Rustic Stools by Mark Laban
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
Mark Laban balances the intersection of traditional and contemporary craft converge, exploring and interpreting notions of rusticity and natural form through the contemporary language of digital manufacturing technology. Underpinned by a cycle of research and development, his approach to design is firmly rooted in experimentation through hands on making, material exploration and engaging directly with manufacturing process in order to find interesting and unexpected results.
Defined by a hybrid aesthetic somewhere between natural and artificial, rustic and sophisticated, the objects create their own context and unique design language which reference tradition while simultaneously questioning what craft can mean in the digital age.
His Rustic Bench series is made of solid maple. Their smooth surfaces contrast with the complex relief texture motifs on the back and underneath.