Many leading interior design practices offer bespoke furniture design as part of their turn key packages for clients. An excellent way to problem solve certain project aspects, answer clients’ unique needs and also to add the owner’s personality to their home, bespoke furniture design can transform an interior project. Morpheus London share their tips on how to incorporate bespoke furniture into interiors…
Bespoke furniture design is a vital component within the Morpheus design process, with feature pieces creating unifying and cohesive elements in each scheme’s design language. Two recently completed Morpheus projects, The Lodge in Courchevel 1850 and a show apartment within London’s iconic Centre Point Residences featured many bespoke furniture pieces and are an excellent example of the value they can add to the interior design of any project.
All Morpheus designs start with ‘The Dream’; a definition of the core essence of the project and the key to a truly bespoke and cohesive scheme, inspired by the client’s ambitions, location, target clientele, practical restraints and taste. Located deep within the Alps, the inspiration for The Lodge was taken from the moment the ice in the surrounding mountains melts to reveal the hard rocky surface beneath, with the luxurious interior playing on the contrast between rough, natural textures and smooth, polished surfaces. At the Centre Point Residences, ‘The Dream’ was inspired by the building’s architecture and history, while keeping in mind the vibrant and creative area it resides in. The distinctive façade and its masculinity were core to the design concept, offset by the colour palette and the choice of materials.
In both of these projects, the Dream was then translated into a tangible reality, with materials, forms, colour palettes and bespoke furniture design influenced by this concept…
All Morpheus furniture designs begin as a sketch, with this initial concept forming the basis for the design development. This ideation draws together key influences from the mood imagery and design concept, incorporating these inspirations into a physical form that will not only complement the surrounding scheme and materials, but also work well within the space and exterior environment. Often a statement piece will be designed first, with the secondary pieces in the space designed to work in symbiosis with this using the same design vernacular or a unified motif. At Centre Point, the reception room coffee table used large slabs of contrasting terrazzo, linking it to the terrazzo construction of the building and interior tiles throughout. The angular brass frame served to link it to the bespoke joinery surrounding it, whilst also hinting to a distinct ’60s flavour.
With bespoke furniture design it is also crucial to consult the client’s needs with the piece to ensure that it’s fit for how they intend to use it. A stunning bespoke desk without storage won’t look stunning if it is often covered in papers. In the dining room at the Lodge, the grand bespoke table is topped with smoked glass floating on two-tone marble pieces and a concrete base, combining a mixture of rough and polished material. This sits underneath the exquisite bespoke chandelier featuring handmade Venetian glass pieces beautifully representing clean shards of broken ice. The credenza was designed to be highly functional and create useful storage within the space whilst still forming a design unity with the other bespoke pieces. Its cupboards used angled smoked glass to match the table-top, whilst the marble counter and distinctive inlaid handles hint towards the cracked ice motif in the chandelier.
The next stage in the Morpheus bespoke process is to produce 3D renders and CAD models, to better develop the design details of each piece. Whether as a standalone render or within a CGI, this process not only helps the designers better understand the details of the furniture that will make it unique and special, but also help the client understand and input into the design journey as well.
The final stage within the bespoke furniture design process is the manufacture. Samples of all the materials are created and approved within the scheme, and technical drawings are produced to ensure perfection. The furniture is then constructed by specialist craftsmen and arrives at the property, where the design journey ends for each piece.
This journey is a key part of the Morpheus process and a key driver for utilising bespoke furniture design in all our projects. By creating for individuals and taking clients on the journey from the ‘The Dream’ to a tangible reality, the result is a project that has a synergy throughout the whole scheme; motifs and elements that people can understand and connect to the original inspirations behind the design.
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