The Indigo Build
Solid wood furniture in Pine and Oak handcrafted in Indigo’s own workshops.
SOLID WOOD FURNITURE
Solid wood furniture crafted in our own workshops, where cabinet makers use traditional techniques and restored machinery to create the distinct Indigo build and aesthetic. Hand built to order, signed off by the craftsmen and sealed with guarantees of up to 15 years.
Each design is created at Indigo’s head office by a creative team headed up by co-founder Miles. Starting out as a hand-drawn sketch, which is then drafted using Computer Aided Design. A prototype made at Indigo’s workshop is scrutinised for aesthetic balance, usability, form and function. It can take up to two years for a design to go from an idea to a part of the Indigo range of solid wood furniture.
SEASONED SOLID WOOD
The Indigo build entails solid, seasoned wood – air and kiln dried for up to three years. The quality of the Indigo build is shown in the significant weight of each piece of furniture.
All of Indigo’s solid wood furniture which includes beds, tables, cabinets and wardrobes are made with solid timber posts. Solid wood furniture is the informed choice for your home and will last for generations, provided with the reassurance of the renowned Indigo 15 Year Guarantee.
The sustainable timber used in Indigo’s solid wood furniture originates from some of the tallest trees in North America. The Quebec Pine is a slow growing species, sourced from the vast lands of Canada where the cool, humid climate ensures the wood grows slow and true, resulting in an even, straight grain and unique patina.
Air-dried for up to a year and then kiln dried for a further three months in a sawdust fired kiln, to remove residual moisture and prevent shrinkage and movement.
This wood does not twist or warp compared to commonly used European Pine and is widely used to make the patterns for metal casting due to it’s stable structure. Part of a rich heritage in building and cabinet making; and prized by ship builders for it’s majestic trunks, traditionally used to make ship masts.
Featuring The Merchant’s Chest in solid Quebec PineCHARACTER OF PINE
French and Baltic Oak
Oak is fundamental in cabinet making. Indigo use only French and Baltic Oak; valued for it’s density and significant weight. A timber defined by a close, tight-knit, linear grain which results in a resilient and hardwearing furniture with exceptional patina. During the seasoning process the timbers are air dried for 6-24 months and then kiln dried for up to 8 months; removing the moisture over a period of time produces a uniform level throughout the timber preventing shrinkage and movement.
Featuring The Parlour Oak CupboardCHARACTER OF OAK
MACHINED FROM WHOLE PLANKS
Each plinth and load bearing post’s are machined from one, whole piece of timber; unlike other furniture on the market, which may be made with several smaller pieces of timber glued together.
Many solid wood furniture pieces are crafted to dismantle into the composite planks and posts ensuring ease of installation and should you move home. To learn more about the Indigo Furniture Delivery and Installation service visit our delivery and returns page.LEARN MORE
“The raw material is a constant source of inspiration. We use only solid, seasoned timber which undergoes two stages of seasoning. The seasoned timber is re-sawn using a Wartime Ripsaw, part of a collection which I scour the country for; archetypal woodworking machinery which is painstakingly restored to it’s former glory.
Machines which would have been used to make some of the iconic British warplanes such as Spitfires, which still run like they were made yesterday.”
Miles Gregory Director
The Indigo workshop is home to several restored Wartime woodworking machines. Traditional woodworking requires traditional machinery; no longer in production, and many are left to slowly rust.
The pride of this working collection is a 1920’s Wadkin Pickles Ripsaw – restored by Indigo Furniture in early 2001. The marks left by the working process are part of the inherent character of Indigo Furniture. Marks which are never fully sanded out of our solid wood furniture and which a part of the distinct Indigo aesthetic.
Learn more about the unique character of the timbers we use to create our solid wood furniture below.
LIVING BRITISH THE FILM
Join us for a behind the scenes look at the workings of Indigo’s solid wood furniture workshop based on the heart of the Peak District.
Taking in the Derbyshire hills above Tansley, Matlock and Indigo’s local workshop and culminating at our flagship showroom on the heart of Matlock’s historic Dale Road.
SEALED WITH THE 15 YEAR GUARANTEE
Signed off by Indigo craftsmen and sealed with the renowned Indigo 15 Year Guarantee; testament to the staunch and steadfast Indigo build. Should any structural or manufacturing fault occur under guarantee then the piece will be either repaired or replaced free of charge.
MORTISE AND TENON JOINTS
An age-old woodworking technique defined by a snug, close fit resulting in steadfast and unyielding joint. The tenon tongue is machined from the piece itself which then fits into the mortice hole; crafted with a ‘shoulder’ to sit against the timber.
HAND FINISHED WITH NATURAL WAX
The cool, neutral tones of natural Oak and the warm honeyed tones of Canadian Pine are brought to life with a natural wax hand-finish which nourishes and protects; bringing the inherent character to the fore.
Completed with metalwork, hand-cast to Indigo’s exacting specifications using the age old technique of pattern making; which utilises a wooden pattern to create a sand cast mould into which molten iron is poured.
Each and every piece of Indigo wooden furniture is hewn from solid seasoned timber. Pine is air-dried for up to a year and then kiln dried for a further three months. Oak is air dried for 6-24 months and then kiln dried for up to 8 months.
During the manufacture process of Indigo solid wood furniture smaller scraps of Pine and Oak left over from the cutting process are used to heat Indigo’s workshop.
Biomass boilers to provide heat during the Winter months. Shavings are compressed with air to create an entirely natural briquette.