Wandering through a boutique design fair in Dubrovnik, Croatia in 2014, I literally stopped in my tracks beside the display of European designer furniture by Artisan.
Fascinated by the furniture’s quality and style, I was soon crouched under chairs and tables, running my hands over the natural timber exploring the organic curves and moulded features. Six months later, back in Australia, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Artisan range and eventually landed the exclusive role of sole Australian distributor for the furniture brand.
Artisan is globally renowned for its innovative furniture design and quality craftsmanship. Handmade from six species of solid timber, Artisan pieces are produced by craftsmen in a large Bosnian factory surrounded by dense forest, the once was old school woodwork shop with a 60-year history of producing fine timber products was transformed into the modern and technologically advanced facility that it is today. Initially commissioned by Dutch and British designers, the first collection was produced in 2007 in collaboration with regional designers. Artisan specialises in the manual production of high quality furniture, it is this insistence on manual artisan work that makes Artisan truly unique.
Artisan collaborates with premier designers who share their regard for wood as a precious material. Leveraging Artisan’s technological advantages, each designer conveys their expertise into a vision – and a unique collection – that unleashes the true potential of their chosen timber.
Artisan strives to reaffirm their philosophy with each collection, each species of timber and each designer’s vision, combined with a diligent craftsman’s touch. The final step in the manufacturing process incorporates application of natural oils, soap or varnish. This ensures a long lifespan, preserves the naturalness and improves the visual aspects of each timber product.
Each award-winning collection has embraced both modern principles and traditional production standards, truly handcrafted and expertly finished. With Artisan lounges, dining tables, dining chairs, sideboards and occasional pieces, there is no such thing as flat pack or mass market production. The furniture arrives as finished joinery, a triumph of timeless quality that will provide beauty and function for decades, and be passed down through generations.