“We use our hands, and we use them well”
Bronze casting has a long tradition, with earliest Bronze arte-facts found in South East Asia some 5000 years ago. This invention influenced Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and countless more modern masters like Rodin and Giacometti.
We want to honour and revive the use of bronze for furniture. We use the same techniques traditionally applied only to Objet d'art.. Thailand is globally respected for its unsurpassable bronze work, perfected over time through intricately cast sculptures of lord Buddha.
Armando, our Italian bronze-master, normally works exclusively for the Vatican: we are blessed…
Fantastic tables made with Old PlanksWe are not Greener then your average Martian, but we really don't like huge trees to be cut. We source reclaimed wood from colonial era houses, fill up old holes from wooden pegs and plugs and turn them into, well, Fantastic Tables.
When size matters!Use our Haute Manufacture Service to create your special FTOP. 3.50m long? Done! Use it like any other table, no white gloves needed, not even when the postman rings twice… Inspired by Jessica Lang, Rodin & The Romans: Slow Furniture, which will last a lifetime (or 3)
Bronze Low Tables
Our BLTs are a nightmare to make:
We love to cook, eat, drink and party. All big moments in life are celebrated around a table, the true centre of a home. Some, like Jack Nicholson in The Postman... or Pacino in Scarface, found other ways to enjoy one. Whichever your vice, chances are a table is near... so why not get a nice one? One your children will actually love to inherit.
20h (!) for one little side-table. We extrude the brass rods, cut them in perfect sized sections, engrave our logo, calculate the angles and cut them in 3-point joints, weld them as perfect as hands can, clean up the residue, polish the weld-marks, correct the corners, sand the rods, purify them, heat them with a torch, cool, patinate and coat them. Meanwhile tops need to be cast in Bronze, with a structure, must perfectly fit its destined frame, 8mm thick but flat as a pan-cake. Tables? Sculptures? Same skills.
Do not try this at home!
Shiny, happy people
Belgian Eli Vermeulen is an antiques restorer who trained our staff in the fine art of French polishing. Introduced from Asia into Europe in the early 1600's, refined in France during the 18th and 19th centuries, French-Polish was still the finish of choice of 80% of all furniture in the 1930's
It is now a dying art...
We are the only workshop in Thailand that masters this ancient art. We make our own shellac solutions and follow century old manuals, to spectacular result. From 17th century India, to 18th century France, refined in 19th and 20th century Europe, passed on in 21st century Thailand: aged Cross cultural creations
Brazilian wax & the works
We don't just take care of our wood, we feed it! Eli Vermeulen, our antiques restorer, researched 18th century French manuals for recipes to make wax. We use pure beeswax, combined with Carnauba from Brazil and colophonium. We use very little solvents. We warm this hard wax au bain marie' till it is liquid and hot. We then slightly heat the wood, till the pores open. With a spatula we carefully rub in the wax, so it can deeply penetrate the wood. We remove the surplus wax with a tool we copied from the original in the manual, let the wax dry, rub fiercely with a sturdy brush and finish with a good polish.
No secrets, no magic, just a few tricks, willing, able hands and a decent dose of experience.