Contemporary Limited-Edition & Bespoke Luxury Furniture

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  • Radiant chest of drawers shown in fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash and ash with an oiled finish.

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  • Our Chichester Tables are part of our Sussex Collection and are available as single tables or as a set of three in ash, oak or walnut.

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  • Our Patchwork sewing desk shown in oak, brown oak and fumed oak, made with our own in-house curved Murano veneers.

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  • Ripples chest of drawers shown in ash, with walnut, ash and cedar drawers.

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We design and make exclusive, contemporary limited-edition and bespoke luxury furniture to provide you with quality, originality and choice. We create contemporary products with a unique signature style for those who enjoy and appreciate accomplished design and excellent craftsmanship, and who are looking for something truly individual.

As a friendly and experienced team, we make the process of commissioning one of our pieces of furniture as flexible, enjoyable and rewarding as possible. We understand that all our clients are different and therefore we tailor our approach to suit you and always maintain a can-do attitude.

Put simply, there are three paths to acquiring a piece of our furniture. Which one suits you best will depend on your design flexibility, time capacity and budget.

Purchase a Stocked item: This is the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective option and ideal for those wishing to purchase an Edward Johnson piece immediately.

Commission a Limited-Edition item: As-seen, or tailored to your specific requirements: i.e. alternative timber combinations and small design tweaks. This is ideal for those who like one of our existing designs but may wish to tailor it to meet their specific requirements without the time commitment, design unknowns and premium cost of a bespoke piece.

Collaborate on a Bespoke design: This service is ideal for those who want something truly individual and are happy to spend the time collaborating on their own bespoke design.

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Spotlight on Steam Bending
14th January 2020
For those that are familiar with our work will know that, more often than not, it involves many curved elements. We frequently get asked if we steam bend our timber, especially with regards to our Freeform technique and design style. Most of the time the answer to this question is no, as most of our curved timbers are constructed using various laminating processes and then hand-shaped, methods that have become Ed’s speciality. However, there are some occasions when we do use steam bending to produce certain results. Steam bending is a traditional technique that was once widely used in the production of weapons, tools and vessels and is often used in the manufacture of furniture, crafting of musical instruments such as violins and in boat-building. Steaming bending timber in the workshop Most recently we have been using the technique to design and develop a new piece that will become part of our Sussex Collection. The method is to expose the timber to steam in order to make it pliable. The heat and the moisture from the steam gradually softens the timber’s fibre enough for it to be bent when still warm and hold its shape when it cools. The timber is normally placed in a steam box for a set amount of time depending of the thickness and type of wood. Sometimes this needs to be worked out by trial and error to get it exactly right, however, the general rule of thumb is to allow one hour per inch of timber thickness. Once the timber is ready it gets manually pulled around a former as quickly as possible using a reinforcing metal band to the outside to prevent ‘blowout’. The timber is then clamped into position and is left to cool down and dry. There are both benefits and disadvantages to using steam bending over laminating processes. It can be a lot quicker once you have worked out the timings, there is far less material waste, there is no need to wait for glue to dry, and tighter curves can be achieved. However, on the downside it can take a lot of strength to bend it depending on size, you need to work the timber very quickly, sometimes the timber is prone to splitting and blowout when bent or removed from the mould. Like most things, when choosing which technique to use it is all about having the knowledge and experience to be able achieve the desired outcome with the best results. <back to blog
MAISON & OBJET, Paris 2020
8th January 2020
We are very pleased to announce that Edward Johnson will be exhibiting for the first time at MAISON&OBJET in Paris from 17th – 21st January 2020. MAISON&OBJET is celebrating its 25th year with ‘(RE) GENERATION!’ being the inspiration for January’s show. It is the ‘international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends through its shows, events and its digital platform'. Edward hopes to make an impact and perpetuate a ‘ripple effect’ for his unique brand and individual design style by showing a selection of pieces from his Ripples, Murano and Sussex Collections. The work selected for this exhibition demonstrates strong conceptual ideas, from reflecting ripples in water to mirroring the growth rings of a tree. Many of the pieces also blur the boundaries between art and design, form and function. Edward has also been selected for the What’s New? ‘Ritualist’ showcase exhibition curated by François Bernard. Where you will see his Chichester Mirror and Squaring the Circle jewellery box. ‘Over 3000 brands, several conferences with some of the biggest names in design with "What's New" spaces dedicated to the latest trends and much more!’ If you would like to visit us, you will find us in hall 5a - stand M24 in the Signature: Unique and Eclectic section. We would love to see your there! Maison et Objet: 17 - 21 January 2020Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, Villipinte, Francewww.maison-objet.com/en ‘To celebrate its 25th birthday, MAISON &OBJET has decided to fix its eyes firmly on the future and explore the new trends in consumer behaviour being driven by generations Y and Z. The self-evident theme, “(RE) GENERATION”, will run throughout 2020. January’s edition will decipher the desires and expectations of an “engaged generation” that has grown up in a world of crises affecting the economy, the environment, identities and migration.’ Download our Press Release <back to blog