Making of restaurant tables

One One One Eagle Street tables

The process for making these tables was very different to the Cedar side tables, which were unique, and for which I was commissioned to both design and make. These restaurant tables were designed by Cox Rayner and Deka Design was to make them.

With a total of 27 tables I needed to set up a mini-production run, and some jigs were made to assist with certain processes such as the cutting of the specific edge detail.

The design was a solid timber rim with a recycled leather insert on top of an MDF structure. The base was to be powdercoated.

The timber was chosen by Cox Rayner, a beautiful American black walnut, nice to work with and the relative evenness of the colour and grain makes it easy to select the pieces which make a whole. The most challenging part of the process was the adhering of the recycled leather to the MDF substrate. Great care had to be taken so that it would line up perfectly before the glue dried in place.

Here are a few photos of the process. There are no photos of the tables insitu as the restaurant has not yet opened.

Cedar

The finished Cedar side tables

Cedar Process

The process of making the Cedar side tables

Client Projects

Examples of design and manufacture projects for clients over the years.

[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_pietaritable01b.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 2
Pietari dining table with Markus custom chairs
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_parkin01b.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 2
Mika sofas with Pietari coffee table
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_pietaritable02.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 2
Pietari dining table with Markus custom chairs
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_parkin06c_wp_20131102_024.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 2
Mika sofas with Pietari coffee table and Woodnotes rug
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_scottstreet05.jpg]Terrace Swing
Helena's concept, my design. Bringing a little piece of garden for an urban sanctuary.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_scottstreet06.jpg]Scott Street dining
Lucy dining table with Markus chairs
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_scottstreet02.jpg]Scott Street Living
Design and manufacture of furniture and art objects for luxury sub-tropical living in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_originscoffeetable02.jpg]Origins coffee table in Scott Street
Made from camphor laurel with my special wax mix surface finish and high polished stainless steel legs
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_scottstreet03.jpg]Scott Street
Pietari sofa and Lucy dining table
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_stlucia01.jpg]St Lucia House
Design and manufacture furniture for living room, dining room, bedroom and entry.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_stlucia04.jpg]St Lucia House dining room
The client chose the popular Jacqueline dining table, Markus chairs and Markus buffet from the Deka range. I recommended the use of jarrah to complement their existing flooring and timber doors.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_stlucia05.jpg]St Lucia House - dining table detail
I designed the Jacqueline dining table in 2004 for Deka's born classic collection. It instantly became very popular because of the high polished and unique design of the stainless steel leg. We do all our own stainless steel work in-house, its a time consuming job to polish to a mirror finish but the result is stunning. These tables are perfect for the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, for beachside living, you never need to worry about corrosion.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_stlucia06.jpg]St Lucia House - buffet
The Markus buffet had been a popular design of the Deka born classic collection. I designed it in 2003 and it has evolved with more features, new handles and a choice of legs. I use self-closing and full extension drawer runners in most of the cabinets as a standard now. The legs are either high polished stainless steel or kickboard.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_apx_7040-7039.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 1
Theodore bed
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_apx_7067.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 1
Jacqueline dining table with Alexander chair and Napoli barstools
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_apx_7115.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 1
Markus modular
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_apx_7086.jpg]Gold Coast apartment 1
Living room with Ella coffee table and Markus credenza
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_officereception01.jpg]Hyne reception
This project included the design and manufacture of reception, boardroom and offices furniture for Hynes Timber's Brisbane Office.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_officea02.jpg]Hyne offices
I designed and manufactured all desks and credenzas for all the offices - each was a custom layout but by using the same details in each one, brought it all together for acohesive finish.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_officea01.jpg]Hyne boardroom
I designed and manufactured the boardroom table and wallunit for Hyne Timber offices in Brisbane.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_sydney01.jpg]Sydney Apartment
This Sydney apartment was completed in 2000. The client was an existing Deka client who needed his new apartment custom furnished. It was an interesting project as I was allowed free scope on the design which included dining setting, wallunit, living room, bedroom and aquarium. The dining table and chairs were designed to feature high polished stainless steel with an individualistic aesthetic.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_sydney02.jpg]Sydney Apartment
The wallunit was designed around the latest flat screen TV and a built-in bar.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/client-projects/thumbs/thumbs_sydney03.jpg]Sydney Apartment
The sofas chosen were from Deka's collection. The coffee table and side table were designed to match the dining table design.

Deka

'born classic' collection for Deka

[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_lucy05.jpg]Lucy table
Poilshed stainless steel.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_zamudaybed12web.jpg]Zamu daybed
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_lucy04.jpg]Lucy table
Detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_kalle01.jpg]Kalle chair
Swivel chair with recliner
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_zamu09c.jpg]Zamu dining chair
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_zamucolour03.jpg]Zamu dining chair
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_zamu_001.jpg]Zamu armchair
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_antero14small2.jpg]Antero swivel armchair
Designed as part of the Deka 'born classic' collection in 2004. Based on the Neo chair, it inherited the same acrylic and stainless steel base, but was stylised for presence.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_neo24small.jpg]Neo swivel armchair
Designed as part of the Deka 'born classic' collection in 2002, the Neo chair is very comfortable and generously sized with a swivel base in stainless steel with acrylic detail. The acrylic detail is a subtlety in design which has a visual impact almost unrecognisable, but without it the base design would not be the same. I have used this unique base detail in the Neo table and all the swivel chairs I have designed for Deka.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_pietarimodular02lores.jpg]Pietari sofa collection
Finalist in Design Institute of Australia Queensland Design Awards 2006 for furniture design. The Pietari collection extends from sofas to dining table, coffee tables and a bed design.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_img_6230small.jpg]Pietari sofa
Detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_pietaridiningtable10c_detailwithmarkuschairs.jpg]Pietari dining table
The Pietari has a high polished stainless steel leg and high gloss timber veneer top for a durable finish. I began to use stainless steel in furniture legs and details for the Gold Coast market in the late 1990's. The salty air along the coastline is detrimental to chromed steel and many aluminium chair legs, so I decided early on never to use any other material. Stainless steel, although it has high embodied energy, does not need to be coated, it doesn't age, mark or corrode and it is fully recyclable at the end of the furniture's life.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_sebastiandining04b.jpg]Pietari dining table with Sebastian chair
High polished stainless steel leg, high gloss timber veneer top. The method of construction allows for long spans while maintaining a sleek low profile appearance. The detail is hidden on the inside!
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_pietaricredenza09small.jpg]Pietari credenza
Entertainment unit with customisable shelving and drawers.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_leon22.jpg]Leon chaise
Designed in 1999, this is a contemporary version of a modern chaise. It is made from plywood and stainless steel with upholstered padding. Has not dated yet.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_kalervo16.jpg]Kalervo swivel armchair
Antero's little brother.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/deka/thumbs/thumbs_wallunit01small.jpg]Wallunit
This is an example of a custom wallunit that we produce for Deka's clients. Each one of these requires custom design of details for electrical wiring, storage of audio/visual equipment and mounting of TVs etc.

Fish for dinner, darling?

Fish for dinner, darling? was an installation to launch the Kiila table series at the Deka showroom as part of Brisbane Indsign 2006.

Griffith University

Chancellor's Ceremonial Chair for Griffith University

Kantti Collection

Collection of timber furniture designed for commercial and residential projects.

Objects

Unique interior Objects inspired by materials and process. The materials used are mostly offcuts from my workshop, and I have endeavoured to add value to this otherwise wasted resource through an artistic process.

[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_shelter01_crw_4194.jpg]Shelter wall art
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_shelter02_img_4505small.jpg]Shelter wall art
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_som_noppa02.jpg]Noppa dice for Son of Martin
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_deskcontainer01.jpg]Kantti desk tray
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_desktidy01.jpg]Kantti desk tidy
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_noughts01b.jpg]Noughts
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject4detailsmall.jpg]Object in walnut and ash
Detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject04small.jpg]Object in Walnut and ash
Two species in harmony.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_regeneration.jpg]Regeneration
Inspired by the explosive renewal of nature.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject05small.jpg]Object in beech
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject05details.jpg]Object in beech
detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_fivebarssmall.jpg]Five Bars
A musical reference
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_fivebarsdetail.jpg]Five Bars
detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_regeneration01_img_4504small.jpg]Regeneration wall art
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject02detailsmall.jpg]Object in walnut
detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject02small.jpg]Object in walnut
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject01small.jpg]Object in ash
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject01detailsmall.jpg]Object in ash
detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject06.jpg]Object in walnut
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/objects/thumbs/thumbs_lkobject03small.jpg]Object

Origins

activating material adapting design representing craft producing culture

[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_stool03es_img_3410_01.jpg]Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Jarrah with hand crafted stainless steel detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_stool07b_img_3488.jpg]Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Jarrah with hand crafted stainless steel detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_oksa04bb.jpg]Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Camphor laurel and gidgee with hand crafted stainless steel hinges and detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_oksa101bb.jpg]Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Camphor laurel and gidgee with hand crafted stainless steel hinges and detail
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_cabinet02_crw_6721_1.jpg]Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
camphor laurel
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_cabinet10_crw_6702_1.jpg]Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
camphor laurel
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_sheercabinet06.jpg]Sheer cabinet
camphor laurel
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_sheercabinet.jpg]Sheer cabinet
Camphor laurel and blackwood
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_cabinet04.jpg]Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
queensland blackbutt
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_cabinet03.jpg]Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_cabinet01.jpg]Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_img_0213aa.jpg]Juhani chair
Featured in a Finnish interior
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_juhani32a.jpg]Juhani chair
Unique contemporary aesthetic
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_juhani33a.jpg]Juhani chair
Solid blackbutt timber and Woodnotes paper yarn upholstery
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_crw_2936bsmall.jpg]Banjo table series
Natural material and simple aesthetic
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_jannbench03b.jpg]Jann bench
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_jannbench03.jpg]Jann bench
The skill is in the detail.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_simostool09.jpg]Simo Stool
Blackbutt with soap finish, upholstery in Woodnotes paper yarn textile
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_katricoffee05.jpg]Katri coffee table
An elegant tale designed to complement materials used in sub-tropical houses.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_katricoffee06.jpg]Katri coffee table
Side profile, a little quirky but very functional.
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_katricoffee07.jpg]Katri coffee table
Flat pack! And no tools needed!
[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/origins/thumbs/thumbs_table02.jpg]Detail of Offcut Table

Origins1

activating material,

Restaurant tables

Restaurant tables for One One One Eagle Street

[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/restaurant-tables/thumbs/thumbs_lk18.jpg]
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[img src=http://www.kinnunen.com.au/wp-content/flagallery/restaurant-tables/thumbs/thumbs_lk17.jpg]

Son of Martin

designing the family tradition

Swan

A 1:25 scale model of a Swan 53 yacht.

 

 

Here’s a short video of the making process on Vimeo – Making of…

 

The finished Cedar side tables

I completed the cedar side tables just in time for our ON THE EDGE exhibition.

The simple straight design allows for the timber grain to be the focus.The small table houses two of the client’s precious tiles and the larger table has the other four tiles. I made four complementing tiles using the client’s Huon pine to accompany the tiles in the larger table. The tiles are installed in drawers and the tops are glass.

 

Making of Cedar side tables

I had a deadline to work towards for these two Cedar side tables. Nora wanted to include them in our ON THE EDGE exhibition which is opening on 10 June, so with the drawings done and materials ready, I got to work. I worked on these in between other projects for a two months. I decided to use the client’s white cedar for the main structure, with a leg detail in blackbean, and huon pine for the tiles. The design is simple without unnecessary detail in the form, as I want the timbers to be the focus of the design.

 

 

Cedar project brief

Project: Cedar – Display tables, credenza and bookcase

Project start: March 2012

Brief: Custom design and make two side tables to display valuable collected tiles, a credenza and a cabinet for book storage, using the client’s own timber. The brief is very open with respect to the design, I have some free reign to design what I think will suit the material and the function.

MATERIAL SELECTION:

I started by collected the timber material from the client’s storage, timbers include Huon pine, white cedar, silky oak, blackbean and Queensland maple. Some of these timbers have been in storage for up to 20 years so we need to assess them for suitability.

An initial inspction of the materials showed that I may be able to use white cedar for the display tables, the maple and cedar for the credenza and the pine for some parts of the bookcase. But closer inspection of the Huon pine showed that it has some discolouration from ageing so it may be that it will only be used for internal structure.

Cedar

Timber for Cedar Project

 

 

The process of making

The craft of furniture making is about understanding process. From identification and selection of materials, to development of concepts, design and making, each step is performed with thought about how it relates within the process. In the purest forms of craft, the choice of material will affect form, which in turn will direct aesthetics, ergonomics, function and use. A craftsman will work first with the material and maintain a process that is not in conflict with its properties. To me it seems that design sometimes takes another approach – it is liable to maintain integrity of form at the expense of appropriate material selection resulting in an impractical, overdesigned product.

Although a traditional craftsman’s process most often begins at the material, commercial reality mean that budget or aesthetics is often my starting point. So in order to find the best balance between cost, functionality and aesthetics, I find the most suitable relationship between material and process to assist in defining the making process. I am interested in how the two important producers of our material culture – craft and design – can be joined to work towards the best sustain-able outcomes.

I have chosen a current project of making a series of furniture for a client to document my process of furniture making. This project is the designing and making of two side tables, a credenza and a bookcase from the client’s own timber. This page will be updated regularly with progress.