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 side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables

Cedar Process

The process of making the Cedar side tables

The design
The design
material
material
Legs
Legs
Work in progress
Work in progress
Tools
Tools
Shelves
Shelves
Process
Process
Detail
Detail
Drawer
Drawer
Fitting of drawer
Fitting of drawer
Detail
Detail

Client Projects

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

Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Terrace Swing
Terrace Swing
Scott Street dining
Scott Street dining
Scott Street Living
Scott Street Living
Origins coffee table in Scott Street
Origins coffee table in Scott Street
Scott Street
Scott Street
St Lucia House
St Lucia House
St Lucia House dining room
St Lucia House dining room
St Lucia House - dining table detail
St Lucia House - dining table detail
St Lucia House - buffet
St Lucia House - buffet
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Hyne reception
Hyne reception
Hyne offices
Hyne offices
Hyne boardroom
Hyne boardroom
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment

Deka

'born classic' collection for Deka

Lucy table
Lucy table
Zamu daybed
Zamu daybed
Lucy table
Lucy table
Kalle chair
Kalle chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu armchair
Zamu armchair
Antero swivel armchair
Antero swivel armchair
Neo swivel armchair
Neo swivel armchair
Pietari sofa collection
Pietari sofa collection
Pietari sofa
Pietari sofa
Pietari dining table
Pietari dining table
Pietari dining table with Sebastian chair
Pietari dining table with Sebastian chair
Pietari credenza
Pietari credenza
Leon chaise
Leon chaise
Kalervo swivel armchair
Kalervo swivel armchair
Wallunit
Wallunit

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.

Fish for dinner, darling?
Fish for dinner, darling?
Fish for dinner, darling?
Fish for dinner, darling?
Fish for dinner, darling
Fish for dinner, darling
Fish for dinner, darling?
Fish for dinner, darling?
Kiila table
Kiila table

Griffith University

Chancellor's Ceremonial Chair for Griffith University

Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair

Kantti Collection

Collection of timber furniture designed for commercial and residential projects.

Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with upholstered seat
Kantti II chair with upholstered seat
Kantti armchair
Kantti armchair
Kantti cafe chair
Kantti cafe chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti desk
Kantti desk
Kantti stool collection
Kantti stool collection
Kantti barstool
Kantti barstool

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.

Shelter wall art
Shelter wall art
Shelter wall art
Shelter wall art
Noppa dice for Son of Martin
Noppa dice for Son of Martin
Kantti desk tray
Kantti desk tray
Kantti desk tidy
Kantti desk tidy
Noughts
Noughts
Object in walnut and ash
Object in walnut and ash
Object in Walnut and ash
Object in Walnut and ash
Regeneration
Regeneration
Object in beech
Object in beech
Object in beech
Object in beech
Five Bars
Five Bars
Five Bars
Five Bars
Regeneration wall art
Regeneration wall art
Object in walnut
Object in walnut
Object in walnut
Object in walnut
Object in ash
Object in ash
Object in ash
Object in ash
Object in walnut
Object in walnut
Object
Object

Origins

activating material adapting design representing craft producing culture

Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Banjo table series
Banjo table series
Jann bench
Jann bench
Jann bench
Jann bench
Simo Stool
Simo Stool
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Detail of Offcut Table
Detail of Offcut Table

Origins1

activating material,

Origins coffee table
Origins coffee table
Origins coffee table
Origins coffee table
Juhani chair
Juhani chair

Restaurant tables

Restaurant tables for One One One Eagle Street

Son of Martin

designing the family tradition

Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin

Swan

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

'Laine' the Swan 53 1:25 scale model
'Laine' the Swan 53 1:25 scale model
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress
Swan 53 model in progress

 

 

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.

Cedar

The finished Cedar side tables

Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables

 

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 Process

The process of making the Cedar side tables

The design
The design
material
material
Legs
Legs
Work in progress
Work in progress
Tools
Tools
Shelves
Shelves
Process
Process
Detail
Detail
Drawer
Drawer
Fitting of drawer
Fitting of drawer
Detail
Detail

 

 

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.