Here’s a fascinating furniture concept that bears some spiritual commonality with two projects we recently looked at: The Stackabl system for making furniture from factory off-cuts, and the Kimochi no Katachi system of using one industry’s off-cuts to make something out of a second industry’s off-cuts.
The project we’re looking at today is called New Sources, by Bavaria-based product designer Matthias Gschwendtner. “New Sources is a case study using leftover materials from the wood industry through an interconnection of 3D-scanning, computational design and robotic manufacturing,” Gschwendtner writes.
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“Raw birch branches are 3D-scanned and then virtually processed by algorithms to constantly recalculate all production data for each individual part of an object. Due to the irregularity of the material every object becomes a unique piece.”
“The Computational Log Chair is the first object of this series. Precisely milled surfaces and edges appear all around the object and stand in contrast to the raw branch surface to display the intersection between nature and technology. Birch bark partly remains and becomes a natural ornament. It keeps the original character of the material.”
While the Stackabl and Kimochi no Katachi projects are commercial and practical, New Sources is meant as an investigation and to provide commentary:
“The chair criticizes mass consumption and questions the standardization of natural grown materials in the domestic environment.”
Be sure to check out his Instagram here. That’s where I found shots of how he jigged up the branches:
Gschwendtner does mention above that the Log Chair is the first in a series, and I’m well curious to see the future ones. And I will say that, ironically, these Log Chair criticisms of mass consumption would probably sell like hotcakes. (My apologies to Gschwendtner.)