Work flow

'Saying' is one thing 'Delivering' is quite another.

Allow MI to take you on a journey…walking you through the steps that a piece of furniture at MI takes from the mindset or conceptual design to its final designed look and destination…

The Design / Concept / Brief

At the onset, we work with a client and a brief, whether this is a physical design or concept. We discuss requirements offering, where needed, advice as to the models’ structural capabilities noting where the piece is designed to be placed. Only when the Design, Concept, or Brief is drawn out and been approved by the client, do we move to the Sample stage.

Sample

MI sets to work on creating a full working sample of every design piece. During this process, we can carry out tests on strength, functionality, and any design elements that may require critiquing and testing (any item may work virtually, but could be subjected to issues when in their end location). In all this process, close collaboration takes place with the client to ensure they are kept up to date in testing and development.

Only once this is approved in sample terms and again signed off do we then either ship a finished sample off, or move on to the Production stage.

Production

Once a working sample is approved, we commence with cutting raw materials for the production piece. Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines are used that ensure all components are precisely cut.

For rough mill, we use insect treated, kiln-dried wood materials with moisture content (MC) of less than 8%. After shaping, we assemble the raw frames using dovetail joints and align all drawers, doors are checked to operate correctly.

MI QC teams verify the product made is concur with the shop drawing. Any adjustments needed will be done here.

Finishing

MI’s aim is to achieve the ‘impeccable finish,’ and this comes with strict QC scrutiny throughout the following the Finishing process. Multiple steps within sanding take place to obtain the best ‘key’. Visible areas, along with back panels, inside drawers, and undersides, are all thoroughly sanded down and prepared before the Coloring stage.

MI applies all base colors by hand and then allowed to dry between each application. Only once the required coloring has been achieved does the piece then get readied for the Sealing stage.

Sealing provides maximum protection for the wood and toning while bringing out the natural beauty of the wood grains. The last stage requires a final topcoat course after the color match test is met.

Quality Control

Quality Control teams guard all the steps in MI furniture manufacturing to ensure compliance and best quality in raw material and component sourcing, assembly, drawer/door leveling, product accuracy, sanding to final finishing.

MI carries out all final finished checks (upon completion) scrutinizing color, construction, accessories installation (handle, upholstery, lighting, glass, stone top all fit/positioned correctly)

Only when all QC elements pass they get signed off as an approved furniture piece and assigned for packing

Packing

With all production steps now approved, the focus moves to ensure every furniture piece is securely packaged, wrapped, and boxed. A choice of client packaging options is available ( see below). Labeling up of every box with client coding/instructions is available.

The choice of a single face,(standard box packaging), to extra protection options are available. The packing team ensures every box is correctly labeled, referenced, and safely stacked at container loading.

Fulfilment

Passion in what we do is what drives us within MI—reproducing value, quality, and beauty for every furniture piece with on-time delivery.

Prolonging the lifespan of MI natural wooden furniture appearance through coloring and finishings help limit the harmful damage of UV. As with any naturally made item, long term exposure to direct sunlight may alter the look of a MI piece over time. Its use and enjoyment, however, from the passion that went into its construction will last for years to come.

QC PROCESS

How many Quality Control production steps does MI have?

MI instigates seven stringent steps with Quality Control being the overriding step throughout. At every stage of Design, Manufacturing, Production, and Packing, each has to be pass in order to move to the next, while recording and documenting along the way.

  1. Selection of best/suitable materials for every furniture piece
  2. Only wood material passing certified insect treatments used.
  3. Moisture content levels must be less than 12%, with no visible dead knots, only approved V-Legal/ FLEGT certificate, TSCA panels. Upholstery using certified foams (CAL-117, UK Standard)
  4. Raw frame: ergonomic construction, sturdy, damage-proof and weight-bearing tested
  5. Sanding: smooth surfaces with no sanding or cutter markings

Finishing: (typically 3 to 7 steps) of paint layering: base, color, topcoats. All must achieve and pass the following:

  1. Visual inspections.
  2. Final finished checks (upon completion): color, construction, accessories installation (handle, upholstery, lighting, glass, stone top all with correct fit/positioning.
  3. Packaging: choice of a single face, standard box packaging to extra protection options. Ensure every box has is correctly labeled, referenced, and safely stacked at container loading.

MI at a Glance

PRODUCTION AREA

12,500 m2/ 134,550 sq ft

Output Capacity

> 20 x 40ft containers PCM.

Functions

Design, Estimators, Quality Control, Drying, Saw Mill, Carpentry, Sanding and Finishing, Upholstery, Packing and Container Loading, and Aftercare.

Organization

Leadership Team, Senior Management, Administration, Finance, R&D, QC, Department Heads, Supervisors, > 250 full-time employees