These two new pieces of furniture, ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers and ‘Radiant’ desk, are the latest commissions from the Edward Johnson Murano Collection. Central to each piece in the collection is the use of his own in-house veneers. These have been developed and perfected in the workshop to produce wavy, straight, curved or radial effects in beautiful and contrasting timbers, that once oiled enhances the rich and unique characteristics of each chosen material.
The original ‘wavy’ Murano veneer was inspired by a visit to the island of Murano, Venice. Venetian master craftsmen have been producing glassware for centuries, by floating layers of different coloured glass through one another to produce exquisite patterns. The principal aim was to develop an organic free-flowing form, to create this effect, hundreds of thin strips of wood are cut in workshop and joined back together using contrasting tones, resulting in sweeping lines and curves that envelop the furniture, bringing a soft, organic surface to the angular forms.
Edward has since developed this concept so that the timber radiates from a central core that continues to engulf the entire piece, with careful and precise attention given to the graduating of colour and tone.
The ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers is made from fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash and ash. It blends progressively from dark to light, starting at the semi-circular core at the top, that radiates outwards and continues to flow down the front and the sides of the cabinet. The drawer fronts are gently curved, along with the base.
The ‘Radiant’ desk takes on a sculptural asymmetrical design that utilises the ‘Murano’ veneers in a similar way to the ‘Radiant’ chest of drawers, however, this time constructed from fumed and brown oak. The veneers flow seamlessly from the top ‘core’ radiating outwards and down both sides of the feature aerofoil shaped legs.