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Philosophies and Principles

A continuous learning and understanding of the classical Chinese furniture style to revive the art in its original form by replicating styles and principles of both design and construction, free from the constraints of modern mass production techniques.
The inspired use of carefully hand selected woods and the combination of ingenious joinery leads to a strikingly beautiful balance of form. Wood is matched very carefully. The joinery takes into account strength and aesthetics: that is the continuity of wood grain or flow. Design principles are strictly adhered to for all designs and are in relation to the classical style. Ornamentation such as carving is used for both aesthetic and auspicious reasons.

Carving on Rose Chair

All metal fittings (handles, hinges) are made by using hand techniques such as forging and cold-working with the traditional designs. Joinery is hand cut using hand tools (pull saws and chisels, etc.) Machining is only employed at the start of a piece and only acts to facilitate the areas which during the 'Golden Age', would have been done by specialists (eg. sawyers) or apprentices. All detailing and finishing is executed by hand.Chinese architectural principles have always emphasised the economical use of precious woods and this is always a priority when selecting materials for the designs to bring out the best features.
The overall creation should not only appeal aesthetically but it should last the life of the wood.

Last modified: 25th March 2003

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