We get the lowdown on modern industrial-style furniture company Grey and Sanders from its two founders, Chase and Wilton.
Why set up Grey and Sanders?
Disillusioned with some of our own purchases, where cheaper materials had been upsold as premium products, we wanted to bring together great design and quality to create enviable products, all at a good price. Paying more does not guarantee you good quality!
Shopping with you is a little different; can you elaborate?
We have over 150 slabs of wood in varying sizes in our showroom; these are usually used for tabletops. Shopping with us is easy; customers can bring along a floor plan, or just know the space or size they have in mind for the dining area or table. They choose their preferred slab and legs while in the showroom, and we can deliver the desired product in approximately a week’s time.
We have simplified the shopping process by offering such a wide range of slab sizes to cater for individual preferences, so we can create a customer’s dream table in a short lead time. If the preferred length is not available, we can customise to the length needed.
American black walnut wood is one of your most popular tabletop materials. Why?
It’s a hard wood, it has good shock resistance and is moderately dense, which makes it an ideal material for furniture. It’s also considered more resistant to denting and wear from normal daily use, and with sufficient care for the wood, the furniture will age gracefully and prove to be a timeless piece. Black walnut is also distinctive with its straight fine grains, often with attractive swirls and wave patterning that come in the form of wood knots, burls and curls.
What leather do you use for your sofas?
Our pieces come in full- or top-grain leather. Full grain comes from the top layer of the hide and is considered to be of the highest quality and aesthetically exquisite due to the natural grains. Besides being highly sought after, the cost of the leather is also mainly attributed to the constraints in obtaining flawless hide and the difficulty in craftsmanship.
Full grain leather is extremely durable, and it retains its natural, and unique, grains. Also, when it ages it develops an attractive patina – spots of sheen and shine, a result of the leather absorbing traces of life around it — water, moisture, dirt, sunlight, or even natural body oils.
Top grain leather is widely considered as the second highest grade of leather. It’s less tough, making it easier to work with, and usually has a larger variety of colours and finishes. It’s often finished with protective coatings that reduces permeability of the leather to resist staining and ease cleaning efforts. Top grain is often a good balance between aesthetics and practicality, especially for families with kids.
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