alcarol explores the potential for moss and lichens to create furniture

alcarol explores the potential for moss and lichens to create furniture

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alcarol explores the potential for moss and lichens to create furniture
all images courtesy of alcarol

 

 

 

mosses and lichens are primitive organisms that grow in damp locations such as rocks and trees. they form the lowest layer of vegetation and are equipped with chlorophyll, giving them a green color with varying degrees of intensity. with respect to this natural occurrence, alcarol, the design duo of andrea forti and eleonora dal farra, traversed the terrain of the italian dolomite mountains for a project they call ‘undergrowth’. 

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
dolomite forest

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
mosses and lichens 

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
oak wood

 

 

 

from the forest, they cut planks while preserving the natural edges of the material. from the lumber, they were able to develop a bookshelf that displays the plants in a resin resembling the water that generated their life. the furnishing is a self-supporting construct looking for utmost essentiality, providing the sections of the mossy log the effect of being suspended in the air. with its precarious balance, it is a refined dispute between visual instability and actual stability. it is a dizzying challenge to the force of gravity, the expression of a profound aspiration to a transparent, metaphysical lightness, as trees blowing in the breeze.

 


video courtesy of alcarol

 

 

 

the structure is reduced to a minimum: three slender steel rods passing through and supporting the shelves. embedded in the wood is a hidden mechanism that locks the pieces of the vertical metal rods into place, giving them the appearance of a single component and increasing the overall strength of each joint. the result is a simple and quickly assembly without the use of tools, according to the minimalist nature of this piece.

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
oak solid wood planks with natural mossy edges, clear resin, burnished steel rods system

 

 

 

the work is to be presented alongside creations by established & sonsagape casa, and others at the mint gallery with an aim to capture some unusual atmospheres of unique settings by freezing time at the end of the material’s life cycle, thereby giving it a new life. to this end, alcarol employs experimental processes to preserve raw ingredients exactly as they appear in their original habitats. the subsequent sectioning of the physical substances allows for an appreciation of their intimate and profound natures, introducing the idea of environmental cross-section. the section planes – through touch, sight and olfaction – allow them to transcend the ordinary perception of a place.

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
the constructed console 

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
steel rods system 

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
wood, resin, mosses 

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
detail of an intersection

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
the moss is preserved with a layer of resin

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
detail of the

alcarol undergrowth bookshelf furniture mint gallery london design festival
extra clear resin

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here. 

  • when preserving wood with resins, usually they are pressure treated, impregnated so the resins soak deep into the porous wood. The bark would be in essence “glued” to the rest of the tree, and secured without ever moving. When you treat a whole log this way, it’s as simple as slicing it up, buffing it a bit, and you’ve a finished product. This is more of a piece of artwork than something meant to go into mass production and sold retail. Lawrence is a dolt. This art is beautiful.

    Joe D.
    Sep 17, 2014
  • fantastic and beautiful.

    Martin Ramirez
    Sep 15, 2014
  • How quaint.
    My housekeeper would scrub the heck out of this within a week.

    Ron Smith
    Sep 12, 2014
  • If that’s natural bark of the tree, it would of been thicker, and fall off easily. Likely painted and glued on later… not as described “preserving the natural edges of the material”

    Lawrence
    Sep 11, 2014

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