Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks with molten
aluminium to form furniture

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Tel Aviv-based Hilla Shamia Design Studio's Wood Casting collection is made by inserting lengths of tree trunk into a mould and filling the spaces with molten metal (+ slideshow).

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

Tables, stools and benches in the furniture range are constructed by splitting full-length tree trunks to make wooden planks.



Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

The planks are then inserted into a mould, which provides the form of the piece of furniture.

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

Molten aluminium is poured over the wood, filling the leftover spaces in the mould and completing the piece.

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

The heat of the metal burns the edges of the wood and creates a line of charcoal between the two materials.

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

"The casting process is like a drama, accompanied by high heat, flames and smoke," Shamia told Dezeen. "This drama produces a third material – coal."

"The dark coal narrates the love story between the [wood and aluminium], emphasising their initial meeting, outlining a sense of continuation, and maintaining a sense of flow even when the two materials are solid and strong, just like the dynamics between an elderly couple."

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

The two frequently-combined contrasting materials were the starting point for the concept.

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

"Wood is an organic material, which is influenced negatively by fire and heat; it may burn completely," said the designer. "Metal, on the other hand, is a natural resource, which is very durable against heat – it simply changes its state, turning from solid to liquid."

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

"Using this special technology of casting metal into wood, I was able to originate completely new connections and geometrical adjournments between the two."

Cast Aluminum and Tree Trunk Furniture by Hilla Shamia Studio

The collection is a development of Shamia’s 2012 graduate project from the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology.

  • Mafia

    Rubbish idea.

  • Cristian

    The result is much much less the sum of its materials. i don’t see much functionality and it just looks bad.

    • Karl

      Full disclosure: I bought a stool a year ago, and no regrets. It is a beautifully finished piece of sculptural art. The various critics ought to examine their level of creative and aesthetic tolerance for some new thinking.

  • Dylan

    I actually like it, but I can’t help thinking about how structural integrity could be compromised or how it could flake to pieces.

  • bonibob

    Bloody horrible!

  • manuel

    Wow! Nice concept, I wonder how it will look with the aluminium polished to mirror finish and a dark-stained wood.