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The Tree of Chair Harkens to its Woodland Roots

 - Aug 4, 2011
References: kadobunpei & notcot.org
With a growing toolbox of engineered building materials, the contemporary designer uses wood to reference an interest in organic components. While the structure of the Tree of Chair may look like nothing out of the ordinary, its branch-like antlers strive to make the earthly allusion all the more pronounced.

But the artist hasn't simply stuck found boughs to the rough lumber backrest, for Kado Bunpei has actually smoothed the trunks of these offshoots into the frame of the seat, merging them completely as if they are the true limbs of the timber. If the piece was accompanied by an explanation regarding its assembly, I would not be surprised to learn that the back legs of the Tree of Chair might have always been connected to these twiggy boughs.