From traditional French polish to contemporary spray shellacking, from patinating to polishing to plating, from gold-leaf gilding to lacquering to decorative painting, we take tremendous care with our finishes. As the final touch on a carefully crafted piece of furniture, the finish is designed to underscore and deepen its perfection.
Ever since Rinck’s founding, strong emphasis has been placed on the importance of the finishes that give even greater beauty and elegance to our creations. This is why finishing work is performed by trained and experienced varnishers in both our fitting and furniture workshops. Varnishers have a chemist’s flair – they are very familiar with the products and their compositions and are therefore able to produce any type of varnish: matte, satin, gloss, or high-gloss. They have an artist’s flair, as well, working hand-in-hand with our designers, applying their savoir-faire in researching and developing new, creative, original, high-quality finishes. Rinck has channeled the depth and breadth of its expertise into developing a Finishes collection based on approximately thirty finishes created using a variety of application techniques.
The Sequin finish, for example, is the result of a cleverly placed electrical system that burns off part of the veining, while the Orbe finish uses a more traditional coloring technique enhanced by a spray of gold droplets before the matte varnish is applied.
This savoir-faire is highly prized to this day, continuing to inspire artists and decorators with its capacity to add character and a venerable appearance of authenticity to contemporary objects they design. The nuances and textures created by patination are beyond compare; it is an art that leaves the impression of the gentle wear or harsh ravages of time, evoking memories of the past. A patina plays ceaselessly with light and shadow, for singular surfaces with a life of their own.
The process of creating the patina varies with the surface to be treated, but depends particularly on the desired result. It may involve the use of chemicals to speed the aging process, or natural substances to create textured effects. The layers of paint can be sanded, scraped, or faded, for example, each resulting in a specific appearance. Ultimately, the patina can leave a surface looking as though it has aged naturally with time, with scuffs, stains, areas of varying wear, and color nuances. It can also give a new surface an old or rustic appearance by creating the illusion of texture and depth.
In short, patination is a form of savoir-faire intended to esthetically imitate a surface that has survived centuries of use, which generates a distinctively appealing and authentic aura.
In concrete terms, polishing is a finishing technique that involves rubbing the surface of a material, such as wood or metal, to create a smooth, shiny, reflective surface. It is performed using a variety of tools, such as felt pads coated with polishing paste or polishing discs, high-quality abrasives. Though polishing machines do exist for large-scale production, our workshops polish exclusively by hand to ensure an impeccable result on different surfaces or objects, such as a metal vanity or desk, or wooden panels to line a dressing room.
As a premium decoration technique, it calls for artistic mastery and manual dexterity and, in the Rinck workshops, is used to create unique and high-quality pieces. Our craftspeople apply it to interior architecture, for example, to decorate ornamental elements such as cornices, moldings, or columns. On our contemporary furniture creations, such as the games table in the Hébé collection, gold leaf serves as an ornamental element that adds elegance, light, and mesmerizing effects of texture and shine.
Lacquer, be it the original plant-based or the European variety, is always applied in the same way. First, it requires substantial preparation of the surface to which it will be applied, as this will give it its appearance of depth. Once the surface is ready, the lacquerer can apply the layers of lacquer. A single layer takes several days to fully dry, and is then polished with increasingly fine abrasives before the next coat of lacquer can cover it. Needless to say, this manual process is lengthy and tedious.
While lacquer is still widely used today, natural lacquer is limited due to its rarity and high cost. Smooth, pleasant to the touch, supple, waterproof, and resistant to aging, plant-based lacquer has a very slight translucency that creates the appearance of depth. Its remarkable properties make it ideal for our interior design projects that require a high-quality finish.
Rinck’s craftspeople use either the plant-based form or the European shellac form, depending on the desired result. They are committed to bringing this heritage and ancestral savoir-faire to life through their work. There are endless creative possibilities to be achieved through the multiple application options, allowing our artisans and designers to express their talent and unique artistic sensitivity. Wall panels, everyday objects, classic and contemporary furniture, articles of Eastern or Western inspiration – lacquer possesses endless potential.