Areas of our workshop floor are covered by a sparkling, lush carpet of silvered aluminum. Although not plush and welcoming for bare feet, our shining floor is the spectacular result of a day’s work crafting this remarkable material that ultimately becomes McKinnon and Harris high performance aluminum furniture.
The precise art of sculpting, removing material little by little by the skilled hands of a master craftsperson is an art fundamental to our furniture. Only an experienced artisan with an intimate understanding of aluminum and its properties can understand how raw aluminum will react as it is carefully cut, sanded, and shaped by hand in preparation for welding. Their expertise is coupled with a sensitivity and respect for this magical material.
Realizing our everyday drama of shining aluminum curly q’s and shavings was actually quite extraordinary. We decided to share this phenomenon in our 2011 Holiday Card and in the window of our New York showroom. The Pavilion VI Sofa was installed atop our custom aluminum piled carpet, and for a few weeks scraps from our workshop floor became uniquely beautiful holiday tinsel!
One hundred percent of our aluminum shavings and scraps are meticulously gathered, saved, and recycled.
As always, we invite you to come visit our Richmond, Virginia workshop and experience our glorious aluminum firsthand!