To call this client a furniture connoisseur or aficionado is an understatement.
For the pair of compound cabinets in the dining space, the elegant gourd carving was based on a computer generated model he created using a professional graphics design program. He also single handedly designed the dining table. What makes it most striking is that he is not in the creative industry, but finance.
The dining table shown in the on site photo was the original one he asked another maker to craft for him before he knew about us, pairing it with their standard chairs. The crafting quality however was not quite up to his standard. Many years passed and he finally gathered enough determination to replace the whole set with ours. This time we use the same overall table design, but with our own cracked ice lattice interpretation and slight adjustment of details. The chairs are bespoke version from one of our standard designs, changed to accommodate the unique needs of the client.
The sideboard, wardrobe, AV cabinet and several sets of nested tables then take up different positions of his apartment. He also kindly entrusted us to design and coordinate for a new living space sofa set - one that is similar but more elegant to his old set, and provide hidden storage space.
To slowly carve by hand a relief pictorial pattern is a mighty work in itself. This is made all the more difficult for a refined lacquer finish, which calls for the closing up of the wood pores by repeated cycles of patching, sanding and lacquering processes. These are all executed with extreme care, otherwise the details of the carving will be ruined.
Mass produced products achieve lacquer result over a carved surface quickly by thick coat of chemical lacquer, but it never achieves the warmth and hand feel in a fine finish.