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May 2012



“Gueule de Bois”

Recycled woods, gnarled surfaces and extroverted branches – wood surprises us and plays on all levels of design.
Whether raw or refined, domesticated or coloured, wood naturally imbues a living space with a force that only the finest of materials can endorse. It goes without saying that logs and branches have existed since the dawn of time… which is only another reason to reinterpret their use. From collectable design pieces to everyday objects, wood is, as the designer Zoe Ouvrier (who carves ornate screens) explains, “a flesh that hides many veins and scars. I love the random success that comes from working on wood: by hollowing its veins, and tracing its fingerprints.” Soft and pliable, wood graciously accommodates. Better still, it magnifies the gesture, and the watchful eye of designer or sculptor… (May 2012)

 

 

photo: Jean-Jean 2 Number 111

Text: Marie Le Fort

The wood
Species:
about 200 wood species traded worldwide, 133 are used in furniture
Superficie:
16.1 million hectares of forest in France, nearly 4 billion worldwide

 

Pablo Reinoso

 

Pablo Reinoso
The Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso colonizes the space or the wall(s) as if a vine sprouting from the earth. On display at the Galerie Carpenters Workshop, Paris.

www.pabloreinoso.com

 

 

Aldo Bakker

 

Aldo Bakker
The Tonus stool was hand carved by Dutch designers Aldo Bakker from a block of solid oak. Some say it looks like an elephant! Presented at the Galerie Perimeter Art & Design. ©Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg, courtesy of Particles.

www.aldobakker.com

Caroline Gomez

 

Caroline Gomez
Simple and everyday, the sketch-like creations of Caroline Gomez play the card of poetry. Tiens, a cloud tray and a mounted shelf fill the surrounding space!

www.carolinegomez.com

 

 

Zoé Ouvrier

 

Zoé Ouvrier
Meticulously handcrafted on behalf of the London gallery FUMI, the wooded screens by Zoe Ouvrier hark back to age-old crafts including the woodcut, a technique frequently used in the thirteenth century.

www.zoeouvrier.com

Marcel By

 

Marcel By
A digital interpretation of wood, this shelf designed by architects Jakob + MacFarlane for the new French design house Marcel By plays with volumes and geometry to carve out meandering and wooded trees.

www.marcelby.fr

 

Collectif Dito

 

Collectif Dito
Strange crates made from streaked wood positioned on a tripod, this Carata Blanc cabinet from Collectif Dito revisits the art of tidying up in a creative and colourful manner!

www.collectifdito.com

Floris Wubben

 

Floris Wubben
As inventive as a bird’s nest is complex, the Eyrie Chair by Dutch designer Floris Wubben honors natural structures: a chair made entirely of wood, twigs, pieces of ash and wood glue.

www.floriswubben.nl

 

 

Benjamin Graindorge

 

Benjamin Graindorge
Created by Benjamin Graindorge and sculpted by Bruce McWeeny, the Fallen Tree bench issued by the Ymer & Malta gallery is an ode to the domestication of wild wood. Oak branches that have been grafted and debarked become a bench made of solid oak planks, supported by a foot of optical glass. On display at the Ymer & Malta gallery.

www.ymeretmalta.com

Damien Gernay

 

Damien Gernay
A marriage of lightwood and leather – this defines the Bloated shelf by French designer Damien Gernay that is being displayed exclusively at the Galerie Gosserez. From the image of a protruding belly constrained by a belt, from a round, tied-up shape that naturally finds its place, the designer orchestrated a dialogue between rigid structure and flexible skin, between form and matter. Presented at the Galerie Gosserez, Paris.

www.galeriegosserez.com

La Chance

 

La Chance
Issued by La Chance, Note Design Studio has designed the graphically styled Bolt stool by assembling four large wooden logs, and holding them together with a solid metal ring. If you are at first struck by its size, you will next be surprised by its comfort!

www.lachance.fr

Petit Jean et Grand Jean

 

Petit Jean et Grand Jean
Designed by the young trio numéro 111, Jean-Jean is a hybrid piece of storage furniture. It is made up from two modules of different sizes and types of wood, Petit Jean and Grand Jean. These two independent modules are joined together by two thumbscrews to form a sculptural duo, mixing raw wood and smooth lacquered wood. Limited to 12 copies, it is produced by the Galerie Gosserez.

www.galeriegosserez.com

Piergil Fourquié

 

Piergil Fourquié
Piergil Fourquié used oak and concrete for his Totem series to create a forest of objects. A mirror, side table, potholder and coat rack hold themselves up like slender aerial structures of wood, planted in pedestals of concrete foundations and decorate the entrance halls of houses. From 50 cm to 172 cm. 
Produced by Galerie Gosserez.

www.galeriegosserez.com

 

Valentin Loellmann

 

Valentin Loellmann
Another reinterpretation of wood with the M & Mme family from German designer Valentin Loellmann with an exclusive piece, unveiled at the Pavillon des Arts et du Design in Paris. The Maman cabinet, papa armoire, and fiston seat are made from recycled old Dutch furniture and then covered with a new polyester skin. The marriage of genres, an alliance of style to give a wooden family a particular genetic code. Made with bankiraï Indonesian wood and elements of antique furniture, glass fiber and polyester.
At the Galerie Gosserez.

www.galeriegosserez.com

 

 

 

 

Muuto

 

Muuto
Wood is also and above all, the main component of crates and storage boxes, shelves and bookcases. At Muuto, anyone can construct a personalized storage unit, using the ‘Mini Stacked’ concept designed by Julien de Smedt (JDS Architects). A chance to get creative.
www.muuto.com

 


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