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Small businesses need your support!
31st March 2020
Dear friends, colleagues and clients, I wanted to write an appeal given the current challenges that thousands of businesses are facing across the country and indeed worldwide. Small businesses far and wide need your support! The country is facing a major problem with both supply and demand of products and whilst the headline news is focused on increased demand in supermarkets, many other sectors are experiencing a dramatic decrease in business. My concerns for small businesses far and wide, are not just for the coming weeks, but the coming months. We, like many others, have already experienced the immediate effects with projects being cancelled at short notice. Naturally our focus is on the here and now, but sadly this problem is not going away any time soon! I implore you not to freeze but to continue with life as best you can in these challenging circumstances, albeit from the safety of your home for those who are able. Government support may go some way to getting businesses through the coming weeks, but we will need your support to keep us busy through the coming months. With your support we can get through this and also keep our loyal and talented team together. Most of our work is done remotely and commissions can, on the whole, be instigated through emails, phone calls, skype or facetime. We also have an excellent selection of stocked furniture that is ready and waiting to be delivered through non-contact means. I wish you all the best and I hope you remain safe and healthy!Best wishes Ed
Open Studio 2020
27th March 2020
Photograph courtesy Alan Frost Understandably so, this year’s Chichester Art Trail has been cancelled. However, given our particular situation and location we believe that we can still put on a safe show. We are opening the workshop and studio for two days on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May, 10.30am - 5pm daily. We have an airy workshop and studio where you can keep your distance. We are planning a steam-bending demonstration that will take place outside in the fresh air. As much as it pains me to say, we will be encouraging people to use their eyes and avoid touching the furniture. Of course, you can always buy the piece of furniture and touch it to your heart’s content at home :) Time slots:For those visitors who have extra concerns we would encourage you to book a 30 minute private time slot with us ahead of the day and we will keep the workshop closed for your particular booking. Please either call us on 01243 696606 or email us via our contact form to book one of the available appointments below: Saturday 2 May 2020TimeSunday 3 May 2020TimeAvailable10.30am - 11.00amAvailable10.30am - 11.00am Available 11.00am - 11.30amAvailable 11.00am - 11.30am Available 11.30am - 12.00pmAvailable 11.30am - 12.00pm Available 12.00pm - 12.30pmAvailable 12.00pm - 12.30pm Available 12.30pm - 1.00pmAvailable 12.30pm - 1.00pm Available 1.00pm - 1.30pmAvailable 1.00pm - 1.30pm Available 1.30pm - 2.00pmAvailable 1.30pm - 2.00pm Available 2.00pm - 2.30pmAvailable2.00pm - 2.30pmAvailable 2.30pm - 3.00pmAvailable 2.30pm - 3.00pm Available 3.00pm - 3.30pmAvailable 3.00pm - 3.30pm Available 3.30pm - 4.00pmAvailable 3.30pm - 4.00pm Available 4.00pm - 4.30pmAvailable 4.00pm - 4.30pm Available 4.30pm - 5.00pm Available 4.30pm - 5.00pm Article correct as written Friday 20th March 2020. <back to blog
Photography by Alan Frost
26th March 2020
A selection of photographs of the Edward Johnson workshop taken by photographer Alan Frost. Very recently, before ‘social distancing’ and the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’, photographer Alan Frost visited our workshop and studio. Ed first met Alan back in November 2019, when they were both exhibiting their work at The House at Hill Lane, in a ‘pop-up’ exhibition hosted by contemporary textile artist Polly Meynell. As Alan explains on his blog, ‘I couldn’t help but admire Ed’s work and asked if him if it might be possible to visit his studio and photograph his team at work. I wasn’t seeking a commission, I just wanted to do it for my own enjoyment, but I did offer him a set of photographs which he could use for his own publicity’. Consequently, Alan has kindly given us permission to publish his stunning photographs. Alan worked very discreetly whilst everyone continued with their work. It has been a pleasure to view the fruits of his labour and see our workplace through fresh eyes. Obviously, we are used to viewing our own product shots, however, it is only human nature to become so familiar with your everyday surroundings that you miss the finer details. This familiarity often means we miss the exquisite details and different perspective that a creative photographer like Alan would seek out and turn into an image of beauty. You will see our Sussex Chairs in production and some candid shots of us all at work. It is with great pleasure that we share a selection of his images, whilst hopefully sharing some good cheer in these unprecedented times. Thank you Alan! Read Alan’s blog. View Alan’s website. <back to blog
Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine
26th March 2020
We are very pleased to be featured in this month's Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. The article is an interview with Edward and the Furniture Makers' Company after his Radiant Desk was awarded a prestigious Bespoke Guild Mark (No. 473) in 2019. The Radiant desk forms part of Edward’s Murano Collection, where the central feature to each piece in the collection is the use of our own in-house 'Murano' 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 desk is made from fumed and brown oak. The top of the desk starts with a small semi-circular fumed oak centre, that flows seamlessly from the ‘core’ radiating outwards, evoking the growth rings of a tree. The contrasting pattern continues to flow down both sides of the feature aerofoil-shaped legs, reminiscent of fin keels of a boat. As well as our Murano veneers, another significant element is the use of a stack laminating technique to form the legs, that are then hand-shaped and sculpted. This piece is all about beautiful curves, contrast and pattern. Example of hand-shaping and sculpting stacked-laminated elements. This commissioned project was two-fold - with the main desk to be made as a free-standing future heirloom piece, but also, to be incorporated into a fitted desk and storage element with the ‘Murano’ veneers flowing into the corner of the room (as shown). The Radiant desk shown incorporated into the fitted desk and storage element. <back to blog
'Made & Ready' Stock Furniture
23rd March 2020
'Made & Ready' stock furniture: Did you know that Edward Johnson offers a selection of furniture ready for delivery to your home? Set of three Chichester Tables and Sussex Chair both made in ash. Here at Edward Johnson there are three main aspects to the business, our 'Made & Ready' furniture stock items, our limited-edition design collection and our complete bespoke service. Alongside our commissioned work, we make our stocked 'Made & Ready furniture items throughout the year. This is certainly the quickest and easiest route for clients to acquire our work, not to mention great value. This collection is ideal for those wishing to view and purchase a piece of limited-edition Edward Johnson furniture 'Made & Ready' and available for purchase and delivery to your home. Our 'Ed, Edd & Eddy' nest of sofa tables are available in a wide range and combination of timbers. Many of our stock items are from our Sussex Collection, including our beautiful Chichester Mirrors, Chichester Tables, Starburst key cabinets and Undressed clothes valets, and of course Edward’s classic Ed, Edd & Eddy nest of sofa tables which quickly became a firm favourite with our clients. We also have stock items from our Murano Collection; our Luna key cabinets and exquisite Squaring the Circle jewellery boxes. Occasionally in this collection, you will also find some of Edward's limited-edition exhibition showpieces, for example, his Bespoke Guild Mark award-winning Orbis drinks cabinet and Splash coffee table.. Ed, Edd & Eddy tiger oak table with Squaring the Circle jewellery boxes. What should you do next? If you are interested, or would like to discuss one of our 'Made & Ready' stock items with us, please call: 01243 696606, email us, or sending us a message via our contact form. <back to blog
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, ‘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