#oak bench

4 years ago · 7 min read
Wu, Cong Yan, 39 – Sander.

“I grew up in Guangxi where the air is good and you’re surrounded by mountains. I just loved playing in the mountains. Those kinds of things really inform who you are. We go back to visit once a year.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Wang, Jian Bing, 33 – wood carver.

“I love playing computer games like Call of Duty. I’m pretty good at it. I play against other people on the Internet but, if I’m being honest, I prefer playing it outside of online competitions – it’s a form of relaxation to me.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Buck, Zeng, 43 – head of QC.

“In my spare time I play a lot of basketball. As you can see, I’m pretty tall. I started playing at university and I still play regularly. These days it’s more about keeping fit and messing around with the boys than playing anything really competitive.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight: hand-carving the Juliette’s legs.

We recognise the entrance to the carving section of the workshop before it’s pointed out to us. Stacks of legs for our Juliette bench sit piled up on either side of the door, giving it away better than any sign could. They arrive turned, ready for our artisans to artfully carve out the details that give […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight – obtaining the Juliette’s weathered finish.

It’s quiet in the finishing section of the workshop where our artisan runs a thick paintbrush over the oak frame of a Gustavian-style Juliette bench, covering it in a pristine white. It’s the first step in a finishing process that results in one of the defining characteristics of this late 18th century Swedish design movement […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
Ge, Xiao Xie, 44, seamstress.

“I was born in an area with lots of mountains, trees and rolling hills. I used to sit and do my homework in the shade of a tree, looking up at a mountain. It sounds very romantic now but I didn’t enjoy studying – I only did what I had to do!”