Developing Design Ideas
Interior design is something that takes skill, experience, imagination and the ability to visualise what the client wants. Fine furniture making is about having the expertise and skill to translate that vision into a solid piece that meets those expectations. This partnership is important and how we work together when developing design ideas is a critical element of the process.
Developing Designs Together
The designers use their skill to develop a concept in consultation with their clients that meets their aspirations. To make this concept a reality needs productive communication that evolves through the building of a strong relationship with the designer. Our aim is to support them through every stage of bringing the concept to life. We work directly with clients, architects, designers and contractors to ensure that we have a true understanding of the brief and full requirements. Using this information, we develop and further explain all options or opportunities in consultation with others on the project. All design detailing, materials and finishes are explored, considered and recommendations made.
Developing Design Ideas
Samples and Materials
At this stage of the development this is where our technical expertise comes into play in terms of materials and how they work together. This is also about having the knowledge to combine different materials such as what is technically possible within budgets. For example, a client may feel that they want solid wood for their piece, but it takes them over their budget. Our years of experience and expertise enable us to suggest alternatives that help to keep costs down such as veneered composite wood. We also generate samples for sign off so that clients can see first-hand how something will look before the piece is made. Having an idea may not translate exactly how it was imagined and we appreciate that, so we know how important it is to provide samples for our clients.
Drawings and Practical Installation
Each project is assigned a project manager who, with the assistance of our technicians, conducts a full site survey to ascertain the precise space and tolerances required for the fitted or free-standing furniture. At this stage we can pre-empt any issues of access, integration or installation. Detailed technical drawings are produced, specifying all dimensions, materials and finishes. Our team will also receive their own production drawing which really shows in practical terms how all of it will come together.
It’s fair to say then that the concept being drawn is only the first stage of design. The real development comes after this and is part of an understanding that exists between the designer and the furniture maker. It’s this relationship that brings about the development of the design and an ability to communicate with one another in a productive way. As furniture makers it is a privilege to be able to breathe life into the designer’s ideas and as a team realise the client’s vision.
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