Eco-Friendly Furniture Uses Glowing Bio Resin to "Self Heal" Salvaged Wood

In nature, trees can heal themselves when wounded while simultaneously promoting healthy growth. Inspired by this self-repairing process, German design company Manufract has created unique furniture pieces that combine salvaged oak with bio resins–this material repairs the wood and forms it into its final, sturdy shape.

Manufract's eco-friendly approach to furniture construction has a distinct aesthetic advantage. The cracks and broken pieces of oak are highlighted (rather than concealed) with the colorful filler. Scattered throughout the form, the resin captures the light to resemble frozen water and a shimmering amber.

Aside from its visually stunning effect, Manufract has breathed new life into a material that would've otherwise been discarded–they see its potential disadvantages as unique design challenges. If you're interested in the construction process, check out how Mike Warren created a similar DIY table using a glow-in-the-dark resin.

Manufract applies this same technique to jewelry, too:

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via [Design Milk, Treehugger]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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