Collaboration results in stunning new furniture

Sep 1, 2013 in Chris Tribe Blog | No Comments

Maple sideboard with marquetry doors

Back in 2011 I worked with Christine Meyer-Eaglestone on the Opposites: Circles and stripes side board. The piece was made especially for the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design Exhibition in Cheltenham. The excellent reception the piece received in Cheltenham made Christine and I resolve to collaborate again. Well, we have finally got round to it, completing two pieces in the same week.

Grid IV, a low sideboard in maple with Christine’s trade mark marquetry doors was again made for the CCD where the piece again wowed the visitors and drew much favourable comment. Christine designed the piece whilst I made the solid maple carcase and fitted the doors. The door fitting was particularly challenging as Christine’s linear design required very precise alignment, this was achieved using very high quality Brusso pivot hinges and careful fitting. The height of the sideboard follows the recent trend for more low level furniture. This allows placement of a flat screen TV or large object d’art which would be out of place on a taller piece. I like the vivid red veneer on the back of the door that is highlighted by the ebony stinging on the edge, it’s little details like this that transform a good piece into an outstanding piece. More details about the exhibition and an interview with Christine talking about her work can be seen here

We have also been working on an unusual record cabinet for a furniture collector in London. The customer had strong views about the detail of the cabinet, particularly the dimensions and proportions, where possible these were incorporated into the design. Again Christine cut and laid the marquetry for the door whilst I did the construction and door fitting. Notice that the back of the door is also decorated. Yet again hinging the overlaid gabled door provided a particular challenge; we needed a perfect fit but with no evidence of hinging when the door was closed. This was achieved by using precision barrel hinges which fit into holes drilled into the front of the carcase and the back of the door. The carcase is solid American walnut with a maple “roof”.

Christine’s geometric designs are all hand cut using often quite vividly coloured reconstructed wood, as well as conventional veneers. Hand cutting allows her to develop a design organically, using her extensive collection of veneers like a painter’s pallet.

All the marquetry furniture I make with Christine are unique, she never repeats herself! If you would like to commission a special piece please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christine Meyer-Eaglestone

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