Greg Klassen is a one-man furniture maker based out of Lynden, Washington. The craftsman is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and the trees that grow there. Klassen remarks, “no two trees are the same just as no two pieces are that I make from them.”
All pieces are handmade, one at a time and the result is incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail. In a furniture series known as the River Collection, Klassen uses glass to simulate rivers and lakes running through his designs. You can find a large gallery of Klassen’s work here and see pieces available for sale through his online storefront.
WEGOTNOW, 2011. C-print, epoxy resin, pigments on wood.
"Markus Linnenbrink‘a paintings, sculptures and INSTALLATIONS are nothing short of extraordinary and exhilarating. Looking at his rich, textural, layered works saturated in colour makes me feel all dizzy with love hormones. Markus was born in 1961 in Dortmund, Germany. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York."
"at rossana orlandi gallery during milan design week 2014, alcarol presents seven new pieces of their bricola collection. the furniture series demonstrates the value of timber by using historical poles RECLAIMEDfrom venetian canals. the resulting pieces combine the experience of raw material processing with project research. the preserved oak log sections are encapsulated within blocks of transparent resin, highlighting the intricate voids created by the naval shipworm – a species of saltwater clams. forming networks of perfectly circular holes, the mollusk becomes the protagonist of the process, carving through the inner wood, while maintaining structural integrity."
I AM REALLY FASCINATED BY THE ENCAPSULATING PROCESS. I AM THINKING OF TRYING IT MY SELF AS MY EXPERIMENTING WITH THE MATERIAL .I ALSO INTEND TP WORK OUT WITH NATURE AS NATURE INDOORS IS MY THEM . ND MAYBE FOLLOW THE PROCESS FOR MY FINAL OUTCOME.
"Perfectly suited to Anthropologie‘s pretty and whimsical vibe, the King’s Road store is hosting a new exhibition of pieces by Irish artist Sasha Sykes in their gallery space.
Combining resin and acrylic with natural elements, Sykes’ work bridges the gap between art and design, suspending flora and fauna in functional pieces of furniture such as screens and cabinets. Working from her hay built studio in rural County Carlow, Sykes has her materials at her fingertips – her ethereal, romantic pieces are inspired by the artist’s love of the ‘uncelebrated aspects of our natural surroundings’, and preserve the often over looked details such as moss, litchen and seaweed, elevating them in line with their floral counterparts."
WELL THIS PEICE IS EXACTLY LIKE WHAT I IMAGINED MY TABLE TOP IN RESIN WITH NATURAL THINGS IN THEM WOULD LOOK LIKE.THEN ALSO THOUGHT OF USING IT AS A GLASS OR TO VISUALISE IT AT PLACES WHERE A GLASS COULD HAVE BEEN USED AS IT GIVES A SIMILAR KIND LOOK AND I SUPPOSE WOULD DO THE FUNCTIONALITY BIT AS WELL.
alcarol bent bench
"Italian design studio Alcarol has expanded its collection of furniture made from resin-encased wood to include a bench patterned with holes created by shipworms embedded Bricola wood planks in resin to preserve patterns made by the Teredo Navalis shipworm at its edges to create the Bent Bench.
The section of oak was cut from the poles of the canals of Venice, sliced into three parts to form the top and two sides and matched so that it looks like a single folded plank."To preserve its visually light weight we didn't want to add supplementary functional elements and we didn't want parts unrelated to the story of the material,"
I AM JUST OVERWELMEND BY THE PRESERVING OF NATURE AND BRINGING IT TO THE NATURAL SURROUNDINGS IN PLAY IN A VERY CLEVER MANNER CONVEYING ITS PRESENCE AND THE STRONG MESSAGE BEHIND ITS EXISTENCE AS WELL.
"Having made high-quality one-off furniture in the UK and France for the past 15 years or so, and feeling increasingly restricted by the ponderous nature of cabinet making, I have recently taken a different direction.
I am currently questioning my attitudes to wood in its natural state.
By using "un-woody" techniques, I hope to highlight aspects of timber that are not apparent when used conventionally.
Surf 1 and Surf 2
A mould is taken from a piece of burr (burl) wood and I make a cast using resin and pigments which are manipulated whilst still in their liquid state.
Viewing the rough-cast burr from behind ie through the polished faces of the casting gives the impression of gazing up through the surf from below. Turn the sculpture around and another fascinating surface presents itself.
Materials : Resin, Perspex, Aluminium and Rosewood.
Measurements : 127 mm wide x 127 mm high x 35 mm deep (Approx. inches 5" wide x 5" high x 1 1/2" deep)"
WELL THERE IS NOTHING NATURAL IN THE FINAL OUT COME BUT THE INSPIRATION IS NATURAL AND THE LOG OF WOOD IS USED TO MAKE THE OUTTER STRUCTURE AND PATTERN. THE COLOURS ASLO DONT CONVEY ANY NATURAL FEELING.BUT IF SEEN FROM THE ARTISTS POINT OF VIEW IT MUST BE COVERING THE NEED OF HIS DESIRE.
wiktoria szawiel fossilises natural fiber
Patterns of woven natural fibres emerge from this milky resin furniture by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Wiktoria Szawiel .For her Landscape Within project, Polish designer Wiktoria Szawiel set out to encapsulate the moods and materials of eastern European landscapes she grew up in within objects.
Some of the items were cast in purpose-designed moulds, while in other cases the resin was poured over items of wicker furniture.Following her graduation from Design Academy Eindhoven this year, Szawiel hopes to develop the project by using her production techniques for architectural applications.
The furniture collection currently includes chairs, stools and tables, and she is also working on a series of vases and containers using the same processes.
stick chair by emmanuelle
The chair features seven oblique wooden rods embedded in a block of acrylic.
A total of 7 thin round wooden sticks (φ18), placed obliquely support the heavy chunk of acrylic seat at the perfect balance. This architecture like structure was developed after many attempts to achieve an "unbalanced balance," which stabilizes the structure although looks unstable by coming closer to the structural limit.
Due to its beautiful refraction effects, those sticks appear as if they are soaked underwater."
THE PRODUCT IS ONE OF ITS KIND THOUGHT I DONT THINK THE CHAIR WOULD BE VERY COMFORTABLE BUT STILL HAS A STRONG HOLD ON THE IDEOLOGY THAT IT WANTS TO CONVEY.AND ALSO PERFORMS ITS BASIC FUNCTION. WELL WHERE BY SEEING THIS I WOULD DEFINITELY WANT TO WANT TO PRODUCT THAT IS EASY TO USE AND IS COMFORTABLE ,GIVING THE USER A GOOD USER EXPERIENCE.