MIX WOOD Series
Various wood (walnut, beech, white / red oak, cherry, ash, color mdf)
MIX WOOD is a series of wood furniture utilizing traditional woodworking technique called ‘endgrain’ which cross-connects and mix different species of wood. This technique is mainly perceived as an old method to make patterned cutting board. We aimed to expand the possibilities by making old technique efficient in process and applying into three-dimensional objects that had not been tried so far. Since the endgrain technique basically has a relatively demanding process of mixing and putting several types of wood together, it was crucial to reform the process as efficiently as possible in order to apply it on a larger scale, not a cutting board.
Instead of using a table saw which is needed to cut wood in specified size and cut them one by one, we used a band saw overlapping two different types of wood and cut them into free curves at once. In this way, the curves made along the movement of the hand create more interesting and vibrant patterns while reducing lead time of making. Moreover, since the two types of wood are cut by overlapping each other, we get a pair of board at once which means that symmetrical parts such as the legs of a chair can be made at once, or a chair with two designs can be done at once. By applying this curvy pattern into larger products like chair or bench, it expresses an illusionary and imaginative effect as the wood is woven like a piece of fabric. The series of furniture show a new perspective of the conventional method that was out of the spotlight.