As an architect or interior designer – shape is everything in terms of providing fluid motion in the design.
While right angles have their place, nothing sets the scene better than a curved window, door, staircase or skirting board.
As part of a creative design their inclusion can often revolutionise a room or entrance offering visitors the full splendour of what can be achieved with both modern and traditional materials
So why do people dread having to recreate these curves?
We believe the answer lies in a diminishing number of companies that can offer this service
However, perhaps the “tide” has now changed as over the last 12 months we have started to see an increase in demand for curved items.
Is this fear well founded?There is no doubt that a curved door, skirting board or architrave will take longer than its square equivalent because of the workmanship involved to create the shape, but many people believe it is still worth the effort for the aesthetic pleasure it can provide.
And although automation would appear to be the answer, to create a curved mould on more than two “dimensional planes” can often prove to be prohibitively expensive using CNC machines. So traditional methods, which require skilled labour still prevail as they are more cost effective with a more unique result.
We have a number of projects in our portfolio but we believe that the two detailed below give a balanced picture of the range, style, size and profiles we often encounter.
The York City Headquarters project where we have been integral in recreating the original wood mouldings, needed both a “faux architrave” to we matched a curved section for sliding glass doors but also an exact reproduction of the original curved mould.
The mould was 190mm wide and up to 50mm deep and covered a span of over 2 metres in diameter which required a method of both curving and assembly so as to reduce the costs and time required of installation. This was completed successfully creating an architrave profile that was as equally aesthetically pleasing as the original.
A London Victorian Terrace property – A project undertaken by one of our customers over the last 12 months has seen them take our Broughton skirting boards and Chelsea architraves and a stair string that has allowed them to match the pattern from the entrance to the upper floors. Yet their latest requirements certainly took some working out.
They required a curves section that had only a 50mm radius and wished to have it matched to the 210mm high Broughton skirting board in Tulipwood.
To achieve this we had to employ our full range of services including wood turning and carving, creating a round section and scooping out the centre to solve the complex problem.