Upside Down 2 by Floris Wubben


Dutch designer Floris Wubben has created a second chair using his method of binding willow branches at they grow (see the first in our earlier story).

Upside Down 2 by Floris Wubben

Wubben forces the tree's branches to grow into four legs.

Upside Down 2 by Floris Wubben

Once formed the trunk is cut off, inverted, and a seat carved into the wood.

More information in our earlier story »

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Upside Down by
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by Fabien Cappello

Posted on Tuesday February 15th 2011 at 12:29 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I would love one of these chairs, bet they smell good too

  • Kind of a cross between a tree stump and The Thing from Outer Space.

  • Hercule Poirot

    If this is supposed to be 'ecological' I think it is just ridiculous. What the hell could be the meaning of sacrificing a tree to produce a single chair ? As a statement ? Of what ? Take a sheet of (recycled) paper and start drawing. And again. And again !

    • Tijs

      A willow tree doesn't die from chopping down the upper part.

      So….. no tree waste.

      • Hercule Poirot

        A willow doesn't die from chopping its heaviest branches, indeed. But it is stupid to cut the 'head' ('stoel' in Dutch) of a willow because a lot of little animals – especially birds – find an ideal nesting spot in the cavities on top of the trees. Owl and others find there a perfect place to eat the mouses they catch in the open fields. The knotted willow ('knotwilg') is also an essential and typical element of the cultured landscape of The Netherlands and Flanders. They are disappearing because they ask for a yearly maintenance by indeed cchopping down the branches.

  • SRF


  • hububjub

    kinda looks like student work a bit. probably has a market somewhere tho

  • ono_

    Agree, hideous, wasteful (materialwise) and personally i think also arrogant to transform a tree in such a capricious way.
    Compared to traditional chair making, I see it more like torture, like humiliating the tree into its own demise, I know this is pushing it a little, but i do feel that way.

    • Guy

      You are right but this is what makes it interesting. The world has enough eco-enviro-function-efficient-etc design, this is fun and thought provoking. I doubt the designer will make many, so its useless to apply the same standard of sustainability you would for something mass-produced.

      • ono_

        It's not sustainability i'm talking about, it's respect for the tree, pure and simple.

        But taking your initial point, no i don't think there is enough "eco-enviro etc.." there is lots of wannabe student half baked projects and marketing driven eco-fakes, not so much the real thing, but believe me i wasn't even going down the eco route with my comment.

        Fun you say? I say it looks dreadful, not a new idea as a process and it feels like a piece you'd find in a tourist shop in an undeveloped country.
        Thought provoking? yes it does provoke lots of thoughts from me, none good. That I don't find makes it interesting.. sorry.

  • how original is that !