Berlin- and Munich-based industrial designer Pascal Hien created this striking Migo chair from American red oak:
If it's not obvious, the chair can be sat upon facing in either direction, with the uppermost elements either serving as a backrest or elbow rest. It can also be used as a stool.
"Made in the workshop of BENCHMARK out of red oak to provide strength, it can be cut from a single plank of wood for optimal grain consistency and minimised wastage."
The Benchmark he's referring to is the British furniture design-build company founded by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe.
Migo was recently selected for the permanent collection of the Design Museum in London. Congratulations to Hien!
Check out Hien's works-in-progress on his Instagram.
If you are going to make the claim, it would then be actually nice to see how this was cut from a single plank and reduces waste.
Yes and what WIDTH plank? From the width of the seat, I would estimate a least 10 inches, and quarter sawn, no less. So from a 22-25 inch diameter tree you will get four of those planks. How is that reducing waste? Building up from 3-4 inch wide stock would go much further toward reducing waste. Also it's just plain ugly.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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