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A look into the BWS workspace and the making of the Wall: Design/Conception : Bram Rouws; Modeling : Anish Uchil; Fabrication : Nzanthung Kikon, Martin Dufour, Kalu Mondal

The Bram Woodcrafting Studio

After 15 years of carpentry experience and travel, Bram’s next steps lay naturally in establishing a company and a workshop.

Bram Rouws

Bram, a Compagnon himself, brought with him the skill, experience and the mentoring abilities of Compagnons.

The team

“BWS is a company with mixed principles, generations, culture and of course a strong language barrier that is bridged by a shared enthusiasm in the field of design and products.”

Ratio

The Ratio Collection grew organically from a single sketch to a desk proportioned to stand proudly on a thin base sans external support.

Ionic Chair

As an interpretation of femininity and the slender beauty of the Ionic order, the Ionic chair was devised to complement the desk.

Doric Chair

The base and legs remain similar for all three chairs, while the body of the chair has been experimented with.

Corinthian Chair

The backrest of the Corinthian chair was inspired by the cornice and frieze of the entablement of typical Greek architecture.

Wall

A beacon of support, structure, productivity and balance.

Ergos

A fusion of newage seating and ergonomics in design.

The Ratio Collection

The Collection is a blend of traditional Mysore wood carving techniques and Greek architecture details.

Sustainable and High quality

Their line of furniture is made almost completely out of seasoned hardwood, making it both luxurious and sustainable.

BWS`s primary material of choice

The raw wood is also sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Steward Council.

Engineering of wood

The studio focuses not only on prototyping and product design, but also works alongside architects and other designers to help them materialise their ideas.

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Workspace 08 Jun 2018

Inspired by the cornice and frieze of Greek entablements, Bram Woodcrafting Studio derives the Ratio Collection

The Compagnons du Tour de France – a French organisation – is a community of artisans and craftsmen dating back to the Middle Ages. The Compagnons were skilled accompaniments to the architects of that age, who required the talent and labour necessary to craft intricate projects. Instead of being rooted in one place to finish a piece of work, the Compagnons would travel and train apprentices from various parts of the country to find the most suited hands for that work. This formed an ancient open-source network of shared knowledge and diverse skills. Bram Rouws, a Compagnon himself, brought with him the skill, experience and the mentoring abilities of Compagnons, and set up a Studio in the quaint city of Mysore. CQ talks to Bram about the principles that make the Bram Woodcrafting Studio.

After 15 years of carpentry experience and travel, Bram’s next steps lay naturally in establishing a company and a workshop. The Bram Woodcrafting Studio prides itself in being an amalgamation of skills and knowledge not only about wood as a material, but also furniture as a practise, interior design and engineering. “BWS is a company with mixed principles, generations, culture and of course a strong language barrier that is bridged by a shared enthusiasm in the field of design and products,” Anish, the lead designer of BWS shares.

The Bram Woodcrafting Studio

After 15 years of carpentry experience and travel, Bram’s next steps lay naturally in establishing a company and a workshop.

Having worked previously in Kolkata and Bangalore, Bram Rouws found Mysore – calm and closely-knit – the ideal host for Bram Woodcrafting Studio. Along with engineer, Arthur Dezlin based in Bangalore, Sreeroopa – their accounts and administrative head, Nzanthung Kikon - the workshop manager, Kalu Mondol – a highly skilled carpenter from Kolkata and Anish Uchil – the head designer and architect, Bram started up the small but effective and diverse company. 

Bram Rouws

Bram, a Compagnon himself, brought with him the skill, experience and the mentoring abilities of Compagnons.

The team

“BWS is a company with mixed principles, generations, culture and of course a strong language barrier that is bridged by a shared enthusiasm in the field of design and products.”

“BWS is a company with mixed principles, generations, culture and of course a strong language barrier that is bridged by a shared enthusiasm in the field of design and products.”

The Ratio Collection

What started as a single stroke etched in the designer’s mind, materialised to be the first piece of furniture crafted in the workshop. “Carpentry is principally a reference of faces put together by proportions forming ratios between measurements which is the basis of geometry,” Anish explains. Paying tribute to the proportions and geometry, the team designed the Ratio Collection, inspired by ancient Greek architecture. 

Ratio

The Ratio Collection grew organically from a single sketch to a desk proportioned to stand proudly on a thin base sans external support.

Much like the establishment itself, the Ratio Collection grew organically from a single sketch to a desk proportioned to stand proudly on a thin base sans  external support. Each piece that followed, edged them to push the boundaries of design further. As an interpretation of femininity and the slender beauty of the Ionic order, the Ionic chair was devised to complement the desk.

Ionic Chair

As an interpretation of femininity and the slender beauty of the Ionic order, the Ionic chair was devised to complement the desk.

The Doric and Corinthian chairs followed, with similar thoughts referencing the Greek orders. The base and legs remain similar for all three chairs, while the body of the chair has been experimented with. The backrest of the Corinthian chair was inspired by the cornice and frieze of the entablement of typical Greek architecture, using d`oves of Greek moulding to add to its splendour. BWS collaborated with Craft Melon to contrive this backrest as the detail of d`oves was new to the more traditionally inclined craftsmen. 

Doric Chair

The base and legs remain similar for all three chairs, while the body of the chair has been experimented with.

Corinthian Chair

The backrest of the Corinthian chair was inspired by the cornice and frieze of the entablement of typical Greek architecture.

The Collection also includes the Wall – a beacon of support, structure, productivity and balance, and Ergos – a fusion of newage seating and ergonomics in design. The predominant material  in this collection was Oak, which is another sway from the traditional. The Collection is therefore a blend of traditional Mysore wood carving techniques and Greek architecture details. 

Wall

A beacon of support, structure, productivity and balance.

Ergos

A fusion of newage seating and ergonomics in design.

The Ratio Collection

The Collection is a blend of traditional Mysore wood carving techniques and Greek architecture details.

An alchemy of of materials and disciplines

Although wood is their primary material of choice, through collaborations the studio is also exposed to working with metal, fabric, upholstery and cane. Bram’s co-director Arthur also runs a metal workshop – Bat Cave.

The studio researches materials and techniques as they are key to ascertain sustainable and high-quality products. Their line of furniture is made almost completely out of seasoned hardwood, making it both luxurious and sustainable. The raw wood is also sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Steward Council.

BWS`s primary material of choice

The raw wood is also sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Steward Council.

“BWS uses the brand in service of the trade of carpentry to attract youngsters from different backgrounds and organise the training of carpenters, designers in tune with industries and architects to elevate the field of carpentry.”

New-age Craftsmanship

Considered an intangible heritage by the UNESCO, the Compagnons are a trade of craftsmanship represented by the passing of knowhow, including both ancient and new age techniques. Carpentry being the engineering of wood, Bram believes an organised training module is the solution to make it a valuable profession. 

Engineering of wood

The studio focuses not only on prototyping and product design, but also works alongside architects and other designers to help them materialise their ideas.

“BWS uses the brand in service of the trade of carpentry to attract youngsters from different backgrounds and organise the training of carpenters, designers in tune with industries and architects to elevate the field of carpentry through innovation, ideation and creation without forgetting the techniques imprinted in time.”  

Sustainable and High quality

Their line of furniture is made almost completely out of seasoned hardwood, making it both luxurious and sustainable.

The studio focuses not only on prototyping and product design, but also works alongside architects and other designers to help them materialise their ideas. Think Happy Everyday and KRUX are two architecture practices they often collaborate with. Additionally, they also run as a consultancy and training association organising various workshops and personalised training sessions.

Promoting the local craftsmen they collaborate with and keeping complementary small-scale businesses afloat is another of BWS’s core principles. In conclusion, Bram Woodcrafting Studio is more than a carpentry workshop, they pledge to revive the old craft and lost profession of woodcrafting.

Learn more about the practice and their work on their website, or keep up with their work in progress on their Instagram.

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