Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach


Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

American designer Paul Loebach created this collection of rustic furniture in reference to the country cabins erected in nineteenth-century Adirondack, New York.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

Called the Great Camp Collection, the series includes dining chairs, a coat rack, chest of drawers and sideboard.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

The pieces are made using CNC machining to create irregular shapes as though roughly whittled.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

The range is manufactured in the USA for MatterMade.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

More about Paul Loebach on Dezeen: Saggy-looking vases made of solid wood (June 2009)

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

Here's some more information from Loebach:

Great Camp Collection

“The concept of a rustic chair is unusually sophisticated, not primitive, as it would appear at first sight. For its strangely mirthless success, it requires a built-in ambiguity in the visual interplay between the naturalistic materials from which it is fashioned and the unmistakable evidence of the wit of its human builder” – Sue Honaker Stevenson, Rustic Furniture 1979

“Here, a house is built of wood which has not been metamorphosed into board and shingle but still bears the semblance of the tree. It rouses in us the old instinctive feeling of kinship with the elemental world" - Natale Curtis, The Craftsman 1911

“Trees are as closets from which good woodsmen take whatever they may need” – Anonymous rustic craftsman, 1899

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

In America following the Civil War, hired guides explored the Adirondack wilderness of upstate New York and brought vacationers from the city on hunting and adventure trips. ‘Rusticating’ became a fashionable leisure activity.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

In the mid-to-late 1800’s, affluent city-dwellers built elaborate country cabins in the Adirondack wilderness known as ‘great camps’, and rustic high-society was born.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

A thriving industry of local craftsman developed a distinct philosophy, visual aesthetic, and construction methodology to suit the needs of the new Adirondack way of life.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

By the 1920’s, rustic furniture had reached a mass audience becoming a popular, distinctly American style. A rustic furniture industry using hickory saplings soon arose in the American Midwest.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

Over 700 rustic designs were produced by at least ten different large-scale manufacturing companies from 1892 until the late 1960s.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

Paul Loebach’s Great Camp collection for Matter Made draws inspiration from the untamed wilderness and domestic grandeur of this unique time and place in upstate New York history.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

Built in the USA, the collection makes unique use of 4-Axis CNC machining and innovative tool-pathing techniques, allowing for shaping dimensional wood blanks into irregular spindles and ‘stick-like’ shapes.

Great Camp Collection by Paul Loebach

See also:


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Glass Hill
Prairie Chair by
Von Tundra
Superfolk at Stockholm
Furniture Fair

Posted on Tuesday August 17th 2010 at 5:29 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • BBB

    it's kitsch
    and I don't mean it as a compliment
    its styling..not design..just styling..and well i've seen a lot of this style lately.
    extrapolating on pieces by maarten baas and many others.
    but if the people in the old days whose style is copied here could do it straight..they would have done it straight..and now all of a sudden we have all fallen in love with wobbly curves..
    food for coffee-table books on style and design..but pfff this branch of design does not do it for me anymore. (this comment could have been written at many other just happened to be placed here, if placed at all)

  • Felix

    yeah agreed BBB

    CNC made to look badly hand carved… I don't like this
    identical imperfections in those chairs would make me laugh, or maybe barf, if i saw them in someone's house

  • grim

    I don't know, there's something quite nice about the facets and sinewyness of the chair and coat rack pieces, though I wish the joints were more sophisticated and blended together smoothly- that would bring something new to the appearance other than intense cncing to reproduce what was a labor reducing appearance. The larger pieces are personally not my cup of tea but as a design exercise I think the collection is sound.

  • Koe

    its fun to look at. but i don't think that jokes make for good designs.

  • Matthew

    I've seen these pieces in person, and they are impressive. Yes, fun to look at, but even more incredible to touch. I was running my hand across the edges and surfaces, finding it hard to tear myself away and witnessed the same response from others. These pieces are magnetic. Sitting in the chair I found myself gripping the arms and not wanting to let go. There's a lot more going on here than simple aesthetics. A unique mixture of history, process, and pure objectification.

  • Kodjo

    I think it's a good collection. Not every chair or cupboard is a museum piece. These designs could look not entirely new but do show a high level of craftsmanship and a drive to change the basic economics behind old school profit, namely: produce large quantity's of the same product.

    These designs are a way to produce products consumers want these day's: They want to have the feeling they bought something unique, something made especially for them.

    the shape is questionable but the idea behind it is sound.

  • It seems like perfect for "back to nature" interior theme.