The Making of Verso
Inspired by the gravity defying, swooping motion of falling leaves in the wind, our Verso Lighting Range is an asymmetrical wooden work of art. With an aesthetic unlike any of our other designs, Verso has created new processes, methods, and challenges for our workshop team to master. Join us in finding out more about the development of this unique, artisan design…
Where it all began...
The first step in creating any new design is our Founder, Tom, putting his ideas on paper and sketching out his latest inspiration. Whether these are rough sketches or a more detailed design, Tom’s vision is always displayed to the team through these drafts. Together with our talented workshop team, they then pick apart each piece of the design and spend countless hours ensuring the light can be handcrafted to our high-quality finish for each and every customer order.
Through this testing, each detail is meticulously analysed – from wood type to construction style, lighting effect and packaging...everything is evaluated to ensure the new range will last a lifetime.
Crafting: the balancing act
The making process begins with the swooping layers that create the unexpected display of light from the Verso Lighting Range. Cutting the lengths of timber that create each design is a carefully considered job, with some of the range using just one continuous piece of wood. The lengths of sustainably sourced ash, oak or walnut wood all vary in weight, meaning our team of craftspeople have to be precise, with key attention to detail when hand making this asymmetrical design with the additional benefit of each piece being truly unique every time.
The Verso Range features a cleverly placed, offset plate which allows for equal weight distribution of the lampshade. After a lot of trial and error, our workshop team created a custom jig, which allows them to secure each length of Verso timber to the base plate of the light for stability and balance. Strong, swooping lines are what characterise the new sculptural range, so this precise balancing act helps ensure nothing distracts from the leaping lengths of timber when they are illuminated.
Now for the workshop team’s favourite part, stepping back and seeing their hard work as a finished piece, before sending it through to our finishing team and then off to get carefully packaged.
Sprayed, sealed, and delivered
Once the maker is happy with the design they have made, the Verso Light is passed along to our finishing team. Each piece in the Verso Range is sprayed with an eco-friendly, water-based varnish which provides a protective, natural finish. Before the design goes to our logistics team to be carefully packed up and sent to its forever home in its very own custom, plastic free, recyclable packaging, the team give the piece one final check for quality control.