Copper is still one of the most lusted-after metallics around. From side and console tables to drawer fronts and stools, introducing copper cladding to a design can be transformative. Go behind the scenes at the workshop where we craft the Hector stool and see how it’s done.
It all starts at the wood store. Planks of mango wood are selected, cut and planed.
Copper has been used in architecture for centuries. It’s loved for its majestic appearance, durability and resistance to corrosion. Using surprisingly strong sheets of copper and craft scissors, the beautifully reflective material is cut to size and cladded onto the Hector’s seat.
Wood and metal teams work side by side. Each slat of mango wood is sanded down and positioned into place to form its country-style base, while the copper sheet is eased around the seat’s edges just metres away.
Most of our metallic-clad designs feature an intersecting line of nailheads. It’s achieved by hammering a nail onto a ultra-thin piece of zinc. The puncture wound goes through, marking the copper seat that sits beneath.
The result should be gleaming and the seat slightly bowed. When the team is happy, the base is attached. It’s a delicate process, but a striking one.