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Manufacturing techniques

A whole range of techniques can be used to work with wood, textile, recycled plastic, earth, paper, etc. We present here an introductory landscape of approaches central to our workshop.

Joinery

Woodworking involves many techniques. In the manufacture of our products, shaping, surfacing and assembly are carried out as much as possible by hand; the power tool is an aid, a support for the manual gesture.

Assemblies that combine wood and plastic may include "dovetails", "inserts". Traditional techniques are used, while providing a modern design.

3D Printing

3D printing has become a game changer in small-scale manufacturing. By making it possible to produce complex parts in small series, this method has made the production tool accessible again. This tool in the hands of creators allows new projects to be born.

How does it work? In short, raw material (e.g. PLA or PETG) is heated, extruded (into a fine filament) and precisely deposited on a surface. Layer by layer, the machine forms an object, following the instructions provided by the designer. The result is a three-dimensional volume ready to be processed and given the appropriate finishes.

This method of manufacturing is slow, limited by the speed of extrusion. Some parts can require more than 24 hours of machine time (not counting the time needed for the design stages before and manufacturing after). This slowness results in an energy balance that must be controlled.

This slow rhythm also allows us to appreciate the transformation of the material and to become fully aware of the design work done upstream (work on volumes, functions and surfaces).

Photo lampe trépied Tipi, détail coiffe
Photo vase Vulcain, couleur crème avec un bouquet @La Fabrique du Ciel Bleu

Two examples where 3D printing is used to produce parts for our creations: the Tipi lamp head and the Vulcan vase with its moving relief.

Weaving and knotting

Textiles can be found in a variety of creations; familiar uses in our rugs and cushions or more atypical uses in our furniture.

We use two main techniques to make our rugs: weaving and hand-knotting. These two methods allow us to assemble the material by giving it texture and hold. The choice of handwork allows us to create patterns with infinite variations on (almost) unlimited dimensions.

We do not use adhesives in our carpets in order to (i) allow for end-of-life recycling and (ii) ensure products are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).