During the workshop at our showroom we looked at the first batch of shop drawings that our CAD team produced, and started to discuss with the designers the best way forward. We discussed design the details and made some technical suggestions for some of the pieces. We then red-lined the drawings to show the changes and sent these back to the CAD team for revision. A few drawings were immediately approved, and some needed a few revisions before being signed off.
Elicyon for Bespoke By Decca London - revision of the shop drawings
It was good to see the enthusiasm with which our finish library was approached for this task. Many chose from our bespoke finishes, but some of our standard finishes, like the Burnished Bronze were also selected. Finishes varied from high-gloss rosewoods to matt open-pore oak. Many also made use of Decca’s ability to work with many different materials, and so there is a good mixture of inlay details, both metal and wood, and some stone surfaces. Attention was also given to the veneer lay-up options with some interesting patterns being put forward. We were on hand to offer advice on particular finish details and looked at metal options. We also looked to create new unique finishes using our existing samples as a reference point. Our factory will produce a set of these chosen finishes for each of the collections, and these will also be shown at Focus /16.
The prototype is the key to gaining a better understanding of how the finished piece will look and also how it will work. For this exercise we selected a mixture of upholstered and case goods. The upholstered pieces will be shown as full size prototypes, but unfinished and in calico fabric, with the purpose of testing for comfort and proportions.
Some of the casegoods we selected were large pieces, like a bar cabinet and credenzas. For these the emphasis was on how the finishes work together. To understand the relation between finish, colour and texture we developed a section of the prototype piece. These typically tend to be a door section but in some cases we’ve created a specially designed piece that takes into account the scale and combination of finishes.
MKV Design for Bespoke By Decca - sketches and shop drawings
It is often the case that further development is needed once a prototype is created and carefully examined. New things come to light and the actual object can cast a new perspective on how best to continue the manufacturing process. We hope that the combination of drawings, finishes and prototypes will give the audience a good feel for what the designer is attempting to achieve. The top 3 collections from the public vote will go through to a panel of high profile judges with the winning collection going into production. This new capsule collection will eventually be featured on our new website which also launches in September.