Devon Bespoke Furniture Designer, Samuel F Walsh, Devon gives a detailed overview of the options available when choosing to have bespoke furniture made for your home.
As a bespoke cabinet and furniture maker, Samuel F Walsh is invariably concerned with how pieces of furniture are constructed.
What goes on inside them, how the joints fit, how the drawers run, how it pulls together in a glue-up.
He is concerned with what goes on inside the piece of furniture, how will the piece stand the test of time, its integrity, it wholeness.
Yet someone looking at your piece for the first time will be concerned with none of these things.
They will invariably be concerned with the surface. It is the surface of the piece of furniture by which we make initial judgements.
The top few suggestions are paramount in creating an initial impression. Of course first impressions are not everything but we all want to make a good first impression.
The surface is special and a high polish or shine makes it even more special. We view a polished surface either consciously or unconsciously as somehow more important more cherished and our feelings about the entire object are coloured by these associations.
Associations that this surface has been hand rubbed, burnished, given unnecessary loving care. The shine glitters and catches the eye, displaying the forms and variations within that surface to advantage. Mouldings are highlighted by the shine.
At once spinning along a bright edge creating a visual high note - you feel good about a shiny surface. It implies something out of the common, something of special significance, it's not just dull and dark and dreary. But bright and glittery.