- Leonhard Pauli, Harmony, Austria
Harmony embodies the delicate balance between the splendor of nature's creations and the presence of human life. Nestled within the expanse of the Kočevsko forest region, a realm abundant with natural allure, populated by majestic fir and beech trees, emerges a striking concept. Utilizing a segment of fir trunk, often a vestige of forestry activities, serves as the perfect foundation for crafting an extraordinary chair. While the practice of using tree trunks as seating furniture is rooted in millennia-old traditions, Harmony evolves with a modern touch – a gracefully arched, black-stained beech-plywood backrest securely clamped within a cut. Both elements are treated with linseed oil to preserve their material characteristics and simplify aftercare. This enduring design not only ensures longevity but also encapsulates the tree's lifelong carbon dioxide absorption.
3. Gopalkrishna Pai
Kane, Slice Chair,
Introducing the "Slice Chair" – a striking blend of functionality and artistic ingenuity, where simplicity meets innovation. The chair embraces a design philosophy that celebrates minimalism with clean lines and uncluttered form. Slice Chair redefines the conventional concept of seating, showcasing a unique twist that sets it apart.
The Slice Chair is entirely made from solid wood, ensuring durability and timeless elegance. Each and every component, may it be legs, side and cross stretchers, seat or backrest, is made using square section profiles of uniform dimensions. This uniformity lends an understated elegance to the design while
allowing the material's inherent characteristics to shine.
The standout feature of the chair is its seating and backrest design. Instead of adhering to the traditional bend ply, the edges of the square profiles have been masterfully eliminated with a smooth, continuous curve. This ingenious approach increases the surface area of both the seat and the backrest, enhancing comfort without compromising the aesthetics.
Moreover, this elegant curvature adds a softness to the chair's overall appearance, elevating its visual appeal.
2. George Bosnas, Forland, Greece
After the devastating fires of last years in the global forests, and considering the circular economy and a product's life circle, i decided to create an object the uses wood as main material but only to create the item and not to cut trees for making another wooden chair. Mycelium is a material that uses trees and live microorganisms and expands on progress. Combined with agriculture waste or wood production trims and waste, can create a very durable result that is 100% biodegradable. Low energy is needed in the process so that makes it the proper material for that scale of production. As the contest requires, bringing humans closer to the forest is the main idea, awaking their consciousness about their environmental issues is a higher goal. Forland is a double functioning chair that uses the tree as a backrest. As a second use can be assembled as a stool so the user can seat wherever.
special mention: Florian Knobl and Marisa Gaab, Zwieselchair, Germany
When picking up some wood in the forest for our work, we became aware of a special kind of trunk, that seemed to be left behind regularly. A special form of tree trunk that is colloquially called "Zwiesel„In this case, the tree no longer forms its trunk from one, but from two branches.The result is a fork with a special shape and wood grain, which is usually categorized as an unusable piece of wood and left behind by the wood industry. During winter and spring 2023 we spent time in the forests to search, select and collect „Zwiesels“. We analyzed the individual trunks for their formal and optical peculiarities, emphasized and made use of them, when designing the Zwieselstühle. This was the starting to think and develop further ideas about using wood that is left behind in the first edition of Zwieselchairs, we were reduced to pieces that fitted perfectly and each had to be analyzed in a long process.