Piet Hein Eek

new tree trunk chair | natural

Never throw anything away. It appears to be an innocent design, the Tree Trunk collection. But it is the result of a determination not to throw anything away. Taking the material as it is, doing as little as possible to it and assigning it a major role in the final product is virtually always the starting point for my designs. It only came to me later that this principle had been carried to extremes with these designs. The two planks of the table top have the size and shape they had when they arrived from the sawmill. The split that remains open in the heart of the table top is, from a practical point of view, actually no problem at all. With the chairs, this actually makes it possible to place the wooden parts at the right angle, thus creating the desired seating comfort. The back legs of the chairs can only be made using wooden pieces that are bent in the right way – wood that normally can’t be used at all for traditional, pragmatic, straight designs done on a drawing table or computer. Just as, in the past, the ribs of a boat or rafters of a roof were made from selected trees, we have to select the wood for the legs. This means that the chairs cannot just be made in any quantity and whenever you want.

lead time: approx. 14 weeks

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designer: Piet Hein Eek
year: 2014

oak - natural | oiled | lacquered

38 x 47 x 84 (49)cm

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