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Lac­que­red cabi­net

„A trea­su­re chest for prin­ces and kings“

The desi­re to design a cabi­net which bor­rows on a rich tra­di­ti­on esta­blished during the reign of Augus­tus the Strong by Mar­tin Schnell and his lac­que­red fur­ni­tu­re craf­ted in Dres­den has final­ly been ful­fil­led after several years of deve­lop­ment thanks to the Ger­man Work­shops in Hel­lerau, with whom I col­la­bo­ra­ted clo­se­ly to pro­du­ce this object. The inte­ri­or of each pie­ce is manu­fac­tu­red indi­vi­dual­ly using a dif­fe­rent type of wood. This ren­ders each pie­ce a uni­cum world­wi­de. The efforts requi­red to exe­cu­te such a pro­ject are enor­mous and they would not have been pos­si­ble without the coope­ra­ti­on of the Ger­man Work­shops. All metal fit­tings requi­red for the cabi­net such as ball bea­rings, sus­pen­si­ons, door moun­tings etc. were custom-desi­gned and tested on a pro­to­ty­pe befo­re being manu­fac­tu­red in their final form for the cabi­net. The basic idea was to imple­ment this his­to­ric fur­ni­tu­re tra­di­ti­on in a con­tem­pora­neous fashion. In addres­sing this chal­len­ge, we were not only delight­ed to be employ­ing an anci­ent tech­ni­que in our use of Japa­ne­se lac­quer but also to be drawing on old tra­di­ti­ons from the Baro­que and Renais­sance peri­ods through acqui­si­ti­on of a veneer made of Hun­ga­ri­an flower ash. This wood was used in tho­se times to ennoble cabi­nets, cas­kets and other objects meant for kings. It is very dif­fi­cult to pro­cu­re, howe­ver, espe­ci­al­ly in the width requi­red for our cabi­net. We were real­ly lucky to find a sui­ta­ble amount at a veneer dealer’s shop near Würz­burg. During the manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess, 2 of the 3 she­ets were rui­ned; thank God the third one stay­ed intact. In cases of such extre­me cur­vat­u­re like the kind which you find in this cabi­net, use of such britt­le, wavy-grain veneer brings you to the limits of what is even pos­si­ble. The sec­tions for which app­li­ca­ti­on of Japa­ne­se lac­quer was envi­sa­ged were sub­jec­ted to spe­cial cli­ma­te tests to find a sui­ta­ble, non-defor­ming mate­ri­al which could with­stand the high humi­di­ty requi­red by Japa­ne­se lac­quer while it sets. The lac­quer, glos­sy on the out­side and app­lied using struc­tu­ring tech­ni­que on the insi­de, posed a gre­at chal­len­ge due to the size of the sur­faces. Thus we are all the more delight­ed to be able to pre­sent this cabi­net to you now.

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