Ingrain by Raw Edges
Updated: Jan 20, 2020
The collection is an elaboration of the Endgrain technique Raw Edges developed previously at the studio. The idea behind Endgrain is to harness the grain of the wood in order to carry dye right the way through sections of timber. Blocks dyed is different pigments are then glued together with the grains facing vertically to create three-dimensional patterns - then shaped with a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine. Endgrain is therefore a process that starts very crafty and ends quite industrial.
Set up in an entrance hall, the series consists of a bench, an armchair and a console table.
Inspired by checked patterns, the grid arrangement of the coloured blocks introduces what we usually see in textiles into three dimensional wooden piece. When sculpting these 2D patterned blocks into the finish objects, the volumetric shape distorts the graphic patterns in a surprising and unexpected way that feels almost like a three dimensional marquetry.
As the pattern relies on the form, all three pieces of furniture differ in shape, cuts and angles so various compositions are revealed. Furthermore, the console table and its metal legs are reflected in a mirror, creating the illusion of an overall shape.