The art of design
Rewarding and exciting
Working with Robin Furlong Furniture to design a piece of furniture takes care of all the aspects of the design
Drawing on over 25 years of experience in the furniture making industry, Robin’s design ideas form as he discusses a client’s requirements
To design a piece of furniture it is imperative to know your materials, the possibilities and limitations. Many people do not know where to begin, questioning how it will look, what shapes, proportions and joints might be incorporated and how to arrive at a final design.
There are seven stages of creating a bespoke piece of furniture; location and size, purpose, style, woods and materials, construction and finally budget.
The location and size of a design will determine a number of other factors; budget in particular, this will vary depending on all the following factors. For example a dining room table will need to seat a certain number of people and fit in a dining room, this will work as an initial guide. The purpose of this table could be to seat four people on a day to day basis but occasionally 8-10 so an extending table would be required. Style is down to the individual but where Robin’s years of experience will come into its own. Robin has an existing portfolio of designs that clients can get inspiration from and select shapes they prefer.
Robin carries wood samples containing a large variety to choose from. Colour, grain, texture are important as well as choosing either a solid wood, or veneer. Woods may be natural, fumed, limed or stained colour – all options need to be taken into consideration.
Whether a solid wood or veneer is to be used then affects the construction of the piece. Some clients like to see particular features such as joints and certain shapes. No one design is the same as another.
Robin takes the client through guide prices at an early stage and is able to work to a pre-determined budget. Following initial discussions, Robin will prepare the design sketches, which are developed into a presentation drawing, so that the client can see the design from the beginning and have an excellent representation of the finished piece.
Designing a bespoke piece of furniture is a rewarding and exciting experience, it is important to work with the right company and designer to create an heirloom that will remain in a family for generations.
For examples of Robin Furlong Furniture, please visit robinfurlongfurniture.co.uk or the Gallery and workshop are open 6 days a week.