Spotlight on Freeform

September 26, 2019

‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know
to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’

William Morris


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 Johnson using a traditional spoke-shave.

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.

Detail of Ligamentum coffee table showing curved legs.

Freeform Collection:

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

Ligamentum coffee table. The base is made of curving and intertwining legs made in walnut with a glass top.

The Ligamentum I coffee table is made from walnut and glass.
Dimensions: 160cm (w) x 45cm (h) x 75cm (d).

‘Ligamentum II’ Chaise longue

Front view of our Ligamentum II chaise longue with an asymmetrical design. Made from curved walnut frame and legs with fabric upholstery.

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

Front view of our Ligamentum III chaise longue with an asymmetrical design. Made from curved oak frame and legs with fabric upholstery.

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

Side view of our Clover coffee table. The three legs are made from curved oak and fumed oak and intermingle around each other in a continuous loop. The table has a glass top.

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

Side view of the Splay carver chair frame made in walnut and oak, before upholstering.

The Splay high-back and carver dining chairs are made from American walnut with oak detailing.
Dimensions: High-back: 48cm (w) x 100cm (h) x 59cm (d).
Carver: 58cm (w) x 70cm (h) x 59cm (d).

‘Undressed’ clothes valet

A model hanging clothing onto the clothes valet

Dimensions: 77.5cm (h) x 51.5cm (w) x 27.5cm (d).


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