FURNITURE PRODUCTION: AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S SKETCHES INTO PRODUCTION

I spent the day today in Grand Rapids Michigan reviewing furniture construction and specific orders placed with Kindel Furniture. I have used Kindel a number of other times on projects but have never traveled to see their production/manufacturing offices. This trip was necessitated by Kindel taking on production of some custom furniture for a project. All the designs for our furniture were taken from antiques –modified and flourished with details to work with our remodel project.

Below are some pictures of the day – Not all these are from our order but they are a good representation of a production process. There are also some cool videos  of the day on Instagram @designshadow.

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CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine cutting multiple legs at once: (They had machines like this going all over the shop.)

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Kindel has hundreds of standard prototypes like these to make arms and legs from:

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 Parts and pieces being prepared:

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This is the process of pressing the wood into a mold. For more information on this process read my previous post called China Millwork Inspection. I believe they called this a “hot press.”

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Once they have all the parts, they do a “dry fit” for a chair. This means they make sure everything is going to fit together without any problems, before they are glued up.

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Once the dry fit takes place…glue, lots and lots of glue happens.

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 Then Sanding:

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Then applying stain and finish:

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Lastly, upholstery. Here are the sinuous springs applied before fabric:

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This is the last shot I have to share. It shows the mock-up chair that was made as a trial compared to the finished chair getting ready for upholstery:

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This was a wonderful trip. I have been apart of furniture designing and building before, but Kindel taught me some new things and that is why I love working as a designer; Always something new around every corner!

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