Three is the magic number. Designer, Maker, User.
With the very nature of working on bespoke design projects, each brief is unique, focusing on the Client's specific requirements and preferences. This can often be born out of a very definite and well-researched design brief, or sometimes can be much more of a protracted design process stemming from a collaborative design approach between the User, Designer and Maker.
Most Shape designs commence with a quick fluid sketch to scope out the basis of the design project. This often starts with the configuration requirements of the pieces of furniture, closely followed by the concept of the pieces. For example, fitted furniture may be a progression of timber finishes around the building.
Once the configuration of the furniture is agreed, the Shape studio team start to experiment with contrasting materials and finishes. As our work will form part of a wider considered internal context, Shape will often take references from the existing material context. Our designers like to be playful with palettes, which may result in an existing material being used and re-imagined in a different way.
After the final design workshop with our Clients, the interior package is handed over to the in-house modelling and fabrication team. Shape's technical supervisor works with the design, creating an effective method of crafting and cutting the furniture. Computer modelling and CNC cutting enables our designers to apply a high level of precision to all individual pieces which does not detract from the 'hand made', tactile nature of all Shape joinery.
Once the fabrication drawings are agreed the joinery is cut in our workshop and assembled by a highly skilled team of cabinet makers and finishers. It is here that ever corner, joint, fixing and cabinet face is carefully checked, before being sent to site for fitting.
Designing does not finish with the assembly of the furniture. As a team of Designers, Technicians, Architects and Craftsmen, Shape prides itself on revisiting work to refine design process, exploring a previous detail helps to reinforce our own learning.