Back to the Future

Here is a paradox: marquetry has changed not at all – and has transformed beyond recognition.

A time-travelling marqueteur stepping into the Aryma workshops would immediately understand what was going on. Still familiar would be the fine sheets of timber from which the artist selects each tiny piece of veneer; here too would be the process of sand-scorching to darken a piece in order to suggest shadow; and here would be the marquetry artists assembling highly complex designs by hand – and in reverse.

Where our visiting marqueteur would be amazed is the applications for marquetry in the contemporary world. No longer restricted to fine furniture, it is often the luxury material of choice for yacht designers, aviation studios, car manufacturers, interior designers and architects. It is a material regarded not only for its decorative and artistic impact, but for its robustness, durability, versatility and sense of timelessness.

Marquetry is not just a technique: it is an entire palette. Working collaboratively with Aryma, clients can commission bespoke designs that not only reflect their choice of motifs, colour or material, but which are also intensely personal and relevant to them. Once you begin to see the possibilities, your imagination can fly.

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