Overall design guidelines
Having qualified as an Architect, I oversee all design decisions at Scumble Goosie. I have long been aware that pieces need to work in a variety of modern situations. They need to fit larger spaces,as well as smaller more awkward ones. To go with other pieces within their immediate surroundings, scaling has always been very important, while maintaining the classical proportions which underly all that we create.
Grecian and Roman buildings and temples, with their columns and plinths and other decoration, lie behind some of our designs. This is simply because they are timeless, and so much furniture design has been drawn from their inspiration.
I believe that we should try to design great hybrids which are pleasing to the eye, and work in the modern environment. Wherever possible, we incorporate storage into our pieces, to make them as useful as possible to you.
Fruitwood – A Sustainable Resource
Our pieces are largely, and usually entirely, made from a solid sustainable hardwood – Mango – which is very strong, durable and dense. It is virtually knot free and hard to dent. It does not leach sap and is very stable. It has a fine grain which lends itself well to staining or waxing, and of course, to painting. It is environmentally sustainable, starting its life by providing a harvest of mango fruit over many years. It can then be recycled into pieces such as ours. It will usually have one or two irregularities, which are characteristics of the wood itself, and the manufacturing process, rather than defects. These irregularities give it character, and lead many of our customers to like the idea of staining or waxing their furniture.
Looked after properly, you will get very many years of good service from pieces made from such a solid and robust wood.