The Artisan factory
The Artisan factory emerged from the traditional woodwork shop Ćostović, which conveyed all its love towards wood and 50-year experience of wood processing into it. Artisan specializes in the manual production of high quality furniture made from solid wood, and this insistence on manual, artisan work is what sets us apart. We acquired our first experiences by producing furniture for Dutch and British designers, and we started our own first collection in collaboration with the regional designers in 2007. Since then, our aim has been to reaffirm the philosophy that guides us with each collection, each piece of wood, with each designer’s vision and diligent craftsmen’s touch.
We treat walnut, cherry and elm wood only with superheated steam to reach an ideal color with an accentuated texture without jeopardising the structure and ecological values of the wood. Wood treated this way, as well as oak and maple wood, is prepared for natural drying in covered, ventilated storage facilities at carefully selected geographic locations best suited for natural drying until a critical moisture level is reached appropriate for the continued drying in computer-controlled chambers operating under conventional and vacuum systems using state-of-the-art wood drying software. We store wood dried in this manner under conditions identical to the living conditions of the people for whom the furniture is made. What followes next is the selection of wood from the storage facility and its cutting to the desired lengths and widths, machine processing and gluing into boards, drying and acclimatisation. With precise machine processing, the wood is then prepared for assembling the end product, the cutting and cropping of the completed boards or elements in a traditional manner and through the use of a 5-axis CNC machine.
The final production stages are assembling and finishing work. For the finishing work we use natural oils, soaps, wax and varnish. These substances are mutually acceptable, i.e. they can be applied together to a given surface. The use of these substances (or the combination of the same) on dried wood ensures a longer lifespan, preserves its naturalness and improves the visual wood features – color, texture, etc.
About the ‘love wood’ philosophy
We use solid wood from renewable resources in our production, only environmentally-friendly materials for treatment, natural oils and wax that emphasize the luxurious and organic beauty of wood texture and that enable it to “breathe” naturally. This emphasizes the natural colour diversity, while the use of harmful chemical substances for wood treatment is avoided by using vinyl-based glue.
We insist that, at the end of the production process, the furniture that adorns your living environment is as natural as the wood from which it has originated.
Our plant and our artisans are equipped and trained to offer designers as much freedom and options as possible in order for them to realize their vision.
Further more we encourage the designers to create each piece with their own artistic signature insisting that every such piece is worthy of the precious material it was made from, thus conveying our philosophy of love of wood.