Royal Collection Dining Tables by Miles J Rice

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Royal Collection

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dining Tables

INSPIRATION:
Marrying the sculptural design of the Sculptura and Chester dining tables with a luxury craft used for the most precious sculptures and architectural features.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Royal collection takes the sculptural nature of the Sculptura and Chester dining tables further. Traditionally sculptures and architectural features were gold-gilded to display wealth and power. For the Royal Collection, this craft is brought to the residential furniture market. The carved wood of the table legs receives the same unique shine through gold-gilding. This limited edition, of 10 pieces per table design, showcases the skills of both, master carpenters and gold-gilders.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
These tables are first crafted by hand by master carpenters, presenting 2 very specific skills, the traditional book-matching technique for the tabletop and sculptural carving by hand for the table legs. Gold-gilding is applied through thin leaves of 23.5-carat gold in a multi-step process requiring the highest level of skill and dedication. The gilded object, the gilt, is produced by specialist craftspeople experienced in this traditional and rare decorative art.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
5 months of crafting time. Made by master craftspeople in Germany and England

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Handmade pieces produced by Master Carpenters and Gold-Gilders. Made from high-quality American walnut hardwood in book-match technique for the tabletop with hand-sculpted wooden legs with a 23.5-carat gold leaf finish.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Sculptura Royal 2.9m (W) x 0.9m (D) x 0.75m (H), Chester Royal 1.5m (W) x 1.5m (D) x 0.75m (H) . Made from American walnut with gold-gilded legs (23.5-carat gold)

TAGS:
luxury, furniture, unique, art, design, sculpture, dining table, craftsmanship

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The key research aspect of the Royal Collection was to find the perfect technique to gild the table legs. The review of techniques showed that the traditional method of gold-gilding with thin leaves of gold, despite being more time-intensive and costly, is the most appropriate for this standout design. This technique in itself is a bow to high-quality craftsmanship, a vital part of the vision of Rice & Rice Fine Furniture.

CHALLENGE:
The key challenge of this project is the high level of craftsmanship and time required to create these one-of-a-kind pieces. For the tabletops, the wood is hand picked to create an eye-pleasing book-matched tabletop. Additionally, the required size of wood for the tabletop to start from is rare as American walnut is usually not providing the required length and width. We believe that this challenge in sourcing is more than worth it considering the beauty of the gold-gilding against the richness of American walnut, also referred to as black walnut.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-11 09:24:22

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Miles Jason Rice (Designer)

IMAGE CREDITS:
Copyright for all images: Miles J Rice

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.ricefinefurniture.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Rice & Rice Fine Furniture

PROFILE:
Rice & Rice Fine Furniture was founded by Miles Jason Rice with the vision to create timeless yet unexpected pieces of design furniture, created with honesty and appreciation for the material, the crafts and the design. ​Miles is a self-taught furniture designer, whose mantra is: "You cannot teach passion." This allows Miles to take inspiration from traditional designs and manufacturing processes, whilst allowing him to push far beyond these to create his very own visual language. The first major series of works designed by Miles was a collection of coffee and dining tables design that is pushing the boundaries not only of craftsmanship but also of table design. This collection clearly shows the key sources of inspiration for Miles. He draws inspiration from the beauty and specific properties of the materials. Equally important as a source of inspiration is modern architecture and art, especially installations and sculptures that play with the characteristics of the materials. Thirdly, Miles is a strong admirer of craftsmanship, working with selected masters of their crafts to develop and produce his designs. These very different sources of inspiration create a fusion of craftsmanship, the beauty of the material and creativity. ​Working with some of the best craftspeople in Europe, Rice & Rice Fine Furniture is pushing furniture design and manufacturing beyond what is common for their profession when working in wood, glass, brass, marble and other materials.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Royal Collection Dining Tables by Miles J Rice is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Royal Collection Dining Tables by Miles J Rice is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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