Peter Marigold's cabinets "bleed"
as steel reacts with tannin

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This series of wooden cabinets by designer Peter Marigold are stained at the joints to look as if they're bleeding.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

Peter Marigold has created a collection of simple cabinets made from cedar tongue-and groove-cladding that feature a form of localised ebonising, or blackening of wood.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold



"I'm interested in character and impermanence in objects," Marigold told Dezeen. "I love the fact that things are in a constant state of change and decay."

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

The steel hardware used to hold the cabinets together has been stripped of its usual zinc coating, and the cabinets have been left outside, exposed to the elements.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

The unprotected steel reacts with the tannin in the wood, creating black "bleeding" patterns on the wood.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

"Man builds things up, and then nature begins a slow steady process of taking them down again. A normal response to this effect might be despair like King Canute trying to hold back the sea, but I see beauty," said Marigold.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

Marigold spotted the effect on fencing in his local area, caused by builders using steel rather than stainless steel nails, or even a steel hammer that can contaminate the nails.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

"The bleeding nails are like a smoking gun, like nature claiming a foothold in man's work," added Marigold.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

The collection includes a wardrobe and side, wall and tall cabinets, which are on show at the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London until 28 June.

Bleed furniture by Peter Marigold

  • mb4design

    Designer?

  • Kwil

    Beautiful!