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'Traditional Techniques Re-Interpreted’ Launch At The 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Bespoke furniture maker Silverlining launches ten new luxury finishes for yacht interiors. The finishes include ancient skills such as straw marquetry, crackle lacquer, saddle making, wood carving, leather repoussé and marquetry.

Following research into the history of the techniques by the company’s inspiration and innovation team, Silverlining re-interpreted each of the skills in a modern way to create ten stunning finishes.

‘Straw Glacier’ explores the iridescent and translucent qualities of cobalt blue straw marquetry. The technique first seen in the Far East in the 16th Century is historically found on flat surfaces with the straw unfinished. Silverlining has taken the technique to a new height by covering complex shapes and finishing with mirror polished gloss lacquer.

‘Illusion Marquetry’ explores the art of illusion through sand shading of wood. Sand shading was first used on 18th century French furniture to create trompe l’oeil decorative inlays such as shells or flowers. Here Silverlining has used the technique of shading to ‘trick the eye’ into thinking that the tessellated marquetry panel is 3 dimensional.

‘Carved Rock’ takes Britain’s oldest native wood species oak and hand craft skill, carving. The wood mimic’s eroded rock through carving across the grain and finishing with a specialist developed fire proof finish that gives a stone like appearance.

‘Antelope Canyon’ is inspired by the natural wonder found in America. Changing striations of leather colours and thicknesses are exploited through stack laminating and carving. The result is an extraordinary visual exploiting the properties of the thickness of the leather rather than the usual polished surface.

‘Moon Rock’ explores light and shade through varying changes of material and texture, resembling the surface of the moon

‘ Repoussé ‘ Flower’ uses an ancient technique normally associated with metal. The material (leather in this case) is first raised and then chased (hand stamped and carved) with decorative detail. The design is a floral interpretation of a nautilus shell.

Other techniques in the traditional techniques reinterpreted series include ‘Fractal Star’, ‘Crackle Bronze’, Leather Library’ and ‘Oak Shingle’

Mark Boddington, Founder comments ‘Silverlining has always been perceived to be at the forefront of luxury yacht furniture. This year’s exhibits have stretched our designers, craftspeople and finishers to the limit – but the results speak for themselves’.

(Source: Silver Lining Furniture)

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