Muggleton is a contemporary furniture designer working
in Mystic, Connecticut. He designs and creates innovative,
high quality modern furniture by bending and shaping
exotic woods and blending other materials such as metal
and glass to achieve the desired concept.
The method of making curved furniture is a complex process,
which has been practiced for centuries. A shaped mould
and a vacuum press are used. Many thin layers of wood
are joined together, placed on the mould and inserted
into a vacuum press. The vacuum press shrinks itself
around the mould, contorting the wood over the new shape.
The press delivers a cumulative pressure of almost 4
tons, over the new design. Once the body of the work
had been created in this way, the same process is used
to apply beautiful veneer onto the surface.
Simplicity in life is difficult and complicated to achieve.
It is easy to have too much going on and spend too much
time organizing it. This is the same approach Andrew
takes when designing furniture. Keeping the design simple
is one of his hardest and most rewarding challenges.
It is the desire for simplicity, which helps Andrew
avoid the common trap of filling empty space with unnecessary
Everything in nature is curved, from the smooth pebbles
on a beach to an egg. Sharp jagged edges do not make
you feel at ease, but a field of straw bending in the
wind, that is inviting. This is the reason why Andrew's
work involves such beautiful subtle curves.
Andrew involves engineering, structure and architecture
into his pieces. It is these three things, which inspire
him constantly in everyday life. Buildings, bridges,
archways, new and old, all provide a fundamental foundation
for his designs.
THE FULL LINE OF FURNISHINGS
pdf. catalog pages / furnishings by Andrew Muggleton