interiors II 2016

A couple of images of one of our current interior design projects underway for a Georgian London town house. These are part of the fitted elements for the main bedroom. See earlier posts for some of the initial design renders. Images show the fitted bed head board and sculptural shelving in the alcoves and the wardrobe side with sculpted handle details on the bi-fold doors with servo assisted overhead storage. 

Reflection II

sky doughnuts.

A vertical assisted viewing platform at the edge.

Elsewhere - Dragon Kre chair - award winner from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers - design prize. Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition, Cheltenham 2016.

Coronation Meadow

Sculptural seating Installation now complete for the new Coronation Meadow at Wakehurst Place. Official opening was on 2nd July in dedication to their retired director Mr Andy Jackson.

see below entries for more information about this project.

Sheep or Cows

Work well underway on sculptural seating installation for new Coronation meadow feature at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place, W.Sussex.

Here's an image of one of the flow seat pod elements near completion. This project is created entirely of oak wood. Much of it sourced from Wakehurst's very own woodlands. All fixtures and fittings in stainless steel. You can see the gap-set seat base being bolted down onto the pod base blocks. These are then capped over once complete.

Assistance much appreciated from James Pumfrey at Kew, Wood Mizer and chain saw master carrying out the initial block cutting and taper cutting on the large oak base and verticals elements for this project. The installation comprises groupings of seat pods that carry the poem Leisure by W H Davies through a wandering meander down though the new meadow with superb views out onto the wooded valley below.

Letter carving for this project, superbly cut by Roy Will Taylor. Not as straight forward as it looks as the text is cut over a compound convex surface. Much of the working on the base pod and vertical assemblies is being carried out at Wakehurst Place with installation within the meadow during start of June 2016.

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New work comes to life.

This a bench seating piece currently in construction at the studio workshop. Carved entirely in large section walnut wood. There is still a way to go with creation on this. It is shaping up very well though. More images to follow in due course. You will be able to experience this new work at exhibition in Autumn 2016.

Slicing through the duality of shifted halves, this new sculptural piece will feature juxtaposed dynamic visually movement within an optically defying comfortable bench seating form. 

The title of this piece does not refer to any missing apendages from use of the chainsaw in the initial shape form carving! Keen eyed observers will though notice the use of an electric chainsaw. Electric chainsaws are fun to use. I like the idea of the electric chainsaw as it feels that one could quite easily do some 'leisure activity cutting' in the evening in the living room at home - if one so desired!  (that is not a recommendation of good practice!)

reflection

Whilst pondering what the bigger picture is in that in-set mirror in the bedroom - another image that alludes to far more than is initially apparent. Taken during a recent visit to Prague.  

Now, if you study this image really carefully, you can also just make out the TV broadcast tower in the background. If you have not been up there - it is certainly worth a look. Then come all the way back down to Kampa Park to take a closer look.

interiors I 2016

A quick peek into one of our current interiors projects for a London town house, Kensington.

This project involves design and installation of fitted and free standing pieces for the master bedroom, living room and dining room spaces within a total interior re-build of a late Georgian property. 

The above image is just one of our concept visuals. It shows a view looking into the full inset mirror within a sculpted vanity area of of a full wall fitted wardrobe installation with an inverted apex ceiling. Returning readers may of course notice the similarities in the head board design from previous projects with the use of the sculpted linear gap-set arrangement. The previous bed design below was also fitted up to a curved partition wall!

coronation meadow

Work now started on a sculptural seating installation for the new Coronation Meadow feature at Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place. Coronation Meadow is an addition to the beautiful parkland grounds at Wakehurst Place and commands beautiful views across the W. Suusex landscape as you meander down through the summer meadow to the wooded valley below. The new installation carries the poem Leisure by Henry Davies as you travel along the path over 7 resting points along the way. 

Some of the flow pod seating groups in creation at the chaircreative workshop.

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Yes, it's a chaircreative table!

Recently completed and installed for a dining room interior design project in a converted barn dwelling in W. Suusex, U.K. This table features a sculpted carved frame in bleached oak wood and the top is prime 1/4 sawn oak with 'red stripe'. The centre piece of the project where we were also involved in the creation of the deep section weather blasted sculptural wall and door panelling and cast white concrete accesories. 

The table is quite big at 4m x 1.2m with substantial mass!

Colour the World in Ppod

Some recently completed Ppod benches seen here in fresh pea green and super subtle orange.

What colour will you choose?

Each of these benches are formed from just 2 pieces of steam bent ash wood over a single compound curve form.  

GreyFriars seating - now complete

New sculptural seating works for Canterbury City Council in 'Greyfriars' garden recently installed.

This seating features carved prime oak sculpted seating base with curvilinear cast concrete base elements. Yes, it is heavy!

Ground works finishing off still to be complete by contractors and also the additional planting of local variety 'crab' apples trees.  The oak will weather to a beautiful silver grey colour over a period of around 6 - 9 months. Oak is the wood of choice here for the exterior application as it is naturally weather durable and long lasting without the use of additional preservers or chemical addititives.

Designed to provide a conversational resting point within the garden that leads to the heart of the Cathedral City within the 'Great Stour' river catchment.

 

 

 

Greyfriars

New public works project commences Spring 2015 for Grey Friars garden, Canterbury, Kent. 

Project to feature sculptural seating works to enlighten the experience of journey through this wonderful park space to the West of Canterbury, Kent, U.K.

Keep checking back to see project develop.

Image above from initial site visit shows the main path through this delightful space directly in line with the chapel on the river and the Cathedral in the background.

Also for Spring 2015 - new Ppod benches - colour plus and natural versions of this design will be arriving soon.

 

Now available in green.

...long time...

…yes, I know.

so busy, so many projects...

…so little time to mention them all.

Here is a quick sneak look though at latest incarnation of Kre . Picked up today from Milwyn Fine Art foundry. 1st opportunity to experience this piece for real will be in the 'collectibles' hall at Design Shanghai March 2015. Dragon Kre is patinated hollow cast bronze work created from an original carved template design by Alun Heslop. We are of course naturally very excited about this new piece.

Many other works and projects completed such as the 5.5m high carved standing oak sculptural form -  The Tree of Life.  There's a New 4m White bench,  More concrete in a new Beam bench design, Works for Hancocks the Jewellers, London (more on that in Spring 2015), Sculptural road bridge underway amongst things and here's Alun - just hanging around on a cantilevered suspended bench!

Creation

New chair Kre - now complete. Out of the door at Milwyn fine art foundry.

First opportunity to experience this new piece will be at Welcome to the Material Mind exhibition.

Mean while here is a look into one of the structures of our current major interiors project underway. This is the central unit forming part of a bespoke sales area counter. More on this to follow.

Elsewhere in chaircreative land - Work underway on a new tree seat for Bordehill Gardens in Sussex. This is a ring formation seating piece carved in oak wood.

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Solidified in form.

Latest bronze chair Kre nears completion at Milwyn Fine art foundry. 

The component cast parts have now been welded into the singular chair form. 

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A small amount of 'line-edge' chasing and correction is required before the final surface finishing - easier said than done with bronze metal. You can also see the template mould form chair in the background used in reference for the assembly of the bronze version. Those skeletons from the closet keep on hanging around too!

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The final surface will now be patinated and polished through to pick up detailing. Image below shows the test application of different patina finishes, whilst the back still shows the coarse pre finished surface.

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Completion due mid March.  Images to follow thereafter.

First public showing of Kre will be at - 'Welcome to the Material Mind' exhibition - April 21 to May 1 2014 at Great Western Studios, London.

Meanwhile, one of our major interiors projects takes shape - below is the base section of a desk unit that forms part of a suite of sculptural free standing furniture elements and sales/reception area for specialist London retail space. More to follow on this project in due course.

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Let's pour some chairs.

It's not quite as easy as that of course, we are certainly not talking about plastic!

So, here we are are Milwyn Foundry about to pour bronze.

The crucible

In theory it all seems very simple. Pour hot liquid from bucket into moulds.

Of course, it appears deceptively simple and there are actually a lot of factors to take on board for the experienced artisan foundry workers when pouring liquid bronze at 1100 C. Paramount is perhaps set up of the moulds. These must be scrupulously clean from any wax residues or carbon on the inside before pouring bronze (not as straightforward as may first appear.) See earlier posts for more about the 'Lost Wax casting process' Pouring temperature and amount of bronze in molten state as well as rate of pour in different size sections are all factors that need to be taken into account.

These innocuous looking lumps are actually the moulds for the back sections.

The crude looking lumps above look like they should have nothing to do with fine cast mirror polished chairs, however what is visible on the outside is the coarse coating ceramic and wire frame structure that supports the fine inner ceramic mould shell within. The top lump perhaps gives more of a clue to what is to happen as you can see the pour cup and flow tubes that reach to fill the component. 

The sandbox being loaded with moulds. The sand also helps to support the mould structures when being cast.

Furnace. A bronze ingot sits on top.

Checking the temperature of the molten bronze with a digital lance pyrometer. A crucial factor.

Extracting the crucible.

Pouring into the moulds. Note the tin foil covers over pour cups. This is to stop contaminates entering the moulds during filling of sandbox.

In the last frame you can see the glowing now solid bronze at the top of the pour cups.

And here is one we made earlier! This is the back leg cast component after first stages of clean up.

On the inside.

The image above gives a really good indication as to what is being created at this point.  Here you can see the hollow void inside the back leg component and also still visible evidence cut through of the pouring flow channels at the top of the section

Once all the components have been cast and initial clean up stages towards mirror polished finish, the sections will then be welded together with the same bronze material used from the pour. All welds will then be chased backed and smoothed into a single fluid form before the final mirror polishing stage.  

The first stage of tack weld assembly to check against the original template form will happen early January 2014. More to follow...