So the brief was that they wanted a place to store all the paper work in the house. Passports, house insurance, car related stuff and all the other paper trails that we must keep hold off.
I’ve checked out the room that they want the piece to go into, and they have a rather ugly looking Mahogany table with the computer on it, they have asked if I would try and match this piece. I’ve looked over it so many times and still the piece says to me “Ugly”.
So I’m going to come out with a completely different design and style.
My first thoughts where on a solid wood carcass with nice detailed tongue and groove draws, how ever due to what I’d like them to go with I’m going to suggest an MDF construction using some very nice veneers that will make the piece stand out and match the new cutting edge house that they are living in.
My choice on using MDF as a carcass was quiet easy, it’s stable, it’s very easy to work, to gives a strong working base for me to apply my veneers and ultimately it enables the use of some very exotic wood.
I am looking at a Pale timber for the carcass and maybe a Dark American Walnut Burr for the draw fronts and small detailed areas.
They have asked for some flush fitted handles, (They have children that are prone to catching themselves on edges) but I’m looking at self opening draw sliders that just require a gentle push and they open.
My view is that the children will grow up soon and the piece will stay with them for a long time, so hopefully the horrid manufactured metal flush handles will not go on. We will see.
I’ll be meeting the clients over the next few days.
Things to do.
1-Produce some veneer samples for them to have a look at.
2-Go through the design concept and how and why the draws will be used. ie, the sizing of the draws and the way they can use them.
3-Do a full scale 1:1 drawing so I can get my head round the whole project.
4-Possibly produce a model, though thinking a few sketches will suffice.
5-Check on Draw runner designs and make sure they can handle the weight that I’ll be putting through them.
I’m after something like this.
Many thanks to Paul Gower who produced this gorgeous piece made from Crown Grain Ash.