Monday, 23 October 2017

De Van Hut

De Van Hut makes individual incredible play spaces and toys for children from waste wood that is reclaimed from companies that use FSC approved wood each creation is a unique copy, with unique features.
De Van Hut also gives a second life to existing pieces of furniture by altering and adding recuperative material until they become toys. In this way old loved objects get an unexpected new future. They are innovative, great fun and bring massive JOY.
This carousel piece was installed at the TAZ Theatre Aan Zee, you can see a video of it in action here.

Eleanor Lakelin II

Eleanor Lakelin makes incredible sculptural vessels, using trees felled in the British Isles such as Ash and Horse Chestnut Burr.

“I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material itself and build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting. I use the vessel form and surface pattern to explore the layers and fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.” Eleanore Lakelin

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Adeph Geddis

Adeph Geddis makes masks and puzzles, complex sculptural blocks and towers of angles. Adeph grew up on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest and learnt by watching and helping his grandfather who was a carver and boat builder.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Edensaw Wood

Beautiful, creative joints by Edensaw Wood, though criticised for not having the strength of other joints, it is lovely to see a new idea being attempted.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Grassroots Furniture Company

Eric Young's Grassroots furniture company makes sustainable kitchen wear and bespoke furniture. Eric's chopping boards are all uniquely beautiful. 
Wenge, Walnut, Roasted Ash, White Oak, Butternut, Cherry, Beech, and Elm are all used to create this beautiful banded chopping paddle.

Below : a beautiful oak board featuring a central knot.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova; Mycelium + Timber

Furniture designer; Sebastian Cox and interdisciplinary fabric designer Ninela Ivanova have been collaboratively investigating the use of fungi in design. Thin strips of goat willow are woven into a mould and then the fungus 'Fomes Fomentarius' is added with further willow to feed it.
"It's not just about the fungus, it's about the marriage of the two materials. "It's not sustainability for us – it's just what makes sense. These two materials have a natural relationship in the woodland, so let's see how we can exploit that." Ninela Ivanova
Sebastian Cox  does not use composite wood products in his work as he has never been satisfied with the binding agent used in them, hence he has always been interested in recreating a natural alternative.
"Mycelium offers us the opportunity to create products that not only continue but advance our ethos of sustainability and test our ability as a studio to design for new methods of manufacture," Sebastian Cox 

The 'Mycelium + Timber' has so far been developed into a range of lighting and seating but as the material is further developed and its application explored who knows what creative furniture design we will see using the unique qualities of fungus.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Jack Havelock Bailey

A table formed of a cross section of oak with walnut butterfly joints by designer and architect James Havelock Bailey.

You can see photographs and a film of some of the processes here.