American designer Paul Loebach created this collection of rustic furniture in reference to the country cabins erected in nineteenth-century Adirondack, New York.
Called the Great Camp Collection, the series includes dining chairs, a coat rack, chest of drawers and sideboard.
The pieces are made using CNC machining to create irregular shapes as though roughly whittled.
The range is manufactured in the USA for MatterMade.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 700 rustic designs were produced by at least ten different large-scale manufacturing companies from 1892 until the late 1960s.
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.
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.
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