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Evolution of Tradition Exhibition
13th September 2018
We are delighted to be participating in the Evolution of Tradition exhibition at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London from Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th October 2018. The Evolution of Tradition is an exciting new luxury selling exhibition bringing together the very best contemporary bespoke furniture made in the UK, from designer-makers from across the country. This exhibition consolidates traditional principles with a contemporary outlook. If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘things aren’t made how they used to be’ this exhibition will provide plenty of evidence to the contrary. The work exhibited in ‘Evolution of Tradition’ is of the very highest standard and will certainly expel any misconceptions about the loss of craftmanship and skills by demonstrating the very best in contemporary bespoke furniture design. All the designer-makers in this specially selected exhibition have one thing in common: they all hold at least one prestigious Bespoke Guild Mark awarded by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers*. To be awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark each designer-maker not only needs to demonstrate the highest quality in craftsmanship, but also show innovation and excellence in design. Edward will be showing his Splash coffee table, set of three Chichester Tables and Radiant desk.     Evolution of Tradition A CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE, CRAFTSMANSHIP & CREATIVITY IN FURNITURE 2nd - 5th October 2018, 9.30am - 5.30pm daily Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE Please see more about the event here: Admission is free and all welcome. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE The exhibition is a collaboration between The Furniture Makers’ Company and the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. *A Bespoke Guild Mark ‘rewards excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for pieces [of furniture] made as single items or a limited run of up to 12.’ Only 468 Bespoke Guild Marks have been awarded by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, formed as a Guild in 1952. (We are very proud to say Ed has three!)     <back to blog
Making ‘Radiant’ Furniture
30th April 2018
These two new pieces of furniture, ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers and ‘Radiant’ desk, are the latest commissions from the Edward Johnson Murano Collection. Central to each piece in the collection is the use of his own in-house veneers. These have been developed and perfected in the workshop to produce wavy, straight, curved or radial effects in beautiful and contrasting timbers, that once oiled enhances the rich and unique characteristics of each chosen material. The original ‘wavy’ Murano veneer was inspired by a visit to the island of Murano, Venice. Venetian master craftsmen have been producing glassware for centuries, by floating layers of different coloured glass through one another to produce exquisite patterns. The principal aim was to develop an organic free-flowing form, to create this effect, hundreds of thin strips of wood are cut in workshop and joined back together using contrasting tones, resulting in sweeping lines and curves that envelop the furniture, bringing a soft, organic surface to the angular forms. Edward has since developed this concept so that the timber radiates from a central core that continues to engulf the entire piece, with careful and precise attention given to the graduating of colour and tone. The ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers is made from fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash and ash. It blends progressively from dark to light, starting at the semi-circular core at the top, that radiates outwards and continues to flow down the front and the sides of the cabinet. The drawer fronts are gently curved, along with the base. The ‘Radiant’ desk takes on a sculptural asymmetrical design that utilises the ‘Murano’ veneers in a similar way to the ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers, however, this time constructed from fumed and brown oak. The veneers flow seamlessly from the top ‘core’ radiating outwards and down both sides of the feature aerofoil shaped legs.   [caption id="attachment_958" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Radiant chest of drawers - ref. 1738[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_979" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Radiant desk - ref. 1741[/caption]   <back to blog