The Sofa Table

In 2010 we were commissioned by Annabel and Peter Hall of Private Lives Interiors Ltd  to design a ‘sofa table’ for one of their clients. The team at Private Lives supplied Andy with a small-scale image from which we recreated this stunning piece of furniture. Once his designs had been approved, work began in earnest here in the Ironart workshop to realise Private Lives’ visions. An ambitious and exciting interior design project, this is the most elaborate piece of furniture we have been commissioned to make for quite some time and we drew on many aspects of the team’s expertise to bring the details to life.

Sofa Table for Private Lives - Andy's initial sketches

Sofa Table for Private Lives - Andy's initial sketches

Andy commissioned Charles Oldham of Frome to carve samples of the legs. Charles also carved the table feet out of wood, which were then sent away to Geoff Collier to be cast in solid brass.

Martin and Andy made the brass handles which were to be mounted on the side of each table leg. Jason forged the lower leg supports which form a cross to join the legs together at the base of the table. This section was then highly polished and ‘blued’ with a torch before being briwaxed. The base section was finished in the centre with an ornate gold wreath which Martin constructed out of individual pieces of sheet metal. He heated and forged the them to form the leaf shapes, which in turn were formed around a central spine and finished with a tassell.

Sofa table - brace and wreath detail

Sofa table - brace and wreath detail

A huge amount of thought and prototyping went into the construction of the rope detail. Andy and Martin experimented with different round sections of metal to assess the aesthetics of the finished article. They decided on a three strand rope, which Martin made out of 1m lengths of mild steel. Each section had to be annealed (heated and softened) very evenly to enable him to put it into the jig and put exactly the right number of twists into the rope.

Sofa table - Rope and leg detail

Sofa table - Handle, rope and leg detail

The Sofa Table - for Private Lives Interiors Ltd

The Sofa Table - for Private Lives Interiors Ltd

The  table legs were also expertly hand carved out of lime wood by Charles Oldham of Frome before they were gilded. The whole table was then constructed in the workshop, and finished with a beautiful piece of green marble, chosen by Private Lives with whom we were liaising closely throughout the project. 

For more details about our Interior Design commissions please visit our website where there is a portfolio of our work. If you have a metalwork project in mind , please get in touch because we would be delighted to help.

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