Booking is open for our next Toolbox Talks

Our popular Toolbox Talks are a series of conversations between interior designers and companies who are experts in their craft with the aim of providing better knowledge and understanding of materials and skill in each area of excellence allowing the commissioning and sourcing of products for interiors to be more creative and effective.

Joining us for our next talk on 22nd February 2017 are eporta, the online sourcing platform exclusively for trade buyers and Solomon&Wu, makers of handmade luxury surfaces.The day includes a tour of our workshop and delicious lunch.

For BIID members, this will accrue 4 hours of CPD towards the annual BIID CPD requirement of 20 hours.

Programme of Talks

Eporta: The A-Z of Sourcing  As the largest trade-only sourcing platform for interiors, eporta exists to make sure that Interior Designers can always get the best products for their project. This talk covers all aspects of sourcing from accessing the best designs to responsibilities, pricing and supplier management. Learn how to save time on admin, sourcing effectively and efficiently so you can spend more time on the creative aspect of curating.

Solomon & Wu: The Exciting World of New Luxury Surfaces  Jake Solomon founder of Solomon&Wu will give an insight into developing ‘Elenite’ a new composite material and introducing it to the luxury interior design market as a base material for new handcrafted surfaces and innovative design concepts. Explore the creative processes and the research and development at Solomon&Wu’s Hertfordshire based workshop through exciting videos and behind the scenes footage.

Benchmark: The Colouring and Finishing of Wood  Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark’s MD and a furniture maker for over 30 years, will give an interactive talk on the many different ways of changing the colour of wood. Using samples and demonstrations he will show how wood can be transformed using oils and stains as well as more traditional techniques such as bleaching, fuming and ebonising.

Benchmark Workshop Tour: This tour is an opportunity for Interior Designers to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in furniture making and specialist joinery from tree to finished piece. Starting in the mill you will learn about the importance of timber selection in terms of colour, grain, character and structure and see how it is prepared and planked. Moving into the main workshop you will see the different stages of making from the 5 axis CNC machine through to the hand-cutting of joints by our master craftsmen. From there you will visit the Spray Shop where you will learn about different finishing techniques. Along the way you will visit the Metal Workshop and see how we work with non-ferrous metals such as pewter, copper and zinc. The tour will finish with the Design Studio where you will gain an insight into how we develop bespoke designs from initial briefs and sketch proposals, through samples and mock-ups, full CAD drawings and modelling, to the completed design.

Timings of the day

10:00 Coffee & welcome

10:30 Talks kick off

13:30 Lunch

14.00 Workshop tours and informal discussions

15.00 Afternoon tea

Travel arrangements

Benchmark is situated between Newbury and Hungerford and is easily accessible from the M4. If traveling by train from London there is a direct line from Paddington to Kintbury. There will be courtesy cars at Kintbury station meeting the 9.18am train from London, arriving 10.17am. Return transport to the station will be available as required.

Care to join us? With just 50 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis, be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

To book your place please click here >

Posted on: 13th December, 2016 By: Benchmark Category: Events & Exhibitions