Hand-made from start to finish: crafting the Marylebone desk.

Moving her arm back and forth, the back end of a hammer wrapped around an old nail, Fu Jiao yanks the metal out of the wood plank. Sourced from irreparable homes anywhere between 40 and 100 years old, the reclaimed pine used in the making of the Marylebone desk must be washed, dried, and any remaining hardware removed before our artisans can begin to craft it into furniture.

 

desk, modern country style

 The leg’s texture is rough and must be sanded by hand. Fixed in a machine that sets it spinning, an artisan holds a small piece of sandpaper against it, ripping and folding it into smaller pieces as he works around the finer details. It’s a difficult process and requires intense focus. Only a handful of artisans have the ability to achieve that perfectly smooth finish.

 

desk, modern country style

 More reclaimed pine is brought in and cut to shape for the desk’s upper body, with grooves on either corner cut to fit the top of each leg like a hand in a glove. Once slotted together the desk can stand perfectly, but the artisans fasten pieces together with two large screws to ensure they’re firmly held in place.

 

desk, modern country style

 Once assembled, the Marylebone is sanded, stained, and hand-painted in French White. For the finishing touch, an artisan gently sands the outer edges, sometimes manoeuvering the desk in order to reach the right place, sometimes manoeuvering his own body. The result is a piece that’s grand, but homey, dignified but comfortable, automatically imbued with a quaint country grace.

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