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The art of fine furniture-making

The art of fine furniture-making

"A piece of furniture has to be used, loved and lived with.” Remy Tramoy should know – he has dedicated his career to hand-crafting fine furniture that will please the eye, comfort the soul and, above all, stand the test of time.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

If a piece of furniture is beautiful and built well, it will last for generations. This is perhaps the most attractive thing about hand-crafted furniture – something furniture maker Rémy Tramoy has dedicated his career to. “If I make a piece of furniture, it means that your children will be able to give that piece to their child,” says the French native, who resides with his family in Victoria’s Dandenong ranges. “The matter of strength, durability and longevity is important. That's my first concern.

“You will open your drawers 10,000 times a year or something like that, so I take this into consideration with everything I make. That's why I do everything by hand. I cut all my dovetails for the drawers by hand because I know that it's going to last – I know it's going to be stronger. A piece of furniture has to be used, loved and lived with,” he says.

The 'Becoming' Dresser

Beauty meets function

Function itself serves as a strong catalyst for Rémy’s designs. “There is a strong logic behind everything I make, and from the functionality comes the aesthetic.”

As for the aesthetic, Rémy’s beautiful 'Becoming' range exemplifies his love of Mid-Century Modern design and both contemporary and organic forms, although it is the short-lived Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century that he is most inspired by. “For me, I think it was the purest form of woodworking because everything is handmade and made by the feel of the lines. There was no computer at the time and it was really just the craftsman hand carving a piece of wood. The skill was incredible. It's a happy place when I can do that, and I keep this idea in mind when I work.”

The 'Becoming' range, comprised of two tallboys and a dresser, each lovingly hand-crafted from solid American walnut, features poplar drawers, hand-cut dovetails and invisible soft-close runners. The Mid-Century-inspired pieces showcase soft silhouettes and smooth lines, with no sharp edges in sight – something that can only be achieved by a trained eye and skilled hand. 

The 'Becoming' Tallboy 01
The gentle flow of the grain traveling across the body of this piece symbolises a journey. The softness of the overall shape and the tactile experience are comforting. There is an idea of serenity in its grounding stance and unpretentious aesthetic.

Furniture with meaning

But the 'Becoming' range is so much more than its beautiful craftsmanship and pleasing aesthetic, because the pieces also signal landmark moments in Rémy’s personal life. “The 'Becoming' tallboy was a labor of love. I had been working on it and put the body together a month before the birth of my twins, and I glued the first drawer the day after their first birthday – so it was a very, very long process,” Rémy explains.

“I worked on it during the evening, when I had the time, but the making of this cabinet coincided with a lot of steps in my life, especially towards the end. I became a dad, then I quit my last job to become independent, I became an Australian citizen after 12 years in the country and I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That's why it's called 'Becoming' – because we are in constant evolution.”

The hand-crafted pieces are Rémy’s personal take on reinventing oneself through life experience, and are a response to the idea that the only constant in life is change. For Rémy, this perpetual state of flux makes a well-made, timeless and grounding piece of furniture all the more important in our lives – it becomes something solid you can rely on.

The 'Becoming' Dresser

“The aim for me is that the piece of furniture kind of disappears. You get used to it and it's just a pleasant thing and every now and then you notice it again. It has to be comforting, it has to be something that you like and you like to touch. That is quite important to me – the physical communication you have with a piece of furniture.”

As for Rémy’s part, he is merely a humble servant. “I’m just here to help the grain of the wood speak,” he says.

Spoken like a true craftsman.

To see Rémy's full range visit his products page here

Words by Madelin Tomelty

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