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Learning the ropes

We pride ourselves on sourcing unusual materials and creating bespoke finishes to realise our clients’ unique design visions. We’ve just completed work on a high end office fit out in Holborn which perfectly demonstrates how we’ll go the extra mile to deliver even the most obscure elements to create bespoke spaces for our clients.

Wrapping columns in rope

Part of the brief for this project stipulated that the full height circular columns in the new staff cafe area needed to be completely encased in natural rope to give the impression of solid rope. Wrapping in rope is a very specialised and time-consuming technique and so to guarantee a perfectly flawless finish, we invested in specialist training for our installation team specifically for this project.

We sent our team of installers for expert marine training with a traditional sail making firm in Essex which specialises in creating sails for historic crafts. Over the course of the training sessions, the team gained a full understanding about working with rope, ready for the installation.

Jointing the rope using the correct technique, which the team learnt as part of their training, ensures that any joins are rendered invisible – creating the perfectly seamless finish the client needed for such a high specification office space.

The natural rope is made using a mix of natural fibres including cotton, hemp and jute and was specified in 25mm diameter, making it extremely heavy and awkward to work with. The team learnt how to handle the rope, including the correct way to untwist it from the coil to ensure there is no stress left in the finished cladding. Ensuring that the rope is being untwisted correctly and keeping the right amount of tension throughout the wrapping process takes real skill and patience – which our team poses by the bucket load.

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