Although craftsmanship is more often associated with rustic simplicity, it’s the essential ingredient of every beautiful, comfortable and sophisticated item of furniture. Giles Kime talks to the people behind the designs on show this month at the Design C
More recently, they have also broadened their range to include furniture that is the product of a similar design philosophy.
‘The collaborative relationship between designer and craftsperson brings value both to the creative process and the authenticity of the piece. We are so reliant on our makers to translate our vision into something tangible as well as taking a concept and elevating it to a new level through their skills and know-how.’
Collaboration is also buried deep within the DNA of Savoir Beds, the company that supplied The Savoy in the early 20th century and which has just opened the doors of its showroom in the Design Centre. According to Alistair Hughes, Savoir’s managing director, this process can be symbiotic. ‘Our craftspeople have a more intimate understanding of both materials and techniques than a designer,’ he says. ‘A great example is the bed that we created with the fashion designer Sacha Walkhoff, creative director at Christian Lacroix. He loved the pocket springs we use in our mattresses and wanted to bring them to the fore in his headboard. To make this possible, we needed the input of highly experienced members of our team Rodica Grigoriou and Arjoon Premaje.’
As well as the possibilities for exciting new forms, craftsmanship also creates opportunities to work with a broader range of materials. ‘At Savoir, we use materials that are no longer in common use, not because they’ve been bettered, but because they require great skill. An example is horsetail—it’s the king of upholstery fillings that acts
A moodboard and a detail from a light at the Porta Romana Surrey workshop