Mathias Pliessnig’s Organic Benches

As much as clean lines and simple, geometric shapes are much admired in the design community, objects with sweeping, wave-like curves are more intuitively beautiful. Inhabitat have brought another treasure to my attention, in the form of these gorgeous benches by Matthias Pliessnig.

Based in Philadelphia, he he creates these extraordinary pieces by first sketching his designs on a computer, before steam-bending strips of ask and white oak. Steam bending is an ancient wood-working technique and was used for building bows and boats. It works by shaping wood with heated vapor, a very low energy technique with enables him to create such astonishingly curvaceous work.

I think these are some of the loveliest pieces I have seen in a long time – and it’s really refreshing to see a designer embrace the instinctual aesthetic pleasure of waves and curves.

This entry was published on March 9, 2012 at 11:12 am. It’s filed under For(u)m, wood and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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