Hand-made from start to finish – crafting the Sullivan side tables.
Gentle sparks fly to the sound of a static zapping and a mixture of wire, gas and molten steel fills the air. It’s a tart, but not-so-unpleasant, sulphuric aroma that emanates throughout the metal workshop.
Mr Rambaby, a welder for fifteen years, fuses the joints of a Sullivan side table using a MIG [Metal Inert Gas] welder, gas softly roaring as it shoots out of the nozzle.
The crafting of the tabletop begins with the laminating of mango wood. Seasoned planks are fastened to each other using a wood adhesive and then put into a towering clamp carrier, bonding them together. It stands in the middle of the room, slowly turning like a Ferris wheel.
A modern-industrial design, our carpenters distress the tabletop using a wood plane to give the Sullivan that slightly weathered look. It takes two men, holding the plane at either end, working it back and forth over the surface, lightly shaving the timber.
In the finishing workshop the workers refer to themselves as the Spray Men. With steady hands and a sharp eye, they seal the mango wood tabletop and lacquer the steel base, ensuring the surfaces are evenly covered.
At the end of the day the artisans enjoy a chai and a chat surrounded by the warm woody tones and contemporary colours of the completed Sullivan side tables.
Take a closer look at our Sullivan collection.