Furniture that can be taken as a stand-alone piece of art or sculpture will always capture our imagination, and so it was when we stumbled across Floris Wubben’s new shelf in Design Milk. A Dutch designer known for integrating contemporary design with natural elements, she has collaborated with artist Bauke Fokkema to create the Tree Fungus.
Made by connecting two halves of an already fallen pollard willow, a typical Dutch tree, with a ‘parasite like structure’, the Tree Fungus is a striking piece of design. Inspired by the fungi and moulds found in willow sterns, the shelf’s stark white, molecular-like structure hugs the willow halves, almost like froth coming off a wave.
Is this a functional piece of furniture? Arguably not. Do we care? No – such an interesting mix of the completely natural and the bizarre deserves a place in the home all of its own, with nothing to clutter the intricate design of the piece.