SHAPE OF WICKER
About Our Company
A small atelier in Naples that opened its doors in 2014 as a one stop shop for outdoor furniture and soft furnishings, located in the trade center 5900 Shirley Street, supplying SWFL and beyond, designed in Naples and handmade in Vietnam.
Visiting our showroom, you will find our collection of superb quality, outdoor furniture and soft furnishings. You can also place Bespoke orders and indulge your creativity for patio, garden and terrace furniture.
Olga was a long standing trainer and choreographer serving the youth development Olympic gymnastic teams. She was married to a hugely talented alpine skier who sadly passed before his time. After the Olympic adventure Olga turned her energy to running her own chiropractic practice in Kazakhstan where she resided for several years. In parallel to relieving the pain for her clients she added English to her repertoire of languages and later perfected French with her move to Montreal, Canada. Olga is a world traveler with a Russian grandmother and Chinese grandfather who afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively whilst growing up. It is only fitting that Olga find a natural fit and would after scouting the world choose Asia as her manufacturing choice of excellence.
In the US Olga reinvented herself yet again to pursue her passion in the Interior Design world. She trained in the State of Florida where she has been residing since 1999. Prior to this, Olga was already an accomplished and avid seamstress, a hobby she pursued since her 12th Birthday when she got her first sewing machine as a present. Olga launched FineLineDesignsFlorida.com by combining her skills as a professional seamstress with her interest in design. She has an exceptional eye for detail and for high end finishings on all soft furnishings that has resulted in an enhanced overall experience that one can expect to receive when dealing with a purchase or custom design project at Shape of Wicker.
With ample trade experience under her belt she realized very quickly that there was a potential gap in the market for the ”outdoor interior” of south-west Florida. Olga put all her attention into catering to a clientele hungry for contemporary, hand crafted, and sophisticated custom made outdoor furniture and products. She is preoccupied with the external forms and shapes as a whole, the internal composition, even the detailing of the edges and new concepts every time. It is a uniquely holistic approach that leads to structures which are highly functional and comfortable. Olga has a penchant for wicker in natural form and synthetic, the latter form being the basis for her highly acclaimed collections designed under the roof of Shape of Wicker.
Robina grew up on the Iberian Peninsula until she became a teenager when she switched to the British education system via boarding school in the UK. After school she chose to pursue a Languages for Business degree at Oxford Brookes University. Robina leveraged her tri-lingual skills to access the glamorous world of Conde Nast and their stable of premium magazines. She was part of the Vanity Fair and Tatler teams in London. After London came Johannesburg and Robina was part of the launch team for GQ and House & Garden in South Africa and it was there that her true passion for all things design was honed.
After South Africa, armed with a husband and three children, the family moved to Spain. In addition to the full time job of bringing up a young family she included a stint as Marketing Director of a luxury realtor in Madrid, re-designed and renovated a 5,000 square foot family property and advised on a number of projects including the modernization and improvement of a large farm, or quinta, in northern Portugal – look up www.quintasoutocovo.com.
In 2007 the next stop was Singapore where Robina worked with the outstanding Interior Designer Karina Zabihi and became a curator of beautiful sustainable pieces from Naples to Nepal. She oversaw not one, but two, renovations of former Colonial homes and returned them back to their former glory. Her love affair with mixing East and the West continued through to the family’s arrival in Florida in 2013.
Robina’s passion has many outlets: She is in the process of launching a “conscious collection for sustainable interiors”, producing bespoke cushions and empowering Latina women in and around Immokalee. Some words to describe Robina’s style: Rethink. Recreate. Redo. Remix. Recycle. Repurpose. Restore. It should be an experience, there is beauty in everything.
Nowadays Robina has found her own niche in the US alongside Shape of Wicker. “It is a dream come true. A fun and exciting professional environment to work in and more importantly an amazing, educated and very stylish clientele who keep us all on our feet. They know design and are very discerning. It is a wonderful challenge”.
Your Personality. Our Design.
Shape of Wicker is unique from other outdoor furniture manufacturers. You can expect affordable, custom wicker furniture, handwoven in Vietnam.
SHAPE OF WICKER
Our Design Process
The process of hand-weaving any wicker (man made or natural) is time consuming, and requires the expertise of a skillful artisan. The Vietnamese have dedicated themselves to promote and preserve Vietnam’s craft. Since peacetime, the arts have begun to flourish again, and Vietnam once more considers itself a centre for beautiful craftsmanship and highly regarded for its weaving traditions and masterful work.
The journey begins with putting pencil to paper – once a brief is underway, we sketch out the given product and in doing so visualizing that dream. The drawing begins to be translated into a 3D CAD program – allowing us to explore the concept further, adjust measurements, and investigate proportions. The materials, style and color is also selected at this stage. The final 3D design acts as the main point of reference for our eager manufacturer overseas.
We engage with the client and get to work on the scope being presented to us, with a narrowed down brief we focus on the design in mind, sketching and illustrations get under way with perhaps a review or two, once approved we start the manufacturing process.
The manufacturer fabricates and welds custom aluminum frames that are an exact match to our original 3D design. The frame structure is then powder-coated to ensure durability and further protection against moisture retention and rust.
Welding commences, followed by powder–coating and our special weaving technique.
Our final process is well underway; the icing on the cake, if embellishments are in the scope of work, they would get applied now. This is the most time consuming stage, requiring the expertise of a skillful artisan who dedicates himself entirely to applying polyethylene fibers woven onto the structure.
Shape of Wicker regularly travels to Vietnam to maintain a close relationship with their manufacturer. It always proves an invaluable time as we get a chance to examine novel creations and ideas for further prototyping processes. We also get to confirm that our one of a kind products are being made to match exact design and visions of upcoming projects.
Bedding / Pillows
Upholstery / Cushions
ART Cornices / Headboards
Electric & Manual Shades