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Optical Illusion Seating

The All Wood Minja Kolehmainen 'Side Chair' Looks Like Fabric

— September 28, 2009 — Art & Design
Inspired by a Louis the 16th side chair, the Minja Kolehmainen ‘Side Chair’ is an exquisite example of woodwork. The ‘Side Chair’ posesses a clever twist. Instead of a soft, cushioned upholstery the Minja Kolehmainen ‘Side Chair’ is hard and made entirely of beech and walnut wood. The chair is contructed so that it still possesses the aesthetic detailing of fabric.

The Minja Kolehmanien ‘Side Chair’ it is not made by traditional methods alone. The components are CNC cut and then assembled and finished by hand. This piece is a combination of modern technology and old-world craftsmanship.
Trend Themes
1. Woodwork Innovation - The Minja Kolehmainen 'Side Chair' showcases an innovative approach to woodwork by mimicking fabric detailing.
2. CNC Integration - The use of CNC technology in cutting and assembling the 'Side Chair' demonstrates the integration of modern methods in traditional craftsmanship.
3. Optical Illusion Design - The 'Side Chair' exemplifies the trend of optical illusion designs that challenge perceptions by using wood to mimic fabric.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture - The furniture industry can explore opportunities to integrate innovative woodwork techniques to create visually captivating designs like the 'Side Chair'.
2. Craftsmanship - The craftsmanship industry can adapt to the changing landscape by embracing CNC technology in combination with traditional techniques, as seen in the construction of the 'Side Chair'.
3. Interior Design - The interior design industry can leverage optical illusion designs, such as the 'Side Chair', to create unique and engaging spaces for their clients.
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