Under the spotlight: brass studding.
A flourish seen on traditional furniture from across Europe – particularly British, French and Swedish – lines of brass studding lend a design an antique air. From the Astor ottomans to the Rouen stools, this longstanding technique is one of our favourite finishing touches.
Made from pure brass with an antiqued finish, pots of studs are emptied and taken in cautious handfuls with a hammer in tow. Not only do they look the part, but they serve a purpose too – to secure the fabric in place. The most difficult part is making sure the tension of the fabric is right. Corners and curves are the most difficult, so designs like the Rouen stool are a real challenge.
The fabric is aligned and three studs are applied loosely to hold a rough shape. Starting from the front, the artisan gathers the cloth and folds it underneath itself so the smooth edge rests on the ridge of the frame. Tucked in a little more so the fit is snug, a hammer finalises things. The initial setup is crucial. Once the hammer does its job there’s no going back.