aged" appearance.
- Bone Inlay - Bone inlay is more than just a centuries-old technique; it’s an art form that takes considerable skill and significant time. Crafting these exclusive pieces takes several weeks, but the end result is most certainly worth it. Ethically sourced animal bone is carefully selected and hand-shaped by experienced craftsmen who cut, grind and sand each piece to fit a specific design. The bone is then laminated to the case piece carefully following a transposed template. Next, colored resin is troweled over the entire surface. After curing, the resin and bone are sanded smooth then buff polished for the final touch. This process and the natural materials give each piece a distinctive personality. To protect the finish, wipe with a soft, slightly damp cloth. It’s important to avoid the use of chemicals and household cleaners since they are too harsh and have the potential to damage the delicate surfaces used for these pieces.
- German Silver - German Silver has been used in architectural structures and for decorative elements for more than 2,000 years. The “silver” is actually an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc and takes on the same characteristics as brass and bronze. Each piece is built from various woods, such as Mango wood or Reclaimed Teak, and then is meticulously hand-carved or embossed with a unique pattern - a process that can take up to a day to complete. Afterwards, it is hand-covered in minute detail with sheets of silver creating pieces that are as individual as they are beautiful. A protective topcoat has been added to each piece to retard oxidation and stains that can occur from liquid spills. If a spill occurs, use a dry cotton or absorbent cloth to wipe the liquid away and do not use any strong chemicals or detergents since they can damage the finish.
- Gypsum - Gypsum is a material with roots in ancient construction techniques. The abundant mineral was used on the interiors of the Egyptian Pyramids, which are still standing 5,000 years later. This serves as a compelling testimonial to gypsum's durability. Today the mineral is mined or quaried and afterwards can be developed into a wide range of products. We use what is called alabaster gypsum, which lends an ivory brilliance to these distinct pieces. Each piece of gypsum is meticulously adhered by hand onto the surface of the table. A steel plinth base in a Pewter finish ensures the gypsum remains off the floor. A protective topcoat has been added to each piece, making it more resistant to stains that can occur from liquid spills. If a spill occurs, use a dry, absorbant cloth to wipe away. Do not use any strong chemicals or detergents, since they can damage the surface.
- Gold & Silver Leaf
The technique of gold and silver leafing began as early as the ancient Egyptians and was later refined during the Renaissance period. Today, this skilled craft is still employed using the same time-honored technique. The process begins with a tissue thin piece (leaf) of gold or silver. It is then hand-applied with a soft brush to a surface sprayed with glue, which is why wrinkles, lines and overlapping occur. These markings are an important differentiation between a painted and a hand-leafed product. Gold and silver leaf wrinkles, lines, and blocks will vary, creating a piece that is unlike any other. This technique and a lacquer topcoat create furniture that is as durable as it is beautiful. To clean Silver and Gold Leaf pieces, wipe the surface with a damp cloth.
Since the 5th Century BC, “parchment” from the skin of sheep and goats has been used in a variety of ways. Scholars used it as writing paper for their manuscripts and important documents, while many artists chose it as a canvas for their creative endeavors. Our pieces start with a wooden frame that is sanded and finished with a stain that serves as the shaded background for the goatskin or parchment. The parchment is then cut to size and laminated by hand - one piece at a time — by trained and skilled craftsmen. With natural variations in the parchment and the hand-application, each piece will be unique. A protective topcoat has been put on the parchment. However, when cleaning this surface avoid using harsh ingredients or corrosive chemicals. A soft, damp cloth can be used to wipe away any surface dust that accumulates.
- Petrified Wood
Petrified wood comes from the Greek word petro meaning "rock" or "stone" and is literally "wood turned to stone". It is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of a tree with the appearance of the wood cell structure preserved. The fossilization process begins when trees become buried in sediment. Mineral rich water passing through the sediment carries away the decaying wood molecules and replaces them with minerals, usually silica. And over thousands of years the minerals crystallize producing a metamorphic stone fossil with the appearance of wood. These pieces are collected from areas with ancient volcanic activity and are hand-picked from the ground's surface. Each piece will vary in color, size and shape, thus ensuring a one-of-a-kind item every time. This type of collecting does not damage the environment and is in compliance with all environmental regulations.