chris kabel: wood ring bench
chris kabel: wood ring bench chris kabel: wood ring bench
feb 29, 2012

chris kabel: wood ring bench

‘wood ring bench’ by chris kabel

rotterdam-based designer chris kabel has created ‘wood ring bench’, a group of 100 trapezium-shaped pieces.
similar to a wooden barrel, the parts are held together with a metal strap, eliminating the need for adhesives and allowing for flexibility.
since the segments all come from the same 10 meter long piece of lumber, special attention was paid to retaining a continuous wood grain
when the seat is assembled.  
the oregon pine used for the project is originally from canada, where it lay in the river for a year washing out wood acids.
it then dried in the netherlands for the following two years. finished with a matte transparent varnish, the final product measures 3 meters in diameter. 

‘wood ring bench’ will be exhibited at the galerie kreo in paris from march 8th until may 2nd, 2012. 

assembling the 100 pieces 

top view of bench

grain continues through the bench 

tapered parts fit together in a circular form 

lumber from canada 

general idea of wood grain continuing through the solid wood 

view of the inside of the tapered pine segment 

process image 

detail of the wood before it was finished 

  • cool & clearly explained

    ardesmida says:
  • very good concept and follow through, wish I would have thought of that!

    FJR says:
  • what a waste of wood!

    bilbobaggins says:
  • what`s the reason WHF?!

    somebody says:
  • Massive waste of material. Poor design and lack of concern for the environment.

    Mike says:
  • art should be the only authorized way to craft wood

    LUCIANO says:
  • Guess I would have accepted the wasteful design in terms of use of material as the outcome is impressive, nevertheless if one pays attention to the way the wood is used, it is inevitable that within a short time the centers of the lumber will start cracking (as is actually happening in the section photo) – which raises questions on the understanding of the material and its application.
    The design per se’ is interesting, but the one log usage and visual seems insensitive in terms of material use and in terms of sensitivity to the ongoing debate regarding environmental efficiency and sustenance ; and in that aspect reduces the designs validity.

    ubico says:
  • yup….i don\’t see the point at all….

    shiva says:
  • the designer has just informed us that the image of the lumber above is not for one \’wood ring bench\’, but for 10. please keep in mind that all furniture made from wood has some waste associated to its manufacturing.

    bora db says:
  • it can be argued that the concept may be a bit insensitive to the ongoing dialog regarding environmental efficiency. however, the cracks in the lumber are certainly a result of the drying process and to my eye have probably stabilized and will cause no structural issues. we have a few (very old and very beautiful) solid softwood stools from japan that were cut from a single log– they have cracks that propagate from the center, and pose no structural issues at all, so the assertion that the designer does not understand the material is being a bit unfair. often if a crack in a large timber is exposed, it can be treated with a butterfly key inlay if necessary, which is a beautiful thing in and of itself.

    lgover says:
  • Not a lot of woodworkers in this comment board I see…. The cracks, along with the knots and general imperfections of the bench, make it clear that this is construction grade lumber, which means that if you attempted to cut it thin, it would not be structurally acceptable for use…. thus this is quite a proper use of material that would otherwise merely end up inside of a building.

    This, in general is the problem with designers, no real knowledge of the material or the craft of making, and a lot of holier than thou gasbaggery.

    Ted says:
  • poor design, poor wood!

    JacopoDB says:

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