The Fafa table by designers Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen are made using that natural ash wood and a clear lacquer to finish. It’s also classical in construction but contemporary in appearance.
Founded by Laurent Bergez in 1939, today Retegui use both engineers and craftsmen to produce complex objects such as tables, stools and other small objects for the home from marble.
Garnier & Linker, a company founded in Paris by Guillaume Garnier and Florent Linker, make all of their pieces in small runs, often using the help of craftsmen to bring their ideas to fruition.
Originally from northeast China, Gu Qi moved to Beijing and started to produce some of his designs with the help of a local artisans. Here’s a mixture of pieces from his collection.
I’ve been particularly impressed with Catherine Aitken and her devotion to the creative process, incorporating handmade elements in to a selection of mass-produced products.
This short film for American furniture maker Emeco really triggered my imagination, a video showcasing some of the processes that go in to making their super strong metal chairs and tables.