2014 / Pine

Our work begins with the intrinsic qualities of materials and the processes we have at our disposal to manipulate them. We strive to let form emerge directly as a result of the mechanical, chemical or physical context of each project, rather than from an abstract, symbolic, referential or allegorical concept. As such we decided to regard Enzo Mari’s chair materially: as a simple amalgamation of solid softwood planks held together by steel nails. We explored blasting this amalgamation with sand fired at high velocities, and discovered a wonderful formal transformation occurring as the wood degrades unevenly along the opposing wood grain of the different planks, punctuated with moments of detail in places where the steel nail heads happen to shield the wood from the onslaught of sand.

Photography by Gwenael Lewis