Bosnia-based company Artisan regards wood as a precious material that requires thoughtful handling in order to become an exquisite piece of furniture. The beauty of its products speaks for itself.
8 July, 2019
Whether it’s being sanded by the hands of the craftsperson or shaped by the drill bit of a CNC machine, the common denominator in Artisan’s crafting of wood is a sense of diligence and love. The Bosnia-based company regards wood as a precious material that requires thoughtful handling if it is to become an exquisite piece of furniture that is high in quality and long lasting. The beauty of its products speaks for itself.
Artisan draws on 50 years of experience in selecting, drying, treating and crafting wood through the Ćostović traditional wood workshop that it emerged from.
Solid walnut, cherry, elm oak and maple are selected from sustainable sources, then treated with superheated steam to reach an ideal colour with an accentuated texture, before a tailored process of drying in naturally ventilated and computer controlled environments. The goal is to reach a moisture level akin to the living conditions of the people for whom the furniture is made.
After the shaping of the product by hand and through the use of a five-axis CNC machine, it is finished with natural oils, soaps, wax and varnish – substances that preserve the naturalness of the wood and improve the appearance of its colour and texture.
Artisan’s fusion of traditional handcrafting and modern processes are perfectly encapsulated in its award-winning Neva Chair. For years, wood has been ‘forced’ into geometric shapes because this was the only way to achieve larger volumes in serial production.
Organic forms have been the reserve of traditional artisanal carpenters. But modern technologies such as CNC carving have made it possible for more complex forms to be introduced into serial production.
The Neva Chair, designed by Croatian multidisciplinary design studio Regular Company, has a fluid, sensual form with gentle transitions and angles that enhance its ergonomic comfort. Its tilted and arched backrest flows down into the armrests and the legs in one continuous line.
The thinness and lightness of its frame call to mind the delicate structures of nature. And nature’s beauty – in the grain, colour and texture of the wood – beckons close examination in the Neva Chair’s smooth, hand-finished surfaces.
Discover the Neva Chair and more of Artisan’s impeccable products at The Beuro.
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