We all know what veneer is – at least we think we do. Few of us, though, know the full range of applications that this finest of tree products has to offer. Highly versatile not only in technical terms, but also in its visual and emotional impact, veneer is always much more than simply a surface finish. On the contrary, there is a complex quality to it that appeals to a number of senses. The marketing association Initiative Furnier + Natur e. V. therefore regards it as one of its objectives to communicate this richly faceted diversity and to draw the attention of architects and designers to the enormous potential of veneer as a natural material. All it takes is a few typical applications to open our eyes to what veneer really can do. (by Ulrich Büttner)
Young, Prague-based designer and founder of the Designeast.eu webzine Martin Žampach has created this series of hexagonal bowls made of innovative, lightweight-yet-resistant material composed of veneer and cork. Developed in various sizes and proportions, the bowls were recently showcased as part of Colabseries project during this year’s edition of DMY Berlin. (more…)
Alicante-based designer Remedios Simón has recently realised this intricately-detailed, handcrafted pendant lamp for the Spanish lighting specialists Lzf. Composed of multiple, delicate wood veneer spirals, the aptly named ‘Spiro‘ emanates a soft, diffused light. The design is available in a wide range of subtle as well as vivid colours. (more…)
A Valencia-based design studio Nadadora have realised this minimalist, curved chestnut veneer stool for a Spanish furniture brand Sancal. Available in two heights and in wide range of shades, ‘Tab’, which can also be used as a small coffee table, was inspired by ‘trobos’: a Spanish word that describes hives made from hollow logs, very typical of the northern Iberian Peninsula. (more…)
'Accordion Cabinet' by Elisa Strozyk and Sebastian Neeb
In collaboration with the artist Sebastian Neeb German designer Elisa Strozyk, known for her beautiful veneer carpets which are manufactured by the German company Böwer, applied her ‘wooden textile’ principle for the first time to a furniture. ‘Accordion Cabinet’ is currently on show at the D³ Design talents at tis year’s imm cologne.
'Miss Maple' by Elias Strozyk, photo by Sebastian Neeb
Based on the priciple of her lovely ‘Wooden Textiles’ the German designer Elisa Strozyk recently created this delicate and sculptural pendant light. The flexible wooden surface consists of fragmented veneer which is attached to a textile base. The translucent gaps create a beautiful topography of warm light.
On the occasion of this year’s Habitat Valencia and the Valencia Disseny Week some international bloggers were invited to come to Valencia and see how much Iberian design has to offer. Not that we didn’t know it before (not for nothing we dedicated our latest Flipbook to Spanish Design) but it is fantastic to get to know the people behind the scene.
Our first station was the factory of LZF lamps (Luzifer) – a manufacturer specialised in veneer lamps – in an old disused vinification plant outside Valencia. This video gives you the best impression of the product development and manufacturing process.