FT article by Jonathan Foyle

November 8, 2017

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“Each finished object bears his hallmarked silver fingerprint, testament to obsessive design and quality.” Jonathan Foyle

This weekend we were delighted to be featured in the House and Home section of the Financial Times Weekend edition. The article featured some fine examples of our bespoke furniture and delved into Edward’s, “dexterity testing materials to the practical limits of design”. This article was published as part of the “ongoing ‘Artisans’ series of over 20 articles, exploring the stories behind threatened or evolving global craft techniques, materials and creativity” written by writer, historian, presenter and broadcaster Jonathan Foyle.

Jonathan has been writing for Financial Times Weekend since 2012, and came across Edward’s recently completed ‘Splash’ coffee table that was featured on the ‘all things art, design and architecture’ online platform Design Milk in September.

FT article by Jonathan Foyle: Edward Johnson's bespoke furniture design

Splash is the latest addition to Edward’s Ripples Collection – a technique that has taken many hours of craftsmanship to perfect. The first piece in the collection was the Ripples chest of drawers, a one- off bespoke piece made from ash, cedar and walnut that went on to win a Wood Award for the bespoke furniture category in 2013.

Two further pieces in the Ripples Collection Orbis and Bog Oak Ripples were awarded Bespoke Guild Marks No. 458 and 460 respectively in 2016. Orbis is a stunning bespoke drinks cabinet beautifully crafted in walnut with scorched oak and brass detailing, that embodies innovation and precision craftsmanship at its best.

Bog Oak Ripples explores the use of bog oak that has been preserved in peat bogs for thousands of years, a material that is particularly hard to work with due to its brittle nature. The rich exterior is complemented by the olive ash burr interior.

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