Rupert Bevan was part of London Craft Week which ran 9th – 13th of May this year. Rupert gave a talk and demonstration on a variety of traditional skills including gesso, gilding & verre églomisé and their transfer to modern applications. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend – what a fun evening. Click Read More below to view a video extract of the evening.
Our current obsession with corrugated steel has taken us to play around with corrugated brass. We think this would be a great application for wall panelling in a guest loo, cladding up to dado height or a feature wall. What would you like to do with it?
Corrugated Iron (now not made from iron but steel – however the name remains unchanged) was invented in the 1820s in Britain by Henry Robinson Palmer, architect and engineer to the London Dock Company. It was originally made from wrought iron. It proved to be light, strong, corrosion resistant, and easily transported, and particularly lent itself to prefabricated structures and improvisation by semi-skilled workers. It soon became a common construction material in rural areas around the world and is still widely used as a building material in African slums and informal settlements (townships).
‘Tin Tabernacles – Corrugated Iron Mission Halls, Churches & Chapels of Britian’ written by Ian Smith gives us insight into the great revivals causing the rise of corrugated structures erected for the purpose of religion, some of which can still be seen today. Nick Thomsons book ‘Corrugated Iron Buildings’ features the originally built St Jame’s Espiscopalian Church in 1863 located in Kilburn (last image in the carousel).
Just like Ian Smith & Nick Thomson, we too are struck by this materials ability to charm and give a certain aesthetic beauty.
We wanted to see how this material could change, evolve into something striking, something with a warmth, something utterly fabulous.
Dyed vellum is a very popular finish to various types of furniture. It has a velvety rich texture and works well with other materials. The pallet of colours is endless and the ‘mottled’ look imitates the sky. The darker the colour, the more apparent the variations in tone.
Vellum is prepared animal skin or “membrane” originally used as a material for writing on (parchment – which is made from the split skin of sheep). The term is derived from the Latin word “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French “velin” for “calfskin”. It is typically made from goat or calf skin. Because these skins are smaller than large hides of say cow, there will always be visible joins when used on large area applications.
Vellum’s beauty lies in its velvety rich texture and natural colour variation. Prior to our dyeing technique being applied the skins go through a process of bleaching. Skins which already has natural darker areas, will remain darker during this process and a type of mottling ‘sky’ effect is the result once dye has been applied. Therefore no skin is the same and it is a beautiful thing. Its versatile and used in many bespoke furniture we have and continue to make.
The last image in the carousel above shows a faux vellum application which mirrors the look in detail and is a more cost effective and vegan friendly option.
The charming and talented Janine Stone has recently written a very informative article on this very subject. Rupert Bevan is honored to have been asked to provide his advice.
Commissioning bespoke furniture is often quite a daunting process. However, it need not be!
Read Janine’s expert advice and full article on how to simplify this process here:
We had such a wonderful response to our Sample Sale this year. Thank you to all that attended and more importantly took a piece of Rupert Bevan with you.
What a great way to end off the year, and ‘clear the decks’ for the new year which is only just around the corner. All samples sold are ex-display or prototypes, one off pieces. If you would like to be included in our mailing list for the next sale, make sure that you join our mailing list.