edward johnson designs and makes radiant furniture
edward johnson designs and makes radiant furniture edward johnson designs and makes radiant furniture
jul 01, 2018

edward johnson designs and makes radiant furniture

edward johnson’s ‘radiant’ desk and chest of drawers are notable for the use of the designer’s own hand-made veneers — these have been developed and perfected in the workshop to produce wavy, straight, curved or radial effects in beautiful and contrasting timbers, that once oiled enhances the rich and unique characteristics of each chosen material. the series looks like monolithic pieces cut out of a tree.

radiant chest of drawers
110 cm x 85 cm x 42 cm
fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash and ash with an oiled finish
all images © edward bryan



the radiant desk takes on a sculptural asymmetrical design and is constructed from fumed and brown oak. johnson’s veneers flow seamlessly from a semi-circular core that radiates out and down each side of the feature aerofoil shaped legs. similarly, the chest utilizes the same pattern, this time constructed from fumed oak, brown oak, oak, olive ash, and ash.



for each of the pieces, the top surface is reminiscent of the annual growth rings of a tree marking time and history. longevity is also an important factor in johnson’s design, that is built to last and stand the test of time. the designer’s work is the product of a deep understanding of his materials and the desire to explore its possibilities; he describes his work as ‘being led by a core desire to challenge and innovate’.



these unique veneers stem from johnson’s interest and expertise in laminating, and his interest in pushing his techniques and materials in new directions. the principal aim was to develop an organic free-flowing form, to create this effect, hundreds of thin strips of wood are cut in the workshop and joined back together using contrasting tones, resulting in sweeping lines and curves that envelop the furniture, bringing a soft, organic surface to the angular forms. 




radiant desk
198 cm x 75 cm x 75 cm
fumed oak and brown oak with an oiled finish







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