As soon as the weather is as hot and humid as possible, our product development team jumps on a plane and heads to Asia! While the weather isn’t ideal, we have such an amazing time meeting with vendors and seeing the sights that we don’t mind. We work with a huge variety of manufacturers all over the world to be able to bring you all a high quality and broad reaching product line every season. Many manufacturers use traditional artisan techniques and often their companies are a small family affair. One example of a unique product and a strong relationship with its manufacturer is our Corrugated Metal and Wood Decorative Awning. We were able to document part of the production of this item below. Just wait until you see the end product!
This photo was taken in Fujian province, China. We love seeing such beautiful diverse landscapes as we travel throughout Asia.
This manufacturer has lots on interesting projects in the works. They specialize in larger wood items that are inspired by French antiques.
This is the frame of the awning being built. After the frame is built, many steps go into making the final product including adding many layers of wood, metal, and paint to add patina.
So many beautiful future awnings!
Viola! This is the final product. This awning is 8 feet long. The customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. Imagine it as a statement fixture above a table of merchandise.
Here is the awning in our Atlanta showroom during the summer market. We think it looks just lovely with the rest of the Botanist collection.