By manipulating wood grain patterns, Strata captures an expression in-between the organic and the man-made. The surface consists of tangential layers of oak, veneered at an angle on top of each other, and carefully sanded down into a pattern inspired by the veining of sedimentary rock. The combination of wood grain patterns and stone vein formations creates a mesmerising texture that draws the mind toward root or burl wood, yet is distinctly different through its repetition and distortion.
The technique developed has its roots in conventional intarsia inlay, but in order to find an expression more organic and naturally occurring, the graphical nature of cut-out veneering has been replaced by an extensive process of sanding down transitions between overlapping veneers. Continuing the approach of interpreted nature; all angles, shapes, and proportions of the cabinet relate to pi and the golden ratio. The subsurface of Strata is prepared to compensate for the irregularities caused by the sanding, resulting in a perfectly flush surface. The cabinet is finished with a glossy lacquer and a wax coating.
Dimensions: 1157 x 1250 x 400 mm
Design: Karl-Johan Hjerling, 2021
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