Despite the evolution in furniture design throughout the years, sometimes it’s the simple things that change our lives, and these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen! Such was our surprise with Oak. a collection of oak wood furniture reminiscent of the past; no matter how traditional the material can be, the design always adds that hint of making it different.
Consider the origins of furniture – philosophical and sociological aspects – the way a piece of furniture functions in a room, how it is conceived by its users, and how form, materials and any other aspects of a piece of furniture affect our senses. All seven pieces of the Oak. collection are constructed of American oak sponsored by WBP Trading AB, finished with Herdins AV wax oil and executed by cabinetmaker Ali Atié.
Every single piece of the Oak. collection deals with the design of the furniture piece with a hint of humor while considering, the function, the form and the usage of each piece. The whopping cookie drawer with the tall legs, and the small drawer for its size tries to restrain us from our sugar-tooth temptation, while its design includes the nostalgic element of a traditional cookie drawer. The bench, on the other hand invites the lonely, with the linear back seat, yet supports the many which can sit and share the bench!
While the wardrobe, is left plain, for the user to make it his/her own; the wardrobe is designed in such a manner so that to leave the clothes exposed and allow for each user to create his/her style according to the clothes which they will hang. The versatile wardrobe will change as the seasons change; the density of the wardrobe, the materials will be different, and so will colors so that to reflect the character of the user. The side-board is defined by space and the context which it will enclose, while the grandfather clock is there, overlooking upon us to remind us that time flies as the clock rocks and that we should make wise usage of our time as it is precious! Last but not least, the frame encased desk acts as the ‘framework’ for our ideas.
Oak. is the result of an extracurricular, collaborative activity between 18 students from the BA and MA programs at Lund University School of Industrial Design. The project began with a workshop led by Jonas Lindvall of Lindvall A&D, exploring archetypes and stereotypes in the world of furniture. What is the difference and what qualities or virtues make a piece of furniture one versus the other? The project was presented at Designersblock Milano 2011 | Venture Lambrate | April 12 – 17, 2011.
Amanda Österlin La Mont, DeeDee Kim, Elin Stavenow, Filip von Hauswolff, Gregory Hayter, Hanna Johansson, Jesper Nord, Karl Jönsson, Karl-Otto Saarman, Matthijs Braakman, Moses Kang, Mirko Ihrig, Olli Hirvonen, Patrik Eriksson, Piotr Szpryngwald, Rami Santala, Sandra Lundberg, Wang Huilong