Hand-made from start to finish – crafting the Rouen stool.

Petite and perfectly formed, the Rouen was one of our earliest French-style pieces and remains one of our most-coveted designs to this day.

 

Stool, French-style

The mango wood we use is well-seasoned to avoid cracking and warping. The frame’s raw components are sawn into rough shapes and guided through the saw by hand to create the basic curve of a cabriole leg and a scrolled back.

 

Stool, French-style

The carving is one of the Rouen’s defining features and watching it really is incredible. Akbar tucks himself away, cushion underneath, and locks the block of mango wood with his bare feet. He sketches out the design and works faster than we’d expected. The rest of the workshop is busy and loud. This area is the exact reverse. It’s calm with curls of wood shavings on the floor.

 

Stool, French-style

Maghraj assembles the frame. The scrolled back is his favourite part.

 

Stool, French-style

The constructed frames are treated to protect them before having a lime-wash effect applied. They use a sponge so every nook is reached. Once dried they sand the entire piece by hand, feeling for any rough patches. At the same time, the fabric is prepared with chalk, tape measures and beautiful fabric scissors.

 

Stool, French-style

Webbing is woven onto the frame, coarsely textured hessian on top of that, before the fabric is pinned into place with rounded brass studs. They take it outside to inspect it in the natural light. And then it’s over to our Quality Guardians.

 

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