Humans of Petit: Federico

My name is Federico and I am from a town just outside of Rome. I recently completed a degree in Furniture Design. The qualification involved all the stages from initial concept of a piece, right through to creation. I was offered to come to England on a 6 month internship through my college and was placed at Petit Miracles.

Here, I have learned more about commercialisation in the furniture industry but also have had the chance to learn and use different materials I had never used before; different types of paint, finishes, oils and stains. On top of all of this, I am also slowly improving my English!

I enjoy designing the furniture as I am gaining skills to create the most unusual furniture. If I can imagine it, I can now make it! I like the creativity and freedom this gives me. I love creating something from raw materials.

I designed a dining table using pallet wood; the inspiration was a discarded piece of toughened glass that was leftover in the shop from an old table. My aim was to create something very simplistic but also unusual. I created a frame for the glass to fit into using 2 by 4s. I had to work out a practical but also beautiful way to create this. I measured, cut and sanded the frame. I then had to make an edge to protect the glass but didn’t want it to be too bulky. I love using raw materials, so wanted the main focus to be on the wooden frame but also felt it needed a little something extra. I decided to highlight the corners using grey paint, which ties in beautifully with the hairpin legs I chose for the table.

The table is now available on our website here: https://www.petitmiracles.org.uk/product/federico/

I have also created bespoke storage items using old scaffold boards. For this I had to measure and cut the boards using the mitre saw in the workshop. I then sanded down these pieces as they were very rough! I used 40 grit, then 60 grit and finally 80 & 120 grit sandpaper to get them as smooth as I needed. Once this was done, it was only a matter of marking where the pieces would join and drilling and screwing the parts together.

 

Petit create many items of bespoke furniture and if you have an idea that you would like realised, please contact us at: workshop@petitmiracles.org.uk