Spotlight on RipplesSeptember 12, 2019
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 describes his work as:
‘being led by a core desire to challenge and innovate’.
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 Ripples technique.
All our Rippled furniture is made using a unique technique that has been developed and perfected by Edward Johnson.
The Ripples technique pushes laminating in a whole new direction with the principal intention to create elegant, clean and fluid forms which allow the materials to provide the detail. Inspired by the action of a stone dropping into water, Edward’s concept was to give the illusion of concentric ripples engulfing the entire form; bringing movement, life and softness to the surfaces.
Edward spent many hours designing, refining and prototyping this technique to enable the successful crafting of this unique rippled effect in timber, fully exploring the constructional details and calculating the parameters and limitations of the material.
Edward’s exploratory approach can be traced back to his university research, when he first began to explore different methods of bending and forming timber in three dimensions. Edward has been developing his techniques and methodologies ever since and this has led to his finely-honed and innovative techniques.
The rippled concept can be applied to nearly any piece of furniture with any desired function, in almost any wood.
‘Ripples’ chest of drawers
The Ripples chest of drawers is made from ash, with walnut, ash and cedar drawers.
Dimensions: 140cm (w) x 95cm (h) x 45cm (d).
Ripples won the Wood Awards in 2013 – The UK’s premier award for excellence in design in wood.
‘Bog Oak Ripples’ chest
The Bog Oak Ripples chest is made in 5000+ year-old bog oak with an interior of book-matched olive ash burr.
Dimensions: 128cm (w) x 55cm (h) x 50cm (d).
The Bog Oak Ripples chest was awarded a prestigious Bespoke Guild Mark in 2016 (Guild Mark No. 460).
‘Orbis’ drinks cabinet
The Orbis drinks cabinet is made in walnut with a quarter sawn oak interior and scorched oak base.
Dimensions: 165cm (w) x 93cm (h), 54cm (d).
The Orbis drinks cabinet was awarded a prestigious Bespoke Guild Mark in 2016 (Guild Mark No. 458).
‘Reflection’ linen chest
The Reflection linen chest is made from limed ash with an interior of book-matched olive ash burr.
Dimensions: 127cm (w) x 48cm (h) x 47cm (d).
‘Splash’ coffee table
The Splash coffee table is made from light blue bird’s-eye maple and glass.
Dimensions: 100cm (w) x 45cm (h) x 100cm (d).
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