News and Events - Furniture fit for a parliament

Wednesday 23 September 2015

The school, near Edinburgh, has been teaching furniture design, restoration and making for 30 years and each year attracts students from around the world for intensive 30-week courses. This year's intake included students from Canada, the USA, Norway, Italy and the UK. Here we have a look at a few of the entries.

'Perfect Balance' console table - Hugo Gray

It's a piece of bespoke furniture that owes much to Einstein's general theory of relativity, in which gravity is described as a consequence of the curvature of space-time. It was designed by Hugo Gray from London, who is able to sit at the end of the unsupported table's oak (Quercus spp.) arm. The table, made from spalted beech (Fagus spp.) and oak, was designed to this precise calculation to determine the weight that the table has to carry, and therefore what counter-weights the table needs in its short arm and base.

'Sturgeon cabinet' - Tom Foottit

Tom Foottit from Essex made his Sturgeon cabinet as a tribute to Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Tom's cabinet is made from Scottish olive ash (Olea europea), Caledonian pine (Pinus sylvestris), aromatic cedar (Juniperus virginiana), white ash (Fraxinus americana), rippled sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and ebony (Diospyros spp.).

'Steamer trunk' - Isaac Thompson

Isaac Thompson from Orange County, California created a steamer trunk to bring back the glamour of long distance travel. His trunk has an oak carcass with veneers of sycamore, mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) and rosewood (Dalbergia retusa). It also contains a backgammon board complete with all the chips to while away the hours.

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All the former students are now setting up their own UK businesses, with the exception of Isaac, three from incubation space at the school, which provides facilities for alumni to make the transition from student to professional woodworker, but without the considerable expense of buying all the hugely expensive equipment.


Contact: Chippendale International School of Furniture