二、關於生產Large scale of production?
Production and manufacture are always bounded by the availability of modern techniques and machines. One of the most effective modern furniture productions to keep up quality and productivity, is creating a flexible collection of the same seat and back with several bases or legs. Taking sofa as an example, many of the sofas are no longer retained in a single piece, but configurations or steel/ wooden legs within the modular systems.
Most of the furnishing brands established in the new era do not have their own cabinet makers/ workshops or factories, all they can do is to outsource third party factories/ manufacturers around the world and send them back for testing. The type of modern industrial/ standardize production only applies to “made-to-ship” and “quick ship” stocks, while almost all the other “made-to-order” or people call them “tailor-made” designs takes much longer time to produce manually, proceed and pass through all the experiments and standards.
Great and historical designs are often being recognised only after they could no longer be manufactured. We often receive the new product index and price list a few times a year. Most of the discontinued items were certain colour/ fabric/ accessories and quite a number of great and honest designs that were so unique that go beyond the century or opposite to the market trend.
Designs that we displayed in our showroom might be discontinued, which you can no longer pre-order a new one and it takes another few weeks for an official reply from the suppliers on maintenance. If you’re lucky enough, there might be some stocked in other furnishing stores. But mostly, the one in our showroom would be the very last one from the original manufacturer. Sometimes, we place them on our outlet and hope a person with a willing mind could take care of them for the rest of their life. Just don’t forget to check their condition before placing your order online.
雖說布款可自行選擇，但貨期時長會因應選擇款式而有所不同。大多品牌會有數種預設布料(即同事常推薦的Kvadrat款式)，正常情況下都以較短的時間運到香港，我們稱之為quick ship；而made-to-order的選項均要視乎廠商存貨，大部分傢俬包含製作及運輸正常時間是3.5 - 4月。
You can always choose your own fabric and materials with lead time subject to your selection. Under normal circumstances, ready-to-go sets are stocked sufficiently in warehouses with a shorter lead time that we called “quick ship” items. Availability of made-to-order items are based on factories and brands with most likely 3.5 - 4 months lead time, including production and shipping when every material is there for manufacturing.
P.S. Apart from epidemic circumstances, most of the suppliers usually have their summer vacations in these months. As if there were any delay, we will contact you one by one once we receive the notice from our suppliers and rearrangements will be made with alternatives.
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