Metal work forms the basis of many of our furniture collections from storage and shelving to loungers and dining tables. Its unique properties combine elements of flexibility with strength and endurance. It is a craft that produces pieces that will stand the test of time.
Metal is a form of artistry and it can take on many forms whether using iron, brass or aluminium, each material ultimately relies on the skill of the artisan who shapes it. The process is a traditional one, that has remained unchanged for centuries. The metal first needs to be hot and using a forge the metal worker will heat the material until it glows red, then yellow - orange and finally white. It is when the material is yellow - orange that the craftsperson can shape the metal using hammers and chisels. The metal is heated using a forge, the word forging describes the process when the artisan is hammering the metal into shape, it can then be welded together following the design, and finally it is finished by hand which involves polishing or treating with a varnish or wax.
As well as creating furniture, talented artisans also decorate metal to create our planters and trays. Seeming to magically transform a plain piece of metal into something beautiful. This process again, relies on the skill and knowledge of the artisan. Although following a pattern, the designs are crafted free hand. A time-consuming but rewarding process. Once you have seen an artisan at work you will never quite look at one of our decorative metal pieces in the same way.
The metal artisans who create our Nkuku collections work in large open units, to cater for their need to use forges to heat the metal. Their adept skill at shaping and moulding the metal into striking furniture pieces, is made to look easy. They instinctively seem to know when to turn and shape the metal.