Furniture is taking on a substantial presence, with slabs of timber constructed into pieces with thickly balanced proportions.
Right now we see furniture taking on a substantial presence, with slabs of timber constructed into pieces with thickly balanced proportions. The warmth and tactility of wood make a fantastic counterpoint to bouclÈ textiles and the two have already been widely paired this season. Whether stacked slabs, sweeping arcs or stripped back logs, these easily understood elemental constructions speak of a primitive simplicity that stays the right side of Flintstones.
There’s a reassuring weighty solidity to these assemblages of massive planks and logs.
Design House Stockholm has produced the angular Flip table with a surface that folds down so it can be used as a dining table, desk or sideboard. Created by Swedish designer Jesper Ståhl, the surface and both legs are each made up of three large simple oak veneered panels.
Image: Design House Stockholm
Designer Jonas Lutz was inspired by Brutalist architecture for his Block armchair, using different materials to elevate its blocky construction. The bobbly boulcè softens the chunky wood while the tall, cylindrical brass-plated legs create space beneath the seat.
Image: La Chance
Originally designed as for the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, the Karm sofa by Brdr. Krüger is named after the Danish word for “frame”, referencing structure and solidity. The grainy wood softens its sharp outlines and the wedge joints flaunt its solid construction.
Image: Brdr. Krüger
A modern take on chabudai dining tables, the traditional short-legged designs found in Japanes homes, architecture studio Keiji Ashizawa Design created a modern version for manufacturer Karimoku Casestudy. The piece which can also function as a coffee table comes with a tinted glass top resting on angular timber construction.
Thick slabs of American oak intersect to form the gridded structure of this monumental bookcase created and produced by LA designer Jamie Bush.
Image: Roger Davies Photography for Jamie Bush
Chunky timber and thick angular cushions complement each other in this luxuriously refined lounge chair designed by Anthony Guerrèe for Paris design studio Collection Particulière. Its tinted black frame emphasises the sharp angles of the piece while the plush upholstery softens those shapes.
Image: Francis Amiand for Collection Particulière
The curve of a ballerina’s foot from heel to toe inspired the sculptural legs of this dining table created by New York brand Vonnegut/Kraft. Called RelevÈ after its namesake position in ballet, the legs appear to bend under the weight of its thick surface made from solid white oak.
Cylinders form a striking base beneath the surface of Kenny, a new dining table produced by New York brand Egg Collective, achieving the same chunky look as our previous examples but with rounded legs.
Image: Egg Collective
Arching pieces of cherry wood frame this graphic lounge chair, created and produced by Brooklyn design studio Moving Mountains. Called Arc, the design has a solid wood frame with curved armrests that sweep past each side of the seat and form the front legs too.
Image: Moving Mountains / Colony
Another manifestation of the chunky look with circular lines is the Offset dining table, designed by Philippe Malouin for New Zealand brand Resident. The oak legs connect slightly off-centre into the rounded corners of the table top, giving it an interesting assymetrical appearance.
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