Metal Chairs That Channel Tree Stumps
July 26, 2012
For her thesis project, Jerusalem-based industrial designer Sharon Sides wanted to explore the limits of control and chance. She materialized these concepts by crafting objects generated in part by the rigidities of method and by the creative “mistakes” and “defects” that only haphazard, open-ended processes can tolerate. Sides used scanners and other gadgets to transfer natural, arboreal patterns into a digital format, becoming files from which formal objects were coaxed. The process yielded a fantastic series of acid metal chairs based on tree stumps called, you guessed it, “Stumps.”
Sides transferred the ring patterns of different tree species to metal sheets, which were then etched with acid, creating a secondary layer of characteristic color stains and patina. These sheets were then bent to form the seats of the chairs, but the natural outlines of the tree stump cross-sections were preserved, making each chair unique. The results are spectacular.
Images: Sharon Sides via designboom