Spotlight on FreeformSeptember 26, 2019
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know
to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’
Edward Johnson’s work is the product of a deep understanding of his materials and the desire to explore its possibilities. His creative approach allows him to think outside of the box and push the boundaries of his materials.
Edward’s designs are often conceptually based, but with form and function always at the fore. He perceives both beauty and usefulness in equal parts when designing and developing his ideas into thought-provoking, fluid and tactile forms. One of his principal aims is to challenge our understanding of what is possible, which he achieves through creative aptitude and his mastered ability to engineer in wood.
Here we throw the spotlight onto his Freeform technique.
The Freeform Collection pushes laminating to its limits in a very different way to the methods adopted for the Ripples and Murano Collection. The sweeping curved elements used in the construction are made from one continuous length of timber, using various moulding techniques to shape and manipulate the material. Each curved element is then finished by hand using various spoke-shaves, requiring outstanding craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail.
Typically, during the research and development stages of our freeform pieces, small-scale models and prototypes are made. Unusually, these often include sections made at actual size, in order to gauge the stresses, strains and limitations on the timber in each unique case.
‘Ligamentum I’ coffee table
The Ligamentum I coffee table is made from walnut and glass.
Dimensions: 160cm (w) x 45cm (h) x 75cm (d).
‘Ligamentum II’ Chaise longue
The Ligamentum II chaise longue is made from walnut and a Mulberry fabric.
Dimensions: 200cm (w) x 75cm (h) x 75cm (d).
‘Ligamentum III’ chaise longue
The Ligamentum III chaise longue is made from oak with a Skopos fabric.
Dimensions: 190cm (w) x 80cm (d) x 90cm (h).
‘Clover’ coffee table
The Clover coffee table is made from oak, fumed oak and glass with brass detailing.
Dimensions: 100cm (diam) x 45cm (h).
Read more here.
‘Splay’ dining chairs
‘Undressed’ clothes valet
Dimensions: 77.5cm (h) x 51.5cm (w) x 27.5cm (d).
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