Void(wood) Chair by Pieter and Thijs Bedaux
by Harry / October 27, 2011
From Pieter and Thijs Bedaux, a plywood chair that's "first and foremost an experiment in tectonics. Its architectural composition of planes communicates both a concern for comfort as well as strength, and of course ultimately beauty."


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Void(wood) chair

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Void(steel) chair

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Two years after Void(steel) two dutch cousins Pieter and Thijs Bedaux have released their latest chair Void(wood). Pieter works as an architect and Thijs runs a furniture workshop. Both cousins are united in www.bedauxfurniture.nl.

Void(wood) is first and foremost an experiment in tectonics. Its architectural composition of planes communicates both a concern for comfort as well as strength, and of course ultimately beauty. The chair tries to reconcile these tectonic gestures within its overall sculptural geometry.

Plywood is the material of choice. Wood is already a material with a certain play or slack; it moves. It is pliable to meet demands of both comfort and ideality. The material has an evolution; a progression from linear element to plane to finally object by the hand of the designer. These different states are shuffled and multiplied within the design. Alternating between 2D and 3D design techniques the bodywork of the chair is simultaneously molded as a mass and wrapped in cut-out planes to become a self-sustaining load-bearing wooden shell.

Shifting your viewpoint of the chair, its actual nature is alternately revealed and obscured. Sometimes demarcated with finite lines, sometimes curving and bending, it suggests a tension between void and mass, between emptiness and presence.

Where the instantly recognizable shape activates collective memory, the different strokes of character also allow for divergence from this notion of unity or singularity. The pliability of the material meets that of the designer. The chair in the end expresses the happy process of trying to find that playful mix. It is a multiplicity in plywood.

Design: Pieter Bedaux
Assemblage: Thijs Bedaux
Photos: Rogier Fokke, Huub van der Loo
Text: Jeroen Mak

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