Spotlight on Murano

September 17, 2019


Edward sees this process as a way:

‘to manipulate the grain of the wood as an artist would
manipulate paint with a brush’.


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 working on the Murano Cento dining table in the workshop.

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 Murano technique.

 Samples of our Murano veneers in: oak, olive ash and ash: fumed oak and brown oak; ash and olive ash: oak, brown oak and fumed oak; elm and fumed oak; walnut and fumed oak.
Samples of our Murano veneers in: oak, olive ash and ash; fumed oak and brown oak; ash and olive ash; oak, brown oak and fumed oak; elm and fumed oak; walnut and fumed oak.

Murano Collection

The Murano Collection was originally inspired by a visit to the island of Murano, where Venetian master craftsmen have been producing glassware for centuries, by floating layers of different coloured glass through one another to produce exquisite patterns.

Our Murano veneers have been developed and perfected in our workshop and are all made in-house. They have been adapted to form wavy, radial and straight designs. Each veneer uses contrasting timbers to add texture or to create a blended effect. The various patterns result in carefully matched sweeping lines and curves that engulf the entire surface of the furniture.

This collection again stems from Edward’s interest and expertise in laminating. This time his aim was to develop an organic free-flowing form reminiscent of Venetian glass. To create this effect, hundreds of thin strips of wood are cut in the workshop and reconfigured, resulting in sweeping lines and curves bringing soft and organic patterns to the angular forms.

The Murano veneers can be constructed in a wide range and combination of timbers and applied to almost any of our designs.

Read more about Edward’s ‘Family Tree’ concept that adds an extra dimension and personalises our Murano commissions.

‘Radiant’ chest of drawers

Front view of our Radiant chest of drawers, showing our curved Murano veneers graduating from fumed oak to ash from top to bottom.

The Radiant chest of drawers is made from fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash and ash.
Dimensions: 110cm (w) x 85cm (h) x 42cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Radiant’ desk

Radiant desk showing our curved Murano veneers. The top of the desk is reminiscent of the annual growth rings of a tree.

The Radiant desk is made from fumed oak and brown oak.
Dimensions: 198cm (w) x 75cm (h) x 75cm (d).
Read more here.

The Radiant desk was awarded a prestigious Bespoke Guild Mark in 2019 (Guild Mark No. 475). 

‘Family Tree’ heirloom box

Elm and fumed oak 'family tree' bespoke heirloom box with top tray open.

The Family Tree heirloom box shown in elm and fumed oak.
Dimensions: 38cm (w) x 15cm (h) x 23.5cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Squaring the Circle’ jewellery box

Squaring the Circle bespoke limited-edition elm jewellery box

The Squaring the Circle jewellery box is made from elm and maple.
Dimensions: 18cm (w) x 19cm (h) x 18cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Patchwork’ sewing desk

A front elevation view of the sewing desk.

The Patchwork sewing desk is made from oak, brown oak and fumed oak.
Dimensions: 170cm – extending to 230cm (w) x 78cm (h) x 65cm – extending to 130cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Murano’ sideboard

Murano sideboard showing our wavy Murano veneer in ash and olive ash.

The Murano sideboard is made from ash, olive ash, fumed oak and brown oak.
Dimensions: 186cm (w) x 116 (h) x 48cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Centrum I’ chest of drawers

Front view of Centrum chest of drawers. Showing our curved Murano veneers in walnut radiating out from a central oak core.

The Centrum chest of drawers is made from walnut with an oak starburst and oak interior.
Dimensions: 65cm (w) x 59cm (h) x 47cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Centrum II’ chest

Front view of Centrum chest with our curved veneers shown with the top open showing the cedar interior and our silver maker's mark.

The Centrum chest is made from oak, brown oak, scorched oak and cedar.
Dimensions: 180cm (w) x 57.5cm (h) x 50cm (d).
Read more here.

‘Murano Cento’ dining table

Table shown fully extended in a dining room setting.

The Murano Cento extending dining table is made from walnut with brushed brass effect legs.
Dimensions: 75cm (h) x 110cm (d) x 240cm extending to 410cm (l).
Read more here.

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