Cham­pi­oning crafts­man­ship


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CON­TEM­PO­RARY FUR­NI­TURE MAK­ERS Pinch, aka de­sign­ers Rus­sell Pinch and Oona Ban­non, are fer­vent ad­vo­cates of Bri­tish crafts­man­ship. This year they are cel­e­brat­ing the com­plex art of mar­quetry with the glam­orous Elan Ar­moire. Its ori­gins are as per­sonal as they are artis­tic for Rus­sell. It was his fa­ther, de­signer and crafts­man John Pinch, who in­spired him to be­come a fur­ni­ture maker, and the mar­quetry de­sign for the ar­moire closely re­sem­bles a lime­stone sculp­ture made by John. After in­ter­pret­ing its del­i­cate shape as a line draw­ing, Rus­sell worked with a spe­cial­ist mar­quetry stu­dio to cre­ate an ab­stract in­lay, which his work­shop ap­plied to the cab­i­net front. ‘We took in­spi­ra­tion from a 3D sculp­ture and sought to con­vey the same sense of soft phys­i­cal­ity,’ he says.

The mar­quetry de­sign was ini­tially painted full-size in Pinch’s London stu­dio so that he could ex­per­i­ment with var­i­ous colour mixes. Three birch ve­neers were cho­sen to match the soft shade com­bi­na­tions and lay­ered across the ar­moire doors in el­e­gant, neb­u­lous shapes. Mean­while, ‘the be­spoke han­dles and hinges were 3D-printed and cast in cop­per-plated brass’, he says.

The cab­i­net was de­vel­oped for clothes stor­age, but, says Rus­sell, can also be built for use in the liv­ing area. ‘The in­ter­nal lad­der sys­tem, which is based on a tra­di­tional tech­nique for cre­at­ing ad­justable shelv­ing, al­lows peo­ple to select their own hang­ing rail, shelf and drawer com­bi­na­tions.’ To prove the point, Elan will be shown in a din­ingroom set­ting in Mi­lan, demon­strat­ing the way its pow­er­ful yet grace­ful pres­ence lifts the look of any space.

Pinch is show­ing at Me­di­ateca Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova 28, 20121 Mi­lan. Elan Ar­moire, £8,450, pinchde­

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