A material research about formal qualities of wooden furniture.
Other than digital design, I’ve always cultivated a strong interest in material culture which led me to develop a personal woodworking practice. The following is a selection of three small furniture pieces that I’ve designed and built between 2020 and 2022. This practice is more like an experimental research that inquires object’s formal and functional qualities informed by the DIY culture and by radical approaches to design such as those theorised by Enzo Mari, Victor Papanek, Droog design collective and many other.
This practical experimentation takes into account not only the formal and technical qualities of the artefact but the reasons and urgencies behind the project itself. With this in mind, this practice aims not to simply add another novel furniture piece to the existing products catalogue but rather to build a prototype that can questions design approaches, market and aesthetic models.
Materials used for these pieces are usually cheap and easy to retrieve such as pine, fir, koto and beech. Also, production methods are kept to the essential with only a few tools involved. At the same time, a big effort is spent during the design phase with thorough research where many sketches and scale models are made to provide strength, reliability and comfort to each piece.
1. Drawings for joint studies.