As our NY Design Week 2011 coverage winds down, I've finally gotten around to sharing one of my favorite pieces from the myriad shows, one of the very first pieces I saw in Noho Design District nearly two weeks ago. The $H!T Happens crew wasn't quite done installing at Relative Space on Bond St, but I managed to get a photo of Judith Seng's "Trift" as it was displayed in the middle of the space.
The German designer (formerly of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec) does a nice job combining modern geometry and a more overtly organic form.Trift explores the ideal of perfect, high-gloss surfaces by creating and destroying them within the same object. Each form and surface derives from the individual size, characteristics and gradual transformations over time of the underlying tree-log.
The polished, plastic quality of the lacquered top fades into the natural grain of the log, while the saturated hues add a more whimsical dimension to the stools, suggesting some kind of supernatural ossification.
I also noticed that the project is dated back to 2009... guess we'd been sleeping on this one. Still, I'd be curious to see variations where the shape of the log is preserved in its entirety—i.e. as a cylinder—or where the square shape emerges from an unmodified log base, following the color gradient.