Alcarol's new Bent Bench preserves worm holes in resin

Alcarol uses resin to preserve worm holes in wooden bench

Italian design studio Alcarol has expanded its collection of furniture made from resin-encased wood to include a bench patterned with holes created by shipworms (+ slideshow).

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Alcarol embedded Bricola wood planks in resin to preserve patterns made by the Teredo Navalis shipworm at its edges to create the Bent Bench.

Bent Bench by alcarol

The section of oak was cut from the poles of the canals of Venice, sliced into three parts to form the top and two sides and matched so that it looks like a single folded plank.

Bent Bench by alcarol

"To preserve its visually light weight we didn't want to add supplementary functional elements and we didn't want parts unrelated to the story of the material," the designers told Dezeen.

Bent Bench by alcarol

The shipworms bore into the wood while it's in the water, creating distinctive patterns of circular holes.

Bent Bench by alcarol

They avoid the inner core of the log, allowing it to maintain its strength.

Bent Bench by alcarol

"This creates a beautiful contrast between outer decay and inner robustness," said Alcarol co-founder Andrea Forti.

Bent Bench by alcarol

"We have worked many types of wood, but when we came in contact with the timber extracted from the Venetian wooden poles carved by weather and shipworms, it was love at first sight."

Bent Bench by alcarol

By filling the gaps left by worms with resin, Alcarol freezes that decay and captures the aesthetic value of the historical poles that have endured decades of weathering in the canals of Venice.

Bent Bench by alcarol

"The assiduous labour of the elements necessitates the replacement and scrapping of the poles, providing an organic material that has traversed by life," said the designers.

Bent Bench by alcarol

"We have patented an elaborate and patient craftsmanship [technique] capable of filling only the empty spaces of the wood with a transparent resin and capturing the underwater air bubbles that bring the wood back to the original look and conditions."

Bent Bench by alcarol

The Bent Bench follows the New Visions collection that was launched by the new Italian design studio during the 2014 London Design Festival.