Nature V2.01 by Draw Me a Sheep

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Belgium-based designers Draw Me a Sheep presented chairs and stools upholstered in real tree bark at 100% Design London, which ended yesterday.

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The pieces, which feature ash bark formed over timber and resin, are based on the notion that if trees had square trunks, less wood would be wasted. Above: Square Tree Trunk/ stool_I

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Above: Square Tree Trunk/ bench_I

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Above: Square Tree Trunk/ bench_II

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The following is from Draw me a sheep:

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Nature V2.01 project_chair(2006)

Inspired from world’s debates on GMO products and eco-crisis on earth, ‘Nature v2.01’ explores today’s struggling human relationship with nature and our desire for authenticity.

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More difficult it gets to find something authentic, more demands on ‘nature’ to be ‘natural’-yet to the extent that it is allowed by people. Nature, considered to be original to its core,is increasingly becoming an interface controlled by man. The simple joy of breathing clean air, sitting on a tree trunk and listening to the birds has become luxury for some. And it seems that the search for true, unspoiled nature has never been so intense in the history of mankind.

Our product culture, on the other hand, makes it desirable to involve nature in the manufacturing process to convey authentic value in mass production. On the assumption that our industry puts no limit to the transformation and reproduction of subjects with the pretense of progress, it is likely that some day we might encounter square trees growing in rows.

Thus, the design raises a series of questions about the attitude towards a possible future: Are we ready to change anything as long as manufacturing method is profitably innovative? If we bio-manufacture our furniture in order to get the most ‘authentic’ furniture with minimal modification, can we still call it nature?

Square Tree Trunk series are a part of NATURE V2.01 project. ‘Round’ is perfect in nature, but ‘square’ is perfect for industrial standard. To illustrate, square tree would enable wood industry to lose less material, to cut easier with machines and to store more efficiently.

One sawmiller said, “I wish trees were growing square. Things people make with woods are square anyway, and we need to lose a lot by cutting out the rounded part.” Likewise, same ‘tree’ can be seen as a symbol of nature, or inefficient material for ’wood’ industry. Would we actually get surprised by looking at square trees someday??

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Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Zenza

    Can’t buy good taste…

  • chapmaniac

    no need to give this bullsh*t rationalization to what is inherently a beautiful piece of design. dont talk, just show us pictures, please

  • scruces

    very cool

  • yung

    my cat will love it!

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    Oh, THAT looks comfortable. Real tree bark, huh?

  • http://www.porterpolaroidproject.com/ porter

    This is just way too cool! Great design! Great idea!

  • andy

    haha! nice idea like, reminded me of those square watermelons the japanese make. . . .

  • christopher

    Oy vey, why? Isn’t the point of a chair to be a comfortable place to set your ass? I am truly sick of overly clever attempts a to be witty and ironic. A classic example of someone not getting it and the hordes of idiots who are falling over themselves to lionize them. please

  • mama

    Idiotic.

  • freedom

    ouch!

  • Nixie

    No. Plenty of great chairs weren’t designed with comfort as the foremost concern. We just don’t use them for office work or watching television. I find this clever, witty & ironic project to be excellent. Save the sales pitch though.

  • Marcus Des

    Rather a classic example of designers attracting attention with an unwanted piece of “design” (that word really doesn’t mean anything anymore) wrapped up in some made up ideology.

    It could have been worse.
    They could have gone for seal fur.

  • tom

    lame and pointless!

  • http://dinocicchetti.com dino
  • Xit

    I think they’re barking up the wrong tree :)

  • http://www.architectonica.ca dariusz

    hmm.. not sure too comfortable..

  • One

    Too much bla bla for a tiny chair! Uncomfortable looking and no go zone!

  • DeeNo

    tree bark is quite comfortable–massages your bum.

  • mauro paparo filomarino

    wow|!!!!! YES IT IS

  • eduardo

    what a rubish…

  • Rasmus

    You guys are all very hard to impress and I enjoy reading your comments.
    But have you actually read about the project? I beleive that any design project that comments like this one does is moving the discussion about nature, eco, industry, sustainability and all that in the right direction! However uncomfortable the chair may be, it raises questions that obviously dont go unanswered.

  • Tino Rawnsley

    As a chair maker and a saw miller and a human aware of my place in nature the very idea of manipulating an organism as perfect as a tree to fit into current misguided industrial focus is offensive in the extreme. all parts of a tree are ‘useful’ giving everything from fertility of soil, timber, fuel, food, shade delight ,air , rain etc. treat nature with disrespect and we will have no future.

  • Rasmus

    I agree to 100%, being a chair maker and wood worker myself.
    But maybe it takes a project like this one to accentuate the fact that we already to some extent alter and reshape nature to meet our needs and goals. And put into the concept shown above, its bizarreness is so clear that its stupid to discuss however the chair is comfortable or not. This is really not the point as I understand it.