Earlier pieces in this collection often refer to the re-use of old materials in order to give them a durable character and provide them with a new function and a new aesthetics. Especially the use of tile laths has a specific interest, since this material is not only abstracted from the forest, but subsequently used in hidden constructions and serve to carry roof tiles.
The ideas on which this collection of furniture is based are explicitly expressed in this spatial object. On the one hand, it refers to the origin and first bearer of the wood, but since it is visualized as an abstraction it presents the construction which it has become to us. The objects plays with the balance between hiding and revealing by placing the tile laths on the outside of the object in a play of lines that became gradually visible in the production process, both for the designer and the audience.
By presenting the object in the public space, the spectator is invited to reflect on the production processes that natural materials often undergo. Furthermore, the work offers a reflection on the fact that these materials are often hidden from sight through their use in constructions which make them invisible to us. This way, the object questions the demarcation between ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’ beauty. The artificiality of the object also reflects the artificiality of the space in which it is placed. It almost becomes a totem or an altar, but in a way in which it is not clear what we praise nowadays; nature, the constructions we make from nature, or both.Share