DESIGN: Wood is showing up in 3 brand new chairs
Wood is a material that never ceases to amaze us. Probably the most requested natural resource in this world, it is perishable as much as it is capable of renewing itself. In the design world, wood is pampered and coveted for these multiple properties. Meet up with the news, and three new chairs to warmly consider.
Andrea Mestre, Gandia
Andrea Mestre has studied rattan, rather for his abilities than for his appearance. Indeed cousin of the wood, it is a material of incredible flexibility, a property that is probably not exploited sufficiently. That's why the designer went in search of this flexibility, transforming furniture from our daily life into dynamic object, fitting more closely into our environment and our actions, since contrary to appearances, the backrest and the seat of Gandia are moving, sliding, accompanying and adapting to the slightest movement of its user.
More information on the website of Andrea Mestre.
Arch Chair, Douglas and Bec
Taking advantage of the sculptural forms of the new wave design, the Arch chair by Douglas and Bec pays however tribute to the typical chairs of the Parisian breweries, which Thonet was the initiator. Sublime combination of curved wood and rattan once again, the object could be banal. Far from it. Embellished with a comfortable velvet seat, Arch has everything to become an emblematic and refined armchair, perfect for a hotel lobby, a living room, in a nutshell, an interior at the height of its pace.
More information on the website of Douglas and Bec
Lisa Ertel, Dune
Wood can be an illusion tool. Manipulated, machined, it may seem more rough than it actually is. Lisa Ertel played with the appearance of the wood, its rings and its irregularity to reveal it in the daylight. Indeed, Dune, thanks to the technique of sandblasting, comes from a wood that was originally polished and smooth finally finding relief, exaggerating the features of its rings. The designer forces nature to re-emerge, and thanks to the effects of shadows and light, it is finally the living that takes the step on the material, restoring its dynamic and complexity.
More information on the website of Lisa Ertel
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Photographs: Dune, Michelle Mantel