pine rosin cheese covers by fabien barrero carsenat
pine rosin cheese covers by fabien barrero carsenat pine rosin cheese covers by fabien barrero carsenat
feb 12, 2013

pine rosin cheese covers by fabien barrero carsenat

‘pinus pinaster’ by fabien barrero-carsenatimage courtesy of fabien barrero-carsenat


the stockholm furniture & light fair‘s greenhouse program provides a platform for young creatives and students of selected design schools to exhibit their product prototypes and research to manufacturers and industry professionals.


fabien barrero + carsenat created ‘pinus pinaster’, a set of cheese cover sets made molded from pine rosin. each handmade so that no two are the same, their appearance is derived from the natural amber coloration of the tree residue which has been collected via a traditional process originating from les landes, in the south of france.


the work is the outcome of the french designer’s historical and chemical exploration of this rough material – considering sustainability and eco-friendly design approaches in the process of developing the various objects – whose uncontrolled results and imperfections provide a unique material identity and aesthetic dimension.


the various moulds for forming the cheese covers



the application of the viscous substance for food preservation is appropriate, the anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties found within aiding in the maturation of cheese. the covers are accompanied by three different wooden trays, each one displaying unique characteristics: cedar – strong perfumed, recommended for individuals who want their cheese flavored and preserved longer; cherry – aesthetic  tray for smooth and delicate taste; hornbeam – neutral tray which does not carry any additional smells.



 experimentation with different mixtures of resin








‘pinus pinaster’ image © designboom





resulting cheese covers and wooden mouldimage © designboom



pine rosin cheese coversimage © designboom



the natural amber residue offers a unique material identity and aesthetic dimensionimage © designboom







experimentation with resin




sketch of different shapes of cheese covers





the making process












pine rosin cheese covers






displaying the translucency of the amber materialimage © designboom




designer fabien barrero-carsenatimage © designboom


  • That is Cool. Science meets art. Bravo!


    JimCan says:
  • Wonderful! Really would love a couple of these. Especially for the “gammel ost.”

    J.Horton says:

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